2021 SENIOR WILLINGS & ADVICE
Each year, Visitation seniors entrust their favorite traditions, possessions, and inside jokes to their underclass sisters for safekeeping. The Class of 2021 has had to endure a year unlike any other, but they have led with joy, strength, and grace. Here are the memories that the Class of 2021 wishes to share with you.
Lizzie Nelson, Macalester College
"High school is a time of self-discovery. Make an effort to find something you love to do, and when you do, everything will fall into place." To Siobhán Dobie and Lynne Hoang: STAND :) To Amaia Walsh: The future of women in technical theatre. <3 To RJ Jones: The courage to be who you are and be that well (not that you need it).
Annie Groebner, Gustavus Adolphus College
"Don't be afraid to try new things that are out of your comfort zone it may be the best decision of your life." Caroline Doran-my shower in the locker room Caitlin O'Neill-the fun in french class The entire hockey team- my bag of random stuff
Katherine McCarr, Marquette University
"Take in every moment, you will blink and it is over." Philippians 4:13 The Car Drive with Tommy & the Third Level: Elizabeth McCarr The Preparing for College Jokes: Dawg Tennessen The Title of the Grumpiest: Grump Bushlack My Volunteering Hat: Meow Meow Thaler My Special Spot in Susan’s: Caitlin O’Neill My Bed: Sophia Rahn The Silly HELLO: Lucy Berigan My Spanish...
Balor O’Donnel, University of Tampa
"Sleep when you're dead." I will the University of Tampa swim team to Maddie McGrath. I will my sweater to Maddie McGrath, she needs it.
Amelia Grady, Colorado College
"Spend time with the people you feel your best with!" To Sonja and Anna: Science club To Libby: Sonic and my soul To Lauren and Bea: Pen and pottery To Annika, Nora, Grace, B, and Sonja: Carpool karaoke To Madelyn: my heart
Sarah Dyrhaug, Marquette University
"Participate in what makes you happy, not what others want you to do." I will Doug to Megan Bushlack (Jeremiah) I will the Pilot to Samantha Wills
Fae Katras, Vanderbilt University
"Don't let any number or grade define your self-worth." I will Ellen Slawin the Park Center Boys Basketball Team I will Kathryn Thurlow the Stir Fry Remix of the Star-Spangled Banner I will Ella Sukup the swamplings
Maggie Nozel, Marquette University
"Know who you are and stand up for it." To Elizabeth Mccarr, I will Emily Nozel. Look out for my little sister while I'm gone :) To Emily Nozel , I will you the toaster car, my closet, Adam Roszkowski, and endless attention from mom and dad. I will Lucy Berg my bed on any night of the week and unlimited domino games with my parents. I will Kate Kelly, Meghan Bushlack, and Caitlin O'Neill...
Marissa Gorden, University of Wisconsin – Madison
"Enjoy every moment, take advantage of all of the opportunities you are given, and have fun!" To Kathryn Thurlow, I will the coveted Vis Soccer Aux To Ava Thaler, I will the pregame soccer bus dance to Swing (feat Soulja Boy) To Olivia Johanns and Marta Pursley, I will the Wheeling hype To Emily Nozel, I will Kate Gorden
Lilly Francis, Santa Clara University
"Make the most of your time in high school and don't be afraid to step out of your comfort zone!" Anna Schrier & Ava Kozlak - pink cake pops and chai tea lattes Frankie Chandler & Anna Francis - Niki and Gabi, the hondaux, the magic 8 ball, Sashie, lovebug_1987, and Menchie's
Arabella Lowell, Liberty University
"Don't take life too seriously. Learn to laugh at yourself, work hard, be present, and always stand up for what you believe in." To Ella Passe: the swim carpool To Marta, Olivia, B, and Ella: the swim and dive fam
Bella Costello, University of Minnesota
"Don't waste your time worrying about something you can't change, and take every opportunity you have to have fun!" Marissa Costello, I will to you the Honda Accord and the hamster. Sinai Mesfin and Veronica Rodriguez, I will to you my little sister (be careful she's a handful) AJ, I will to you the honor of being Marissa's uber until (or if) she ever gets her license.
Clare Kubes, Boston College
"Enjoy every part of high school, it goes fast." I will Tommy Kubes to Emily Nozel.
