2022 SENIOR WILLINGS & ADVICE
Emily Wollan, VisLife Editor
Each year, Visitation seniors entrust their favorite traditions, possessions, and inside jokes to their underclass sisters for safekeeping. Here are the memories that the Class of 2022 wishes to share with you.
Lilly Howard, Loyola University Chicago
Amelia Wittanen, I will my leos.
Libby Fischer, University of St. Thomas
"My only advice to survive high school is to live in the moment. " Meghan Gerend: all of my love Lucy Berg: STA swim manager Everyone on the swim team: Nate and Meghan
Isabelle Chard, University of Wisconsin-Madison
"Work Hard. Play Hard." To Vivian, the keys to the gladiator. To Kate Gorden and Ava Birk, my bed. To Kate Lindell, the red arm sleeves. To Emme Engel and Ava Kozlak, my sister. To Caroline Sislo, the falcon suit. To Jennifer Thurlow, $27 and whatever is still in my closet by September. To my volleyball blazers, endless gameday hype, locker room aux, and one of you better step...
Avaree Harris, Villanova University
"Surround yourself with people who inspire you, and don't forget to take time to breathe!"
Gabriella D’Aquila, Loyola University Chicago
"Take classes on things that are truly interested in so that you can enjoy your classes and be successful. If you are ever struggling remember to take a step back and figure it out bit by bit, I promise you it will be alright." RJ, I will to you all my love now and forever Jax, I will to you 1,000 paper stars so that all of your dreams come true Summer, I will to you the strength and lovability...
Camden Wright, Villanova University
"Get Dunkin' instead of Starbucks or Caribou. Gives you more coffee and costs wayyy less." To Tess Cavanaugh, Lauren Repp, and Ali Kenkel, I will all my love and the spirit and joy that comes with Lax. Keep working hard and enjoy the best season of your life. To Lucia Lazarus, I will the Visitation math department. To Lucy Wheeler, I will the desk spot in Susan's room. To Sammy Wills, I...
Bridget Gerber, University of Dayton
"Don't limit yourself. Be open to making new friends and trying new activities." To Mairin O'Shaugnessy and Julia Harms, I will you Math Team Captains. Carry on the Mathlete legacy! To Lucy Horst and Natalie Alecu, I will you ice buckets! To Lovey Farrell, I will you a great four years of high school!
Ellen Slawin, St. Scholastica
"Don't overthink anything, trust your instincts. Get close with your classmates, and enjoy where you are right now." Bee Burke- My heart and the joy of high school Meghan Gerend- All my love and 17's at basketball practice Samantha Wills- Unlimited hugs and rap music Maya Rome- Basketball hype Abbie Farley- Georgetown hype #Dawglife Frankie Chandler- Choose Club Lauren Sexton-...
Shannon Lee, University of Manitoba
"My advice to the younger classes is to not stay in your group, there is nothing wrong with being a floater, and from personal experience, it is a lot more enjoyable than hanging out with the same people and doing the same things every weekend. Also, find a way to manage your time so that you have time to go out on weekdays; fun is not only for the weekend. Additionally, juniors, don’t let college...
Emily Wollan, Boston College
"Hold this place close to your heart always. Make a genuine effort to get to know every person in your grade. Upperclassmen, reach out to the underclassmen and underclassmen, don’t be afraid to reach out to the upperclassmen. The sisterhood isn’t some far-off concept, it is easily within your grasp. Appreciate the faculty- your teachers are some of the most incredible people in this world and are...
Alina Lalta, Northeastern University
"Remember to live in the moment and to never take life too seriously. You are allowed to make mistakes, so don't punish yourself for them. Spend time with those you truly care about. Your time in high school is limited, so make the most of it. The greatest gift you can give to others is kindness and forgiveness. Don't forget that." Grace Ritzenthaler: Carry on our love/hate relationship for calc...
Olivia Johanns, Providence College
"Take advantage of the sisterhood at Vis. Some of the girls I've met are the most intelligent, kind, and brave girls. It's inspiring." To Lauren Sexton & Bea Walther: D-squad golf captains To Nora Probst: Ronny's secret menu items To Ella Passe: Swim captain's dance To Sam Wills: The next 1000 point scorer To Meghan Gerend: Blazers on 3 To Lucy Berg: My brothers To Elizabeth...
