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Graduating Class:Graduating Class of 2017
College Acceptance:East Carolina UniversityNC State University
What year did you start at JPII?
I started my freshman year. My sister was a part of the first graduating class here and we were always involved in the school. I was never not wanting to go here, I loved it. I saw the changes it made in my sister and I wanted to be a part of it. I saw the impact it had on her, not only socially with making great friends, but spiritually as well, and I wanted that. I wanted a deeper connection with friends, with family and with my spiritual life.
What did you do for your Senior Thesis?
My senior thesis was whether or not stereotypes are beneficial to a certain extent. At first, I was arguing the topic of how stereotypes are terrible, we all see those aspects of them. We’ve all been victims of stereotypes, but as I started writing I started to see some good things that can come out of it. I noticed that we stereotype, stereotypes. In reality, if we do it correctly and not to hurt people but to actually help you recognize what different people have been through. You can start to understand people a little bit better and it helps you build a bridge and not a wall.
Where are you heading after graduation?
I am going to ECU, but only for the fall semester and then I’ll be heading to N.C. State in the spring. I wanted to say that I was a Pirate for at least a semester, then maybe I’ll come back. I don’t know. I’m not sure what I am majoring in yet, but I was thinking architecture or engineering, I’m leaning more towards that.
What is one of your favorite memories from your time at JPII?
There are so many to choose from, but there is one that sticks out more than others. We have a school-wide retreat at the beginning of the year, for everybody, and usually, the seniors plan the retreat. It’s always a fun time because you spend the night in cabins and this year we went to Camp Donlee. We just joined together for a campfire and we had spiritual time and we prayed and worshiped. During the day we had a lot of games and it’s just an amazing bonding experience that you get to experience it with the whole school. This year I was one of the speakers and I opened myself up to the whole school and I just went to a deeper level. It was just a really cool experience.
What is one piece of advice you would leave behind for an underclassman?
Don’t take high school too seriously and overwhelm yourself. I know I have had so many experiences where I get so frustrated and I have to tell myself, “it is just high school.” Every aspect of high school you think it’s going to ruin the rest of your life, but just take a deep breath and realize that there is a bigger picture. There are so many other people going through the same situations as you, you just have to push through and know you can do it!