Ellie Nickelson, University of New Hampshire
"Go out on the weekends and have fun." To Marissa Costello- I will to you the couches by the fireplace and our hamster namer Cat. To Meghan Bushlack and Nola Tennessen- I will to you the ski team leadership (keep the freshman in line). To Grace Keeley- I will to you my brother. Make sure he doesn't do anything stupid. To Sophia Meisterling- I will to you all my sass and attitude.
Jacqueline Tsai, Scripps College
"Helen Keller may or may not exist... do some research." Anna Tucci: the coveted court 1 bench Susie Swanholm and Ava Kirr: the pieces left of mock trial since I'm leaving (also Judge)
Shea Dolan, Boston College
"Be nice to everyone, it makes your life so much easier." "You are smarter than you think you are." Sophia Rahn: Court 1, my favorite place in the whole world. Keep an eye on it when you play singles next year Anna Tucci: Bacon egg and goudas. Think of me whenever you bite into the paradise that is Starbucks breakfast sandwiches. Feel free to Venmo me the $4.15 any time Sophia Rahn and...
Isabel Brandt, Emory University
Advice: Freshman: When you take the PSAT, don’t opt-in to the Student Search Service. Your inbox will never know peace again. Everyone Else: Read an ambitious novel, if only just to say that you’ve done it. War and Peace, Infinite Jest, Ulysses… It’ll be worth it, I promise. To Lindsay Iverson: Pitbull’s discography and lots of aggressive lawyer verbiage. To Lindsay, Kate Heinsch, and...
Julia Finn, Creighton University
"Work hard, play hard. Sit by someone different in all of your classes because you’ll make a lifelong friendship with them!" Lauren Sexton: my #23 in basketball, our vlog streak, my half-court shooting ability, and Sports Enthusiasts Club Maya Rome: my soul and all the Chick-fil-a in the world Hannah Allen: a new throwing partner, my gummy bear earrings, my announcing skills, and the best...
Sophia Mattaini, University of South Dakota
"Try new things and always be yourself! Enjoy each moment you have no matter how big or small:)" To Lucy Berg, Mary Harrington, and Marta Pursley: Shaquisha #rip, Robert street restaurants, pineapples, and spiders To B Burke: Burtini dinners, Scout and Charley, my parents, TRX pushups To Libby Fischer: pancakes, high buns, and bows To Olivia Johanns: Double DQs from roch To Ella Passe:...
Maggie Doran, University of Denver
"There are two things in my life that I strictly live by. #1: Be where your feet are. In other words, live in the present. If you want to get the most out of high school and of life, follow this advice so that no moment slips past you. #2. Step outside of your comfort zone. Although it can be hard, experiences that stretch your level of comfortability are oftentimes the way you will find new things...
Emily Groppoli, Luther College
"Take advantage of every moment and have no regrets! Make yourself proud!" To Ella Sukup: #6 for soccer, black beauty, loon calling, and my palm tree! To Lindsay Iverson: the math legacy and the 4x100 To Kip: #11 for basketball To Sam Wills: the role of PG and the best four years of your life!
Alex Golz, Trinity College (CT)
"Enjoy the time you have left because before you know it, you'll get to your senior year and realize how fast it all went by." Cady Pagel: my spot in the softball dugout Jaclyn Young: Fen's legacy Hannah Allen, Kendall Oliver, Emily Wollan: the softball team - take us back to state Jana Christensen and Mary Witkowski: being the dynamic duo of the softball team - make me and Izzy proud
Izzy Griffin, St. Mary’s University of Minnesota
"Don't take anything for granted, and enjoy every moment you have at school." To Kendall Oliver, I will you my confusion in calc and all my calc notes To Emme Brunette and Grace Ritzenthaler, I will you my position on the softball field To Abby Keegstra, I will you my whole Visitation wardrobe, my illegal, elbow-patched sweater, and my stained, well-loved sperrys.
Clare Cronin, Boston College
"Work hard and don't take anything for granted!" To Sophia Rahn, the drives to and from Edina To Anna Tucci, the singles courts To Kate Happe, trips to Punta
Grace Conroy, College of the Holy Cross
"Vis is special because of the people within, and that includes each and every one of you. Even if it feels like you don’t have your “thing,” you contribute to this environment more than you know and have an impact on so many people. You’ll have moments of doubt, worry, and even fear, but continue to trust that you’re on the right track and that it’s all part of the journey. Find the p...