Catherine Wollan, Villanova University
"Spend more time with your friends at flex. Yes, do your homework, but don’t turn down the opportunity to take a break and laugh for a second. Secondly, Find what you’re passionate about and focus on it, because once you realize how much you love something, it won’t feel like enough time." To Paige Abbott: my red ribbon for your soccer and lax bag, you now have the luck and all my love that...
Holly Mingo, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
"Go to dances, get involved in school activities, and enjoy it while it lasts because it'll be done before you know it." Caroline Sislo - my parking spot Ava Birk - the only ginger on the volleyball team Lucy Berg - being the coordinator of Mexican train nights Cece Marvin - hype queen for the cougs Nora Probst & Lauren Sexton - Harry Potter Club Leaders
Grace Bettenburg, Macalester College
"Nothing is stopping you from going to the Rainforest Café on a Thursday night. You'll end up where you're supposed to be- stop stressing about that calc test and enjoy your Safari fries." To Cadence Cooper: My hogs.... take care of them and wear them with pride To Annie Swanholm: My swag-money c-squad mock trial skills- please fake cry and angrily argue with every man-splainer in my memory To...
Jaclyn Young, Duke University
"laugh and smile always. don’t take anything too seriously; it’s really not that deep." Clare Olson: Becs Nora Probst: Trolls and CC’s room Lauren Sexton and Nora Probst: HP club Lucy Berg: The family Meghan Gerend: ANNECY DODGEBALL
Emily Wangberg, Butler University
"Don’t be afraid to reach out. Many people who I never reached out to I got a lot closer to my senior year, and I’m sad I didn’t become friends with them sooner!"
Jordan Rutzick, Inver Hills Community College
"Go to school and don't skip your classes. make the best out of every situation."
Ella Sukup, Williams College
"Every day is an opportunity to face your fears." Lucy Petschel, Kazi Hankee, Lauren Reppenhagen - the soccer balls and #winningstreak Ava Kirr - writing center Lauren Reppenhagen, Meghan Gerend, Izze Engel, Kate Walsh - billionaire aspirations B Burke, Kazi Hankee, Elsa Bildsten - Vis track outfit themes Lily Sukup - a fantastic five years!
Siobhán Dobie, Cornell College
"My advice is to try out the clubs! You have no idea how many times I have heard "I wish I got involved with *insert club* before my last year" from my fellow seniors. And please, please remember that cringe only exists if you let it exist. No honestly. As soon as you learn this, you will be free to do what you enjoy without shame or anxiety. Always think critically about any gossip or complaints you...
Caroline Fenlon, University of Wisconsin-Madison
"Take care of each other, and have fun! Pack your own lunch, and don't be an STA football manager!!!" Emily and Maggie Fenlon: car rides to school. I'm gonna miss you so much! Lauren Sexton: Styrofoam cups in Emily's room Sam Wills: Meghan Gerend (take good care of her). Meghan Gerend: Coach Willey and 5 mile runs after practice
Leah Alpers, Coe College
"Having the most friends is not a priority, find the people who really care about and understand you and stick with them." "Ask your teachers for help when you need it, they want you to succeed. "
Sarah Weber, University of Wisconsin- Madison
"Take advantage of Mrs. D's jolly rancher jar. Go stag to at least one dance with your friends!! Don't forget bagels on Friday. Be yourself because no one cares as much as you think they do. Surround yourself with people who leave you feeling good and cheer you on. Don't forget to be that person to others too :)" To Reese Convery, I will you all the maplelag cookies in the world To Maura McMahon,...
Lynne Hoang, St. Olaf College
"Drink more water; your kidneys will thank you later." To RJ Jones: I will staying after school a little too late and my whole heart. You are a wonderful person and I can’t wait to watch you grow and thrive. <33 love you to the moon and back
Cate Sobocinski, University of Wisconsin- Madison
"Be present & trust yourself. Don't take anything too seriously!! & it is absolutely never too late to make new friends." To Ava Anderson: West 7th Starbucks & Ben Sobocinski - keep an eye on the crazy for me To Ali Kenkel: the STA class of 2022 ;) To Bee Burke: the Somerset Gators insta #bleedgreen!!!!! To Lucy Berg: the life of the party & the Gator nation biggest hype...
