A New Blog Series Featuring Interviews With Former H.S. Seniors...
A few years ago I did Annie's amazing senior portrait session at the Crane Estate in Ipswich, MA. We decided to do a photo shoot that would feature her casual, fun-loving personality as well as her more introverted and introspective side. I also brought along one of my vintage dresses to take advantage of the dramatic scenery and show Annie in a totally new light.
I love following up with my past seniors to see how they are doing.
I hope their college "stories" will educate and inspire other high school seniors as well as help ease the anxieties that come with transitioning from high school to college.
SRP: Hi Annie! First off, what college are you attending and what is your major?
Annie: I am going into my junior year at UMass Amherst and I'm a sports management major at the Isenberg School of Business.
SRP: When you first went away to college, were there things you missed about High School?
Annie: The thing I miss most from high school is my teammates. I was very involved in cross country and track so I miss seeing everyone everyday after school.
SRP: What do you wish you knew about Freshman year of college that no one prepared you for?
Annie: I wish I knew to get involved right away. I was too shy to join any clubs on campus or sign up for intramural teams first semester. However, once I became more involved with everything on campus I met so many people and made a lot of friends.
SRP: What is the biggest difference between college vs high school?
Annie: The biggest difference for me was adjusting from growing up in a small town where everyone knew each other to the experience of going to a school with 20,000+ students. I love being able to meet someone new every day.
SRP: What do you love the most about college?
Annie: One of the things I love most about college is the new friends that I have made. I don't know what I would do with out them and we have so many great memories together that I will never forget.
SRP: What is the most challenging thing about college?
Annie: The hardest part about college is definitely the workload. A majority of my free time goes to studying and catching up on readings. I really had to learn how to budget my time efficiently and balance my social life with school life.
SRP: What is your ideal job/career when you graduate from UMass?
Annie: Ideally I hope to work for a professional sports team or league. I have been working in baseball the past two summers and I absolutely love it. I have also touched on college hockey and women's basketball putting in a lot of volunteer hours. In the long run, wherever I end up, my goal is to continue to break down the gender barrier in the industry and represent women in sports.
SRP: How have you changed since leaving home for college?
Annie: Since leaving for college I have grown tremendously. The most important thing that I've learned is to step out of my comfort zone and try new things. I've found that every time I did, I grew as an individual whether it was my independence, career, grades, or simply learning from my mistakes.
SRP: Any final words for the High School class of 2018?
Annie: College flys by! I know everyone says that but I never really took them seriously but it's so true. It feels like yesterday when I moved into my freshmen dorm and now I am already an upperclassman again and graduation is right around the corner.