Colibri Dayana Lopez-Munoz, University of St. Thomas
"See every moment as a blessing from above; work hard but also take breaks--it is in the breaks where memories are made. And, learn to love yourself--because you are beautifully made." To the Next Mechanical Lead(s): my design notebook To RJ Jones and Mairin O’Shaughnessy: a collection of my flannels and robotics t-shirts. To my Mechanical Rookies: the tradition to walk to the build space...
Adele Varley, Creighton University
"Be kind and don't stress over the little things." To Camden Wright- I will you the spirit of the 2019-20 nordic skiing season To Maura McMahon- I will you the maintenance of Jane's future fish To Caroline Schlehuber- I will writing Question of the Day on the whiteboard in the senior commons To all of the Freshmen in Sweet Land- I will you an amazing show this year and all of the years...
Nina Steinle, Eckerd College
"Always surround yourself with people who make you feel like you can be anything you want to be, and do anything you want to do. You'll get farther if your friends and family are helping." My senior year would not have been the same without my assigned little sister Katie. I hope she knows how bright she is and I leave her with nothing more necessary than the willpower to muscle through all of the...
Addie Cooper, Union College (NY)
To Rory Jones-White: killer jiu-jitsu moves and a sense of calm To Hayley Vevey: the courage to find your voice To Jana Christensen: a fantabulous sparkly pink fedora (no, seriously). To Mairin O'Shaughnessy: the ethernet cable exactly when you need it To Grace Loonan and Sofia Katras: the best robot ever To Astrid Kieser-Kisting: a great sense of style. Oh wait, you've already got that! To...
Liz Link, University of Notre Dame
"Try something new, maybe you'll find something you love or maybe you'll find a new friend!" To Natalie Staelgraeve, I will my navy pole vaulting hemet To Melissa Remick and Alexandra Kappenman, I will @vis.dive
Emilie Tinnes, Villanova University
"Don't get caught up in trying to be perfect. School is important, but remember to have fun and make memories too." To Marissa Costello, I will to you Cat. To RJ Jones, I will to you joy and a little sister as awesome as you. To Phoebe Balfour, I will to you all the acai bowls in the world. To Emily Wollan, Jaclyn Young, and Ericka Carlson, I will to you the best carpool rides to STA.
Clare Kirchner, Marquette University
"Relationships are the most important part of the Visitation experience! Trust in your incredible self, know that laughter is the best way to make it through a hard day, and remember that Mr. Supplee always has your back with extra brown shoes for the day not *if* but *when* you will forget yours." To Phoebe Balfour: rights to the grey lulu cross country shorts To RJ: the JV cross country team To...
Annie Hostetler, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
"Stop putting so much pressure on yourself. Everyone is good and bad at different things, so stop comparing yourself to others. Do things for the fun of them, not to be the best at them." To Elsa Bildtsen, I will my title of "literally the only jumper on the track team"
Reece Bergeron, Marquette University
"It's cool to go to bed early. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise." To Ella Bergeron: the aux in my (our) Subaru. And you can keep giving my phone number when you go to caribou before school without me; it'll be like I'm there with you. And I want the rewards. To Grace Keeley: the freedom to take the aux from Ella if she plays any lame music ;) bonus points for cruel summer by Taylor Swift.
Molly Schoen, Creighton University
"Never count someone out. Be open to making connections with your classmates!" To Anna Tucci & Sonja Johnson: the @visgolfsquad Insta and the best team ever To Erin McQuillan: my legacy
Emily Schoonover, Villanova University
"Don't put so much pressure on yourself to be perfect, you do not have to have perfect grades or be the perfect friend to be loved. make sure to find the people that accept you no matter what. :)" To Erin and Ava, I will the cross country team- Make it an eeeeeemazing year and tell Jeff hello for me. To Kate Happe, I will the StuCo secretary position; the StuCo emails, and my SlidesGo account....
Caroline Weier, California Lutheran University
"High school is not about finding your future spouse, it's about finding your future bridesmaids. Find those girls you want in your life forever and hold onto them tight." To Alyssa: I will you Somerset's lack of dodgeball skills, but reputation as the most wholesome house- keep being your amazing, kind self, and go bring us a hoco or winter week win! Tp Caroline: I will you our infamous name-...