Sophia Rahn, University of Wisconsin-Madison
"Go out as much as you can. Enjoy it all!" Marv - GrumpyK group chat Mary Kate - vistennis insta Grace Keeley- THE CORRECT dynamic warmup Ali Kenkel - Ed Kelly
Ashley Okafor, Northwestern University
"Don't put yourself in a box and realize that you and your interests are allowed to change."
Lucy Berigan, College of St. Benedict
"Be present. Surround yourself with people and things that uplift you. Be your own biggest fan!" Rosie Berigan: My white leggings Lauren Sexton: All my dance dresses Meghan Gerend: Endless fire passes and ice cream runs Emily Nozel: Choose Captain Nora Probst: The engineering room
Summer Kaeppe, Gustavus Adolphus College
“A tiger doesn't lose sleep over the opinion of sheep” -John Stevens Reese Convery- I will you my forever lucky red racing ribbon, so I can be at every race. P.S. I also will you my racing spikes, so you won’t be tying your shoes at the start line. Sarah Nation- I will you my orange jumpsuit to keep the Wheeling spirit alive!!
Maura Wells, University of Alabama
"Cherish every moment of high school before it's gone. Don't take anything for granted. You'll have many "lasts" as you approach your final years at vis, so MAKE THEM COUNT!! Reach out to the people you don't normally talk to and don't wait until your last year to make new connections. Finally, be kind to yourself. Learn to love yourself, and everything will fall into place." To Sam Wills: SOMERSET...
Elizabeth McCarr, Boston College
"Go out on school nights, and make the most of the time you have with your friends and family." Lucia Castro: driving home Cora and John Kate Gorden: stare-downs in the hallways Lucia Lazarus: my labeler Cece Marvin & Sophia Meisterling: best nicknames
Alice O’Brien, Whitman College
"Don't take your education for granted, we are all so lucky. Make sure to slide down the heart stairs banister at least once." Lucy- I will you metal containers, the car, and all blame for being late. Carry on my legacy, champion. Lauren and Annie- I will you Courage, Freedom, and Inner Peace. Mamie- I will you the printing press, go crazy! Be yourself!
Rachel Schmidt, University of San Diego
"Live an authentic life with passion instead of living in the comfort of someone else's shadow. Don't waste your time trying to fit in. Find your best self and be them with confidence." Tess Cavanaugh: I will you my entire heart, endless laughter and happiness, and an always-open space on my couch in my dorm. Clare Olson: I will you question of the day for choir and my endless love for Harry...
Sheriya Wentzlaff, University of St. Thomas
"Get your homework done and relax. Don't spend too much time overthinking and worrying, just enjoy highschool!"
Kate Norman, University of Notre Dame
"Do your homework/don't get behind, and take freshman year grades seriously." Lucy, Kazi, Lauren R: the soccer ball bags Vivian Chard: Green soccer jersey
Madelyn McGrath, Creighton University
"Try to enjoy every moment, even if that moment isn't ideal. The days go by slowly, but the years go by fast." Nora Probst: 0.5 back cam pictures
Erika Kyba, Hillsdale College
"Study as much as you need, speak your mind as much as you want, and spend as much time with the people you love as you can." I will Sophia Kyba and Sophie Galioto the band whiteboard. I wish you all success in future doodles of Napoleon. I also will Sophia Kyba presidency of econ club, and I will Maren Kinsella vice presidency. May Mr. Wonderful and Milton Friedman reign forever in our hearts.
Kendall Oliver, University of Denver
"Set your expectation high for yourself, and low for everything out of your control. Set hopes for the future, but don’t obsess over it. Be yourself in a crowd of people, even if you stand out. Be the one to stand up and take charge. Create a path that will make you the best you can be. Don’t take life too seriously and live in the present, or else one day you’re gonna look back...
Emma Traeger, Boston College
"Stay true to yourself and your values throughout your time at Vis. Try not to get caught up in drama, and focus on doing your best with schoolwork because it pays off in the end." To Kate Lindell; Hamedi’s favorite To Lucy Berg; TC14 To Maya Rome; AP bio notes
Kathryn Thurlow, University of Wisconsin-Madison
"Try new things and expand your horizons in any way you can." I will Jennifer Thurlow to Vivian Chard. I will Jennifer Thurlow SCOTCHEBTFM. I will Nora Kane driving around Jennifer and being the new oldest Thurlow sister.
