Three Seniors Reflect on Past, Look Forward to Future

Madison Polack, Staff Writer, Advanced Journalism

NDA will be saying final goodbyes to the 2015-2016 senior class this weekend. Anne Fife, Nick Robinson, and Monica Majeski are among some of the exceptional students and athletes graduating. They were kind enough to share their favorite memories from NDA and how they feel about their future.

Describe your emotions as you graduate.

Anne Fife: To be completely honest, it hasn’t quite hit me yet. I am at the stage where I am definitely looking forward to graduation and moving on to new things, but at the same time this is my home and my childhood. I have spent the last four years here, and it is hard to comprehend that in just two weeks I will officially be done. I would say it is bittersweet, and these four years definitely fly by.

Nick Robinson: Sad that I have to grow up, but very excited for what college has to offer.

Monica Majeski: Everyone always says high school goes by so fast, and I never believed it until now. It’s bittersweet to see my high school years come to a close. I am ready to move on to greater things, but at the same time it is sad to part ways with the people I have spent the last four years with.

Are you nervous? Anxious?

Anne Fife: Yes, I am nervous but not in a bad way. It is more nervous-excitement because I’ll be entering something entirely new to me. It will be the first time that I will be on my own, and that is really nerve wracking to think about. Preparing for college has really made me realize how much my parents do for me, and it really makes me thankful to know that I’ve had such supportive parents. Knowing my parents will continue to support me and be there for me throughout my life has also lessened how nervous and anxious I am.

Nick Robinson: Very anxious. College can’t come soon enough.

Monica Majeski: I am both nervous and anxious! I am nervous to be completely independent and anxious to see what the future holds for all of us.

Have you decided on your college or postgraduate plans?

Anne Fife: I will be attending Michigan Technological University this fall. I am going to major in either biomedical engineering or biochemistry on a pre-med track, and I also am planning on minoring in Spanish. I am going to play soccer there, too! I am very excited.

Nick Robinson: I will be attending the University of Wisconsin in the fall. Though I’ve decided to stop running competitively, I’m considering joining the crew (rowing) team or possibly intramurals.

Monica Majeski: I will be attending St. Cloud State and majoring in athletic training. I am also playing soccer.

What was your favorite memory at NDA?

Anne Fife: My favorite memory at NDA was soccer state last year. It was a great end to the season and an amazing feeling to have all of our hard work throughout the season pay off!

Nick Robinson: Having the privilege of getting to know Mr. Pauly over the years.

Monica Majeski:  My favorite memory at NDA is going to state for soccer and attending Academy Ball.

What will you miss the most?

Anne Fife: I’m going to miss the community that we have here at NDA, and I am going to miss seeing all of my friends every day. I am also going to miss all of the underclassmen that I have grown really close to.

Nick Robinson: I will miss having a faith-based education, along with the many resources offered such as morning mass and Eucharistic adoration.

Monica Majeski: I will mostly miss all of the people I met and all of the memories we shared.

What was your favorite class you took at NDA and why?

Anne Fife: My favorite class was definitely Honors and Advanced Biology! I love biology, and I loved learning all of the information that was taught. That class definitely influenced my decision for picking a major.

Nick Robinson: IB English with Mrs. Brown because it took two years to realize that taking this class was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.

Monica Majeski: Honors Junior English because Ms. Mahlock is the best and she challenged me to think in ways I didn’t think were possible.

What sports did you participate in at NDA?

Anne Fife: I played soccer all four years.

Nick Robinson: Cross Country and Track and Field.

Monica Majeski: I ran cross country freshman and sophomore year and played soccer all four years.

What is the one lesson you will take away from NDA?

Anne Fife: Stay true to your faith.

Nick Robinson: It is only high school.

Monica Majeski: Always be yourself and don’t be afraid to make mistakes.

The NDA Tritonian wishes Anne, Nick, Monica and the Class of 2016 the best of luck going into the future!