Isabelle Callanan, Colby College
"Prioritize the things and people that make you smile :)" To Lily Callanan, I will my killer driving-to-school playlist. I can't wait for you to keep up the Callanan legacy next year! To Catherine Wollan and Rachel Schmidt, I will the hype of the Vis Choir alto section. To Emily Wollan, I will my favorite chair outside of Mrs. D's office, enjoy.
Jane McMahon, College of Saint Benedict
"Live in the present moment. Your time at Vis will go faster than you could ever imagine. Soak in every moment and be grateful for all the amazing people and opportunities Vis has to offer." To Emily Wollan, Clare Olson, and Elizabeth Michel, I will the legacy of the second soprano section. To Maura McMahon, I will my shadow, the corolla, and the Taylor Swift playlist- I love u. To Grace Loonan,...
Georgia Dobbs, Indiana University
"It’s not that deep. The best is yet to come. Work hard, play hard." To Caitlin O’Neill, I will Superfan:)) To Julia Flanagan, Caroline Fenlon, and Hannah Allen, I will the STA football team To Emma Traeger and Isabelle Chard, I will locker room pregame hype ups and Ben J (in honor of CJ) To the class of 2024, I will Luke Dobbs🥰
Caroline Casserly, Northland College
"Don't be afraid to put your own mental health before your schoolwork. Vis can be extremely stressful, but you matter and your emotions are valid. Don't forget it!" Meg Murphy: I'm always here to text if you ever need anything. Please don't be afraid to reach out! I'm sorry I couldn't be there as much as I wanted to be this school year. Current Juniors in Enviro Club: Hopefully there are more...
Mandi Simon, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
"Get involved in as much as you can now." To Alice Nelson ~ I will my knowledge of paper engineering and my fantastic stalking skills, as well as my love for McDonalds chicky nuggies. To Leah Alpers ~ I will my sarcasm and my enthusiasm, and my eagerness to leave the building at the end of the day. To Clare Olson ~ I will Harry Styles and vlog skills. To Izze Engel ~ I will my love of wheeling...
Lizzy Roszkowski, Marquette University
"High School may seem like a long time but it goes by SO fast. Take in every moment with your friends and family." To Meghan Bushlack: the alpine ski team To Emily Nozel: my brother To Anna Francis: free phone calls anytime:)
Izzy Brooks, University of Maryland
"Appreciate every moment, both the good and the bad, because each one is a blessing." To Julia Flanagan, The Brothers and CHOOSE Club To Katherine Thurlow, The Holiest Angels To Camden Wright, Take care of Vis Lax and keep Rath in check for me To Holly Mingo, The Minnesota State High School Hockey Tournament
Tori Horsager, University of Minnesota
"High school flies by, enjoy every second of it!" To Isabelle Chard and Emma Traeger, I will you the volleyball pregame rituals.
Hattie Ames, Creighton University
"Be open to everyone, you never know who might become a lifelong friend." To Abby Ames - never lose who you are, your goofy personality is the best thing about you. Good luck without me next year, try not to burn down the house. Also please don't let Bo get fat while I'm gone. Good luck next year I can't wait to come home and visit you! To Ashlyn Mehus - thanks for being the best math buddy a...
Brooke Foley, Gustavus Adolphus College
"Do not take any time here for granted and make the most out of every class!" To Kendall Oliver: Hey Kenny! I will you my #1 libero jersey!
Berit Kobienia, Penn State
"Stay true to yourself! You will have a lot of lasts, but make sure those lasts are not your firsts! Don’t wish anything away. Enjoy every little moment! Don’t sweat the small stuff! And remember … Laugh & smile always!" To Jaclyn Young, I will the ability to become VSCO famous and 5 BIG boxes of cereal ;)
Anne Martin, University of St. Thomas
"High school goes by so fast- make sure you enjoy it!"