Susie Swanholm, University of Portland
"Go stag to at least one dance!" To Annie: the CRV, my sweaters, coffee runs, and domino games with mom and dad To Mamie: aimless drives, pumpkin cream cold foam, and all of the impulse purchases The two listed above: Barnes & Noble trips, sprite cranberry, and O'Leary kitchen dance parties To Lauren and Lucy: Annie :) take good care of her! I also will my Susie Swanholm sweater vest...
Hannah Allen, University of Minnesota
"Take in every moment of high school, both the good and the bad. Don't take the little things like dances, sports, and friendships for granted because it will all come to an end before you know it. Most importantly, allow yourself to grow into the person you want to become; surround yourself with people who create a better you." To Clare Olson: my pre-game hockey cheer, age-old United shelves, and...
Kate Heinsch, St. Olaf College
"Branch out, try new things and find what you love to do." To Grace Ritzenthaler and Astrid Keiser Kisting: I leave you the fate of the mock trial team and Judge
Lindsay Iverson, Villanova University
"Your self-worth is not based on your successes. High school goes by faster than you think, so spend it doing the things with the people that make you happiest." Maren Kinsella: the best 3 years of high school you could ever imagine and all of the criminal minds knowledge you would ever need. Mamie O’Leary: The purple python, the mock trial team, the Alvin and the Chipmunks Chip-Wrecked sound...
Grace Richardson, Duke University
"Have a good time and work hard! Open yourself up to new ideas, explore, and remember that a good laugh is the best medicine. Don’t be afraid to ask for help - there are always people who want to support you!" To Grace Ritzenthaler and Astrid Kieser-Kisting: The mock trial team and (of course) Judge’s dollar bills. Tell Judge to remain calm! To Ginny Kraus: All the high notes! To Maia...
Mila Vukovich, Boston College
"Work hard and live in the moment. Enjoy your time with the people at Vis because it goes by fast. Don’t be afraid to wear what you want and prioritize doing things that make you happy." To Elsa Bildsten: my track spikes and positive crystals To Lucy Wheeler: my tennis racket, Joey, the Eagan Community Center bathroom To Reese Convery: some caffeine, pole vault pits, white Nike socks
Cady Pagel, University of Wisconsin-Madison
"Don't diminish your own accomplishments by comparing yourself to others." To Jana Christensen: I will the The Dugout Donkeys (RIP Doug). You are the best person to take care of them and the team <3 To Lucy Petschel, Isabella Tucker, and Bea Walther: the vis22yearbook insta, Tuesday flex meetings, missed deadlines, and my whiteboard marker. To Lauren Reppenhagen: the ants from the United...
Lydia Martin, Santa Clara University
"Chill out. For real, it will save so much time." I will Mary Witkowski my sarcasm I will Clare Olson my side comments I will Jana Christensen my imitation skills I will Grace Ritzenthaler my farmers tan.
Ericka Carlson, University of Wisconsin- Madison
"You never know how strong you are until you are forced to be. Have confidence in yourself and remember that there is always light at the end of the tunnel. " Alice Nelson - I will you the honorary title of momma. Make sure Kenzie and Ava stay alive for me next year & be their voice of reason! Kenzie Kelley - I will you fantastic stalking skills, cement, & my little sister Lauren. Make...
Kate Happe, Boston College
"My advice is to continuously look for the good in your life: in the places you go, the people you meet, and the things you do. There is so much goodness in our everyday lives; we just need to take the time to admire it. Remember how valued and loved each of you are. Don’t ever apologize for being your true, authentic self. Cherish every moment you get to spend with the people around you at Vis....
Chloe Johnson, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
"Spend some quality time with the teachers you enjoy the most. Soon you'll grow to have a great mentor, advisor, and--the ultimatum--an equal."
