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Profiling Our Seniors’ Next Moves

Class of 2011 Senior Plans

Oliver Beirne plans to attend the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign because it is so well-known for the fields he would like to explore: architecture, business and engineering. He also found it to be a friendly campus with a wide array of intramural sports activities. In fact, Oliver joined a basketball game with college students when he visited the campus, and highly encourages informal interaction like that as a way to evaluate a school. Oliver will also keep Drexel University in the back of his mind as he found its internship program very appealing, and loved its location in Philadelphia.

Elodie Betend beams when she talks about attending the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) next year. SAIC does not require students to declare a concentration at the outset of their education, and so, Elodie will be able to sample classes in metals, photography and textiles, among others. SAIC even offers a culinary class, a field which Elodie has considered. Staying in Chicago will allow Elodie to stay connected to the arts scene in Chicago while maintaining ties to friends in the city.

Seth Brav-McCabe plans a year of exploration as well as continued employment. He will likely take classes at a community college and/or the Vitruvian Art School. His goal is to assemble an art portfolio encompassing his interests in drawing, illustration and 3-D modeling. From there Seth may head to art school, or find that a portfolio will lead him directly to an internship or work. He also hopes to travel to Germany to see friends, and to Ireland to see family.

Jackson Hallman will take a year off and enter the job market in order to gain work experience, earn money and determine his career goals. Following that, he anticipates that he will take classes at one of the City Colleges of Chicago. Since his 3-week internship at a Chicago Fire Department station, he has had thoughts about becoming a paramedic or EMT and would like to investigate that possibility. He also anticipates that he will continue to sketch and paint in his free time.

Laura Holdrege will attend St. Olaf College in Minnesota, a selective liberal arts school which ranks #15 in the nation among all colleges and universities by Princeton Review for best quality of life. She was impressed with the strong sense of community and trust among students and faculty members. Laura looks forward to exploring the fields of psychology and accounting, among others. In addition, she will continue to play the violin and will look into the possibility of trying out for the volleyball team. A great study abroad program at St. Olaf sealed the deal for Laura.

Olivia Juarez will attend Alfred University in New York as an art student. She has commented many times about the amazing art department and facilities, and the endless variety of art sub-specialties to delve into. She is especially interested in ceramics, digital art, sonic art, video art, sculpture, neon art and glass-blowing. She expects that the small class sizes will engage her both artistically and intellectually. Alfred also has a strong business program and Olivia will be able to take classes that will help prepare her for the practical considerations of working in the art world. The possibility of studying abroad in Australia intrigues her as well.

Michael Moratto will head toward warmer weather next year when he enrolls at Eckerd College in Florida. He describes the campus as having a familial and friendly atmosphere, a future home away from home. Michael’s current interests are psychology and perhaps anthropology, and he looks forward to taking a wide variety of classes. He notes that there are 100+ club/organizations at Eckerd, offering many opportunities to get involved in student life. Michael is already keeping in touch with another “first-year” who was on the same campus tour with him when he visited Eckerd. And, he already has plans to travel to England during his first holiday break!

Naomi Muskovin has chosen Wheaton College in Massachusetts for many reasons: a strong music department, highly regarded science department, new science center, a unique major in psychobiology, and a truly diverse community which welcomes both liberal and conservative viewpoints. Wheaton’s location among several small towns offers many community service opportunities. Because it is not too far from Boston or Providence, there are many internship possibilities as well. Naomi is also interested in ethno-musicology and would love to be able to study abroad in Africa and immerse herself in a foreign culture. Another “plus” is that students at Wheaton are able to take courses not offered at their college at nearby Brown University.

Rachel Osran is very excited to attend the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)! Her senior internship in the biology department and labs at UIC helped her to see the many opportunities available there. Rachel will live on campus and would like to reside on the dorm floor which is reserved for women in science and math so that she can make friends with students of similar interest. Her major will be biology, but her choice of UIC is related more to the intangible “feel” of the campus. Rachel loved the energy and diversity there; in fact, UIC is known as one of the most diverse schools in the nation. In addition, she found student engagement to be high with many organizations and ways to get involved.

Blake Palder will attend Hobart & William Smith, a selective liberal arts college in the scenic Finger Lakes Region of New York. Blake was especially impressed by the sense of community and support at HWS; it is more than simple friendliness and is something that is promoted by the structure of its programs. Like many schools, HWS offers freshman orientation and seminars. However, Blake will also live in a “learning center” with the participants of her seminar class, a practice which has been found to promote bonding among students and faculty. Blake likes the fact that it is in a somewhat remote location. This strengthens community participation since students do not leave the campus on the weekends. Blake is looking forward to exploring a variety of classes and majors.

Silvana Poole is approaching her college years with a sense of adventure, and will attend Bennington College in Vermont. She is happy to go to a school which has a strong emphasis in the arts and a wide array of arts classes to choose from. She is similarly enthusiastic about the academic classes, as she has already heard from someone that she knows who is attending there, that classes are “mind-blowing”. Indeed, Bennington ranks very highly among all colleges and universities for student engagement in the classroom, in part due to its emphasis on experiential learning. Silvana is undecided about a major, but is definitely planning to take courses in ceramics and education. But mostly, she is greatly looking forward to the unknown.

Nick Park-Reynolds has officially chosen to attend the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and has applied for a one year deferment. Unofficially, he is contemplating something much more fluid for his future. He would like to live in a different locale and to work for awhile, perhaps in construction. Nick also envisions travel, particularly to Germany where he has relatives. Higher education plans in the future may include studies in music or art. However, this doesn’t really capture the essence of adventure that he is hoping to experience in the near future: that of one thing leading to another, living in an unplanned way which allows unexpected opportunities to arise, and the exploration of a meandering life path.

Hannah Prinz will enroll at Loyola University in Chicago in the fall. She wants very much to stay in Chicago, and to be close to family and friends. However, Loyola can also nurture her adventurous side as the school has a campus in Rome, which allows both U.S. and Italian students to move seamlessly between the two locations. She will live in a dorm on campus and will take classes in education, philosophy, theology and art. Education holds a special interest for Hannah as she has experienced both Waldorf and conventional school settings. Who knows – someday we may see her in Arcturus classes!

Lena Smith will attend Luther College, a selective liberal arts college in Iowa. Lena is an outdoor girl, and was immediately intrigued by Luther’s beautiful campus and many nearby outdoor pursuits, including canoeing, rock climbing, bike trails and hiking trails. A double major in biology and psychology is currently under consideration by Lena. Her top interest right now is marine biology, but she is open to other sub-specialties of biology. Interestingly, good marine biology programs can be found away from coastal areas as marine biology also encompasses river and lake habitats. The music program at Luther is renowned and Lena will continue to play the violin there.

Mike Wright will attend Eckerd College in Florida in the fall. He visited the campus twice and found the learning environment to be wonderfully similar to Waldorf. “Think outside” is the school motto, and this is reflected in the physical layout of the campus. There are no interior hallways in the buildings and most classrooms are directly connected to the outdoors. Mike plans to study environmental science or marine biology, two majors for which Eckerd is highly regarded. The chance to take a scuba diving class makes Eckerd all the more appealing to Mike.

Submitted by CWS College Counselor, Diane Meinke


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