Margaret Dalseth, Cornell University
"Do what you love, not just what you think you should do." To Melissa - the STA track To B - Jackie's legend To Ava and Erin - the cross country team To Phoebe - the question of the day To the CC freshman - Jeff Fink
Jojo Fotsch, University of Tampa
"Don't wear light brown moccasins to Mrs. Sutton's class. To Ellen Slawin: aux on basketball bus rides To Olivia Johanns: Cjay To Caitlin O'Neil and Kate Kelly: THE gsocbenchers insta account To Maya Rome: my spot in the locker room To Lucy Berigan: CHOOSE captain leader
Laura Breyen, Drake University
"Say yes. Say yes to seeing sports games, going to dances, parties, or hangouts, joining new clubs or groups. Say yes to new opportunities, say yes to new people. Even if you think it's not something you'll like, at least try it out. You're not going to look back wishing you hadn't tried new things. And then when you do, soak it every moment and cherish this time as much as you can." To Catherine...
Ellie Cloutier, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
"High school was the most fun, difficult, confusing, eye-opening, and influential four years of my life. If I were to give some advice to the younger classes of Visitation, my first piece of advice would be "If you don't know it by midnight, you won't know it for the test." I wish that I lived by this quote in my first three years at Vis, but I couldn't tell you how many times I've stayed up until...
Edie Weinstein, University College Dublin
"Prioritize sleep. Find a way to exercise when you are stressed out (it can really help!). Hang out in the commons before and after school--that is where many relationships are built. Don't put pressure on any one year or time in high school to be anything in particular. Trust the director/coach/teacher/person in charge; they often can see a bigger picture that we can't and are making decisions accordingly....
Daisy Shan, University of California at Davis
"Be open to every opportunity you can take and believe in yourself." To all the younger grades, I hope you will enjoy the rest of the years at VIS!
Claire Aaomdt, College of St. Benedict
"Always be open to new friendships and find little joys in each day! :)"
Maggie McConville, College of St. Benedict
"2 things! First, you will form the best relationships when you are being your most authentic self, so just be you. Second, don't forget to really live these four years, because they will absolutely fly by." To Jenna Revnew- I will the best four years full of laughter and good times. To Erin McQuillan and Caroline Schlehuber- I will Women ActiVISts because empowered women, empower women. To...
Brooke LaMott, Texas Christian University
"Have fun while you can, and don't have any regrets!" To Sam Vander Bloemen: I will you Serena Van der Woodsen. To Anna Tucci and Sonja Johnson: I will you our golf runs to SA and making golf fun in 2022.
Natalie Jungquist, University of San Diego
"Get your work done early. Be clear and concise." "Stop holding back! Take a risk, but also remember to think before you act. No one cares as much as you think they do."
Noel Wang, Carleton College
"You are worthy and you are more powerful than you think you are. Even if you don’t really believe it, live “be who you are and be that well” because I believe in you, and somewhere, someone (maybe even your future self) does, too. You won’t ever regret being yourself to the best of your current ability. Love your family, your friends, and your mentors and tell them. Be grateful, balanced,...
Ela Paske, Creighton University
"Work hard and make yourself proud, but don't forget to make happiness a priority, too. Have fun and enjoy the small moments :)" To Phoebe Balfour, Evie Hansen, Ava Kirr, and Erin McQuillan: I will you the legacy of the Saint Paul squad. To Erin McQuillan: I will you God's Country on repeat and the eternally damp bus socks. To Ava Kirr, Erin McQuillan, Rachel Schmidt, and Catherine Wollan:...
Lilli Glover, University of Wisconsin-Madison
"Don't take anything for granted. Please remember that if you get the choice to sit it out or dance, I hope you dance. Four years goes way too fast. Always say thank you to your teachers and give them a hug once we can do so safely. Take advantage of all the opportunities Vis gives you. Academics, sports, choir, theater, band, math team, and the list goes on. You'll find your people eventually and...
Catie Hoy, University of St. Thomas
"Live in the moment!" I will Jim Bruder to Caitlin O'Neill
Rochelle Meisterling, Villanova University
"Cherish every moment, it will be over before you know it." To Luca, I will Gabe
Morgan Vannelli, Texas Christian University
"It goes fast, so make the most of it." To Lukie: I will you my car keys, cali duties, decision making, Gabe, and Blair Waldorf. To Sam: I will you the passenger seat, Lukie's voice of reason, and the right drawer next to my bed. To Ava: I will you my spot on the golf team and my campfire mocha in the mornings.
Olivia Simmons, University of Denver
"Live it up." to Lucy Berg and B Burke: Mr. Simmons and Mr. Mattaini (aka dads from father-daughter weekend)