Student Advice From Outgoing Seniors

PHOTO COURTESY OF HALEY SHORT

BY TARA OBERLAG 
STAFF WRITER

As the spring semester of school is ending, seniors who are graduating have some final words to offer before they walk across the stage on Saturday, May 13.


This can be an emotional time for graduating seniors. Some are starting their lives out in the working world or going to graduate school. These graduating seniors offered some advice for incoming freshman for next semester and reflected on some of their favorite experiences while attending Westminster.

Paige Townsend, ’17, said her advice would be, “Attend every class and build a good relationship with your professors–they are always there to help you.”

Her favorite experience was creating a social life since it’s such a small community.

“It’s easy to become friends with people from all different backgrounds. It’s easy to meet people through your sports, classes, or weekend events,” she said.

These graduating seniors offered some words of advice for incoming freshman for next semester and reflected on some of their favorite experiences while attending Westminster.

Senior Kristin Alley said: “Enjoy every day at Westminster, go do something you wouldn’t normally do, join a club and make a friend that is different from you. These years really do go by fast.” Her best experience was the campus. “It’s like a small family, and everyone looks out for each other and it feels like a home away from home,” she said.

Alley will be working in Dallas, Texas, after graduation, she said.

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Graduating seniors will walk through the Columns following Commencement. PHOTO BY TARA OBERLAG.

Javier Martin, a senior from Spain, said: “Make friends everywhere, from all backgrounds, and enjoy every second of it. The more friends you have the less problems you have. Try everything, it’s better to look back and regret the things you did do than look back and regret not to have tried them.”

Martin’s favorite experience at Westminster was spending every weekend with the guys from SAE and other houses, as they all helped in class and personal life.

Roberta Burns, ’17, gave this advice: “Always say yes to new opportunities and experiences, and do not be afraid to get out of your comfort zone. Westminster has endless ways to ensure that you have an incredible and memorable four years here, so make sure to utilize all of them.”

Her favorite experience was walking across campus and running into people that she knew and wanted to talk to.

“Even on bad weeks, I’ll have an awesome five-minute conversation with a student or a staff or faculty member and I remember how many amazing aspects there are to Westminster College and why I’m so lucky to have gone here,” she said.

“Enjoy every day at Westminster, go do something you wouldn’t normally do, join a club and make a friend that is different from you, these years really do go by fast.” –Kristin Alley, ’17

The incoming freshmen have a lot to look forward to at Westminster College because there are so many ways to get involved whether it is with a club, sports or Greek Life. After graduation, seniors can still come back and be a part of Alumni Weekend or other events on campus. This is a very grand time for all coming-and-going Westminster students.

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