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Graduating Class:Graduating Class of 2017
College Acceptance:East Carolina University
What year did you start at JP2?
I started my freshman year, and I was a big part of the decision process to come here. The original plan was for me to go to D.H. Conley; both my older brother and sister went to school there. When my parents heard about JPII they definitely wanted me to come here and in the beginning I was against it but in the end I made the decision. I have always been used to a smaller setting. I went to St. Peters since kindergarten so I was already accustomed to this type of school environment. I also knew a few friends that were going here, which made me feel a bit more comfortable. Now, I am so glad I made the decision. The people that you meet, especially in a smaller environment, is a huge plus when it comes to JPII. You form much closer relationships to those around you, and those make a huge impact on your school education and your life in general.
What did you do for your Senior Thesis?
My thesis was art, specifically music, and how it impacts human behavior. When you view a certain piece of art or hear certain sounds it affects your brain, which in turn affects your actions. So when you look at a sad picture, you might feel sad verse a happy feeling to a happy picture. It also has to do with how you interpret what you’re looking at or hearing. You may also associate a certain thing with a past experience and that triggers a certain part of your brain, causing you to feel a certain way.
Where are you heading after graduation?
I’m not venturing out too far; I’ll be going to ECU, and I’ll be majoring in public health studies for now. I’m not sure if it will change or not but that’s what I’m going in as. I chose ECU because it is close to home and my family so I can visit whenever I want to. I know a lot of people there already and that gives me some comfort. I feel like no matter where I go, it’s going to be way different than what I am used to because I’ve gone to Catholic, private school all my whole life. For right now, though, for this part of my life, I wanted to stay close to home.
What is one of your favorite memories from your time at JPII?
I don’t know; I definitely have a lot. I don’t know if I have a specific memory but I know sophomore year our Theology teacher at the time, Tim Schosser, every class with him something different would happen. Every day with him was new, and we just had a lot of memories with him in that class.
What is one piece of advice you would leave behind for an underclassman?
You need to learn how to manage your time, definitely. You’re going to be dealing with different classes and different things around you, especially if you’re an athlete. You have to balance schoolwork and athletics, so time management is a huge key. And, just always make sure to think about those around you. Think about the friends and relationships you’re going to form and how they are going to effect you in the long run.