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Farewell, Seniors

As the end of the semester draws nearer and spring weather is finally upon us, 53 Park St. is filled with a mix of excitement and sadness. Excitement for finals to soon be over, new jobs and internships to start, and summer nights that feel endless. Yet as all those things draw nearer, so does the farewell of our beloved seniors, and for that we are not prepared. We are not prepared to not see their smiling faces everywhere on campus, and not prepared to say goodbye to our mentors, our partners in crime, our best friends, our sisters.

Here is a look into the awesome things our seniors will be doing post-graduation.

Claire Gardner is continuing her education toward a bachelor’s degree in nursing at Salem State University. Meg Musser is on her way to the University of Delaware to pursue a Masters of Science in the Plant and Soil Science, as well as to work as a Research Assistant for the Plant and Soil Science team there. Hunter Hitchman is sticking around with us, as she will be attending graduate school here at St. Lawrence in the counseling program.

Julia Ristine has taken an internship with Aspen Peak Magazine and will be moving to either Utah or Idaho.

Maia Furnari is spending her summer at home in Vermont helping her sister move and nannying for her nephew, and then she will be moving to Boston in late summer.

Sydney Henegan is soon to be a research assistant in the Pediatric Department at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

We have several women heading to work in the financial industry. Maddie St. Pierre is moving to Buffalo, where she accepted a position at M&T Bank’s Headquarters in their Management Development Program, with a focus on Branch Management. After acquiring a position from an internship last summer, Jenny Scudder is moving to San Jose after graduation to work for eBay. Libby Roberts is off to work as a Financial Institute Specialist at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) in New York City. Maddie Rice is very excited to move to NYC as well and start a position with S&P Global Market Intelligence in their Associate Development Program in July. She will even be living with two KDS alumnae: Sarah Evarts and Julie Rogers!

Finally, we have three women heading to the Peace Corps. Very soon, Catie O’Connell will be in Senegal working as an environment and forestry change agent teaching sustainable practices to local communities, Rachel Snitzer will be in Botswana as an HIV/AIDS capacity builder and life skills educator, and Maeghan Connor will be in the Philippines as a coastal resource management volunteer. Go change the world ladies!

Here are some things that our seniors will miss about KDS, and some advice they wish to leave behind.

“At KDS I will miss meal time, where everyone is in the dining room catching up and talking about their day. It was always a great study break, and gave me a chance to talk to sisters that I didn’t get to see on a regular basis.” -Sydney Henegan

“I’m going to miss seeing my best friends every day and leaving KDS which has become home for me.” -Lauren Soule

“I will miss being surrounded by so many amazing people, who never cease to impress me. I am grateful to have been able to live with such a supportive group of people and to have made long-lasting friendships that I can carry on into my life after college.” -Libby Roberts

“Practice self-care. Practice not just when it gets to the point of necessity, practice it always. You are important and a priority, and you owe it to yourself.” -Shannon Casey

“Take advantage of every opportunity on campus. Branch out and do things that make you uncomfortable and meet new people that you might not know! I tried to do this over the past 2 years and I wish I had done it from the start of my SLU career.” -Paige Gannon

“Never take the small things too seriously because in a year from now they won’t matter or be worth stressing over!” -Maddie Rice

“Have fun. Whether it’s going out, going for a sunrise hike in the morning, skiing for a weekend, have fun while you’re here! Do what makes you happy!” -Anna Cummings-Krueger

“Wherever life takes me, I know I’ll always miss and cherish the small moments shared with sisters who are so special. I’ll miss walking into the house and being greeted by so many smiling and supportive faces, hanging out and talking about life in each other’s rooms for hours, Dunkin’ runs, and drives looking for cows to see. I always have sisters to support and share encouraging words me along the way and that is something I will forever be thankful for.” -Emily Parent

Congratulations on everything you have accomplished ladies! Each of you has shown us what it means to be fun, intelligent, graceful, compassionate, and selfless individuals – essentially, you have taught us what it means to be Kappa Delta Sigma. I know you must all move on and share with the entire world the same love you have shown to St. Lawrence. I can’t help but be a little selfish though and wish we could keep you here with us longer. You are all exceedingly strong, intensely passionate, and irrevocably loved women who will be missed dearly. Have faith in who you are, because we all believe in you and wish you nothing but endless happiness. So go forth excitedly and guiltlessly into the world, but know you will always have a home here with us.

In love and friendship,

Jordan Flanagan

 

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