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Graduating Class:Graduating Class of 2017
College Acceptance:East Carolina University
What year did you start at JPII?
I started here as a freshman. My sister was a part of the first graduating class, so when she was a senior I was a freshman. My family really valued the idea of a private, Catholic education so I just went with the flow. In the beginning, it was hard because all my friends went to public school but I just dove in and developed a community and a family here. I have a lot of great friends now because of it. The education here is just so much better and you can still get the same social life here. At the same time, you’re going to get the opportunity to play a lot of different sports and be a part of extracurricular activities that are just great bonuses at JPII.
What did you do for your Senior Thesis?
My thesis project was about competition and what it does to a human person. I looked at if you being a competitive person makes you better or worse at the end of the day. I looked into a lot of different research for the project. I looked at investigations on how people handle themselves when different problems come up at a competition. I even looked at the good things you can get out of a competition.
Where are you heading after graduation?
I’m not heading too far away, I’ll be staying in Greenville and going to ECU to study business. My family is big ECU fans. I thought that I wanted to get out and go to a different town and stuff, but I have friends who already go there and seeing how the university is sort of its own town in itself, I really like the feel and the vibe of ECU.
What is one of your favorite memories from your time at JPII?
I would have to say my sophomore year when our soccer team made it to the State playoffs. We didn’t make it past the first game but it was the first year the school ever made it that far. It was cool to be a part of that team and the overall experience.
What is one piece of advice you would leave behind for an underclassman?
I would say to cherish and value your time here. Don’t rush yourself through high school. At some point, like when you’re in my situation, you realize you only have one week left and yeah, college will be fun, but you’re going to miss everything you had here.