Anna Tucci, Texas Christian University
To Anne: Kate & red Jordan’s To Kate: Anne & tru fru To Maggie: morning drives and the best reading skills (your favorites!!) ;) To MK and Cece: the Vis tennis insta, win win win, the dynamic warm-up To Grace Keeley: stp carpool To Caroline Sislo: Mrs. Sutton’s comfy chair
Claire F. Geis, Providence College
"Do not take this last year for granted. It will go faster than you could ever imagine. Go out on weeknights and spend hours laughing with your friends. Make the most of the last few moments you have with your class and, most importantly, get excited for the future." To Lucia, Abbey, and Gabi, I will my dear sister Sophia - please keep her alive in my absence. To Jana and Ava, I will always being...
Mary Harrington, Marquette University
"Reach out to everyone, and go out of your comfort zone. Last-minute plans are always the best ones:))" I will B Burke the slime company formed circa 2016. I will Lucy Berg the greek god in Florida #mammamiaboy #writtenbywoman I will Meghan Gerend hope breakfast cafe.
Elena Arriondo, University of St. Thomas
"Be kind to everyone, it's not that hard" To Solana: After school target runs and T-Bo the tiger To Mira Schantzen: All my math struggles. Good luck girl! To Mary-Kate Commers: Being late to tennis practice To Kenley and Lucy: All my JV tennis struggles. Make Molly proud!
Caroline Schlehuber, Colorado College
"You have full power over who you are and who you become. YOU choose what you wear, do, think, say, etc. You will feel so much more fulfilled in life if you let go of the path already created for you, and instead forge your own." "Normality is a paved road: it's comfortable to walk, but no flowers grow". - Van Gogh Tess Cavanaugh: I will you my whole heart and the futon in my dorm room. You make...
Kate Kelly, Marquette University
“Find what makes you feel most alive and go after it. Don’t survive, live” Sam Vanderblomen: the front bumper of my car Ali Kenkel: David Guetta’s song (you know the one:) Emily Nozel, Caroline Sislo, B Burke, and Lucy Berg: Squad To Ava Kozlak: LD To Isla and Olive: My heart...
Julia Flanagan, University of Kentucky
"Sit in the student section. Go to Dances. Dress up for Spirit Week. Have fun on weekdays. it's not that deep. Experience high school." To Greta Hinds, CHOOSE club To Anna Francis, fashion club :)) To Frankie Chandler, the people outside Maryland! ...
Katie Dumond, Creighton University
"Go to the school events, get dinner with your family, and hang out with your friends; homework and school are important, but so are the memories that make high school worth it." I will the St. Thomas and Visitation Clay Target Team to Mira Schantzen
Nola Tennessen, University of San Diego
"Don't be afraid to take study halls!" To Molly Kolar, I will the ski carpool, take care of my freshmen for me :) To Abbey Dumond, I will 5:00 am study sessions and late-night drives. To Erika Brandt, I will carpool aux To Gabi Leon, I will Starbucks runs and my start-gate cheers. To Sophia Geis, I will Mr. Volpe's room and being anti-social To Anna Francis, I will visgskiing Tik-Tok
Marta Pursley, Marquette University
"Remember that even though life gets stressful, it's important to live in the moment and spend time with those you love rather than constantly worrying about the future." To Lucy Berg, I will my blessing to do "parkour" with someone else (but the echolocation is strictly womb buddies). To Bee Burke, I will the love for telling jokes that only we ourselves find hilarious #DadJokes To Meghan...
Caitlin O’Neill, Gap Year as Au Pair in Italy, then to the University of Kansas in the Fall of 2023
"Don't speed Mendota Heights road. You will regret it. Trust me." I will Maya Rome and Lucy Berg Superfan I will Bee Burke and Astrid Kiesterling the Kindness Club I will Melissa Remick the couch in Susan's
Rory Jones-White, Coe College
"You’re enough." Megan Overell- I will you my favorite pen, and with it, my heart mio amore Madeline, Emily, Anh, and Kayla- I will you robotics shenanigans, good fortune, and you know what else Lauren Reppenhagen - I will you a love of How to Train Your Dragon Jana - I will you a ring pop and my love
Sonja Johnson, Marquette University
"There are four things important during your time in high-school 1. Have an open mind and get out of your comfort zone 2. Don’t compare yourself to others 3. Stay organized 4. ALWAYS find time for fun :)" Annika: The sube Nora, Bee, Meghan, