Faculty and staff give advice to seniors about college


Aeowynn Ayres, Assistant Entertainment Editor

As the senior class’s high school experience comes to a close, they will be preparing for their next major life experience: college.

Going off to college can be scary, so some faculty and staff members at JC have provided some advice for the Class of 2021.
Fine Arts Chairman Lisa Collins, also the mother of a senior, said, “College is your time to explore and grow into your best self. Get involved in as much as possible. You will not only challenge your boundaries but meet new people and discover opportunities that you may not even know existed. Also, remember when times get tough, God always has your back.”
College Counselor Carrie Siemsen said, “Moving from high school to college is a very big transition,” meaning students may be “uncomfortable for a while.”
However, Mrs. Siemsen said, “It’s so important to put yourself out there and get involved in order to make the college feel more comfortable. Give it the time it deserves to adjust to your new beginning. Being uncomfortable in a new environment just means that you’re growing and learning, and that’s exactly what is supposed to happen.”
Computer Science Teacher Kimberly Cadle said that seniors will be “very busy with classes, but try to get involved in something outside of your classes. . . It can be easy to isolate yourself when you are starting at a new school where you do not know anyone yet, but whether it’s joining a sports team, a club, the choir, or something else, making new friends will help ease the stress of being in a new environment.”
Dean of Students Sean Ireton advised, “As you move forward into the next phase of your life, continue using your support people; you know who they are: parents, grandparents, teachers, coaches, mentors, and friends. They are the ones who love you, care for you, and want you to succeed in life. My love for the John Carroll students has always been in my heart.”
Good luck to the 2021 senior class in all of their future endeavors!