Reflections and Lessons from the Class of 2016
BY COURTNEY GALLAGHER
This Saturday, the class of 2016 will walk through the columns one last night time as graduates of Westminster College. The Columns asked three students, Jordyn Williams, Lori Hoertel and Jamie Striler, to reflect on their time as undergraduates as they look forward to their futures and post-grad life.
Q: When you look back at your time at Westminster, what do you think was your most memorable moment?
Williams: I can’t think of just one specific thing!
Hoertel: I would say my most memorable moment was walking through the columns as a freshman and seeing the huge crowd of Westminster students greeting me and throwing confetti. Little did I know those people would become some of my closest friends.
Striler: Hands down, my study abroad experience. I realize this wasn’t technically at Westminster, but I highly recommend traveling outside the country to everyone.
Q: What will you miss most about being here?
Williams: I will miss the close relationships that I have formed, both with friends and faculty. Westminster has brought me to my best friends, and it will be very difficult not seeing them every day next year. I’ll also miss having professors who genuinely care about the well-being of students, inside and outside of the classroom.
Hoertel: I will miss the feeling of home and comfort that Westminster has always provided. I will also miss living with my freshman-year seminar friends and right next door to another one of my best friends. The relationships I have made at Westminster have truly enriched my college experience.
Striler: The people. I’ve made some pretty amazing friends during my time at Westminster.
Q: Where do you see yourself in five years?
Williams: In five years, I hope to be finishing up my residency after graduating from pharmacy school. I’d like to be settling down and finding a full-time job as a hospital pharmacist.
Hoertel: I see myself teaching in St. Louis, finished with my master’s, and perfectly content.
Striler: Graduation round 3! (Jamie has been accepted into the University of Central Florida’s Industrial and Organizational Psychology doctorate program).
Q: What advice do you have for the incoming senior class?
Williams: Even though you think you can’t wait to get out of school, you can. Take in every moment of your last year because it will be over before you know it.
Hoertel: I would tell the incoming seniors to not take life too seriously. Senior year can get overwhelming at times, but it’s really important to step back and take a break at times to just push everything off and have fun with friends, or to just ignore responsibilities and waste the entire day. Everything will eventually get done, but it is so important to remember that and take time for yourself.
Striler: Start figuring out your post-graduation plans as soon as you can. It will make second semester a whole lot less stressful.
Q: What is one thing you learned at Westminster that will stay with you for the rest of your life?
Williams: It isn’t enough to lead a life of only success. You must strive to make each day and each action significant if you want to be truly happy.
Hoertel: I learned that, if you take the time to look around, there are so many great people doing great things in the world. Westminster is full of some of those people, and it truly gives you a chance to develop into a leader and a professional. Westminster has given me an education that makes me feel like I am ready to take on all of life’s twists and turns.
Striler: College has taught me the full importance of time management. Between classes, sports, the organizations I joined and a social life, it was imperative I figured out a work-life balance.