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2022 Senior Showcase

To celebrate the extraordinary, resilient, and unforgettable Class of 2022, we asked seniors to share advice, reflections, and memories in their own words (including via haiku).

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Malyn Banitt-Moore

Write a haiku about your time at Mac:

Turck 1, Wallace 3/Café Mac, Humanities:/all where you'd find me!

Advice or tips for the incoming class:

The library is huge and full of books on any subject you can think of—take advantage of the sheer amount of volumes and have fun exploring the stacks, you never know which shelf is going to have the hidden gem that takes your research to the next level.

Nethmi Perera Bathige

Advice or tips for the incoming class:

My secret study spot on campus is not a secret: it is the fourth floor of the library where everything is quiet. It is where I went as a freshman and a sophomore to study when I had harder exams.

Eva Birkholz

Advice or tips for the incoming class:

Soak up as much sunlight as you possibly can while it's still nice out.

Leonardo Bucello

Advice or tips for the incoming class:

Never forget to leave time for yourself to relax, at least one hour at the end of each day if possible. This allowed me to maintain a very positive attitude towards school throughout my time here.

Haoyu Cai

Advice or tips for the incoming class:

Expect winters to be longer.

Katherine Chin

Advice or tips for the incoming class:

You can just put signs in the link! Like whenever you want!

Hannah Conner

Write a haiku about your time at Mac:

Yes, there were good times
Of course, there were tough times too
but oh how I've grown!

Advice or tips for the incoming class:

My best advice would be to learn from your peers. Macalester students have broad skillsets, talents, interests, and expertise. From them, you can learn extraordinary, niche, and, of course, goofy things. Don't be afraid to nerd out.

Also, if you have to choose between an all-nighter or sleep, choose sleep. It's in your best interest.

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Lily Denehy

Write a haiku about your time at Mac:

The springtime sunshine
wakes the hibernating school
take a study break

Advice or tips for the incoming class:

Secret study spot: Old Main 3, giant comfy chair—full stop. Plus, you're right above some of the best coffee on campus (English department!)

Danielle Freshwaters

Write a haiku about your time at Mac:

I ran faster than/all the squirrels. COVID came/but we made it through.

Advice or tips for the incoming class:

1. Don't forget to sleep. 2. Try chocolate milk with your cereal. 3. Get outside in the winter!

Annabel Gregg

Advice or tips for the incoming class:

Don’t overwhelm yourself by trying to do everything. Instead, find what makes you happy and do it well, whether that’s on campus or off campus.

John Haasch

Advice or tips for the incoming class:

Whenever possible, try and take one course a semester purely because it makes you happy. Grades and your GPA can be just as important as fostering friendships that last a lifetime.

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Katie Herrick

Advice or tips for the incoming class:

Get off campus! Take advantage of the incredible community and opportunities here in the Twin Cities.

Riley Hinklin

Advice or tips for the incoming class:

My Café Mac advice: One time in Café Mac they served a soup that was so good I almost cried. If they ever serve the Habanero Pork Black Bean soup again, you should definitely eat it.

Jennifer Huang

Advice or tips for the incoming class:

I changed my career path at a somewhat late point in my college life. Came in thinking that I would for sure pursue a PhD in psychology to become a psychologist or a clinical psychologist but I found myself panicking quite a bit when I realized that researching for psychology is not the way that I'd want to spend 5-6 years of my life. I then took on my double minors: computer science and data science, in hopes that they would be able to open new doors for me. At the end of my four years, I steered my ship to a whole new world and will be starting a career in IT at Wells Fargo as a psychology major! I don't know if this new career path is the one that suits me the most but I am happy to have spent all those years trying out a psychology research career only to start something completely new. All in all, any type of experience matters as long as you've tried your best and maybe puzzle pieces will come together in the end without you having to plan for it!

Jared Jageler

Advice or tips for the incoming class:

Mac is what you make of it. Have fun, take advantage of resources, go to office hours, and don't take yourself too seriously.

Andy Kern

Write a haiku about your time at Mac:

the elephant thought:
I should disguise myself as
a rock in a grave

Advice or tips for the incoming class:

If you aren't a baby cow, cow milk isn't meant for you. Learn how to cook beans and whole grains. It's super cheap, and you don't have to kill for those. Vegetables and mushrooms B)

Shelby Kruger

Advice or tips for the incoming class:

Tip #1: Interlibrary loan at the library is the most magical service ever. Want to watch a movie but can't find it for free? Interlibrary loan it. Don't want to pay to rent a textbook? Interlibrary loan it. Absolutely need to read the newest book by your favorite author? Interlibrary loan it. If the library doesn't have it, they will get it for you, because they want to make all your dreams come true.

Tip #2: Someone once told me if you're not sure what you want to do professionally, think back to what you loved as a child. What were your favorite places to be? What were your favorite activities? Then find a way to connect those early loves to your studies or a future career!

Mike Moreno

Marc Mutka Jr.

Advice or tips for the incoming class:

Put simply, I would advise any Mac student--current or incoming--to stop taking themselves so seriously. Give yourself a break when it comes to academics as well as life in whatever form that needs to be for you. Your undergrad is a time of self-growth and exploration, and you would do well to take full advantage of this idea in your four years at Macalester. As cliché as it sounds, make mistakes as often as you need to (and learn from them of course). Prioritize fun, memorable experiences—they don't come as often as you'd like. Don't worry so much about stuff that hasn't happened yet. Anxiety about the future has its place but if you give it too much room in your life it will distract you from enjoying the moment.

Shreya Nagdev

Advice or tips for the incoming class:

My favorite place to study was in Olri 3. All my professors were right there so I could always ask a million questions. Always go to Café mac weekend brunch. The breakfast potatoes and veggie sausage make up for the eggs! There's no way to find your passion, just don't freak out about your grades. College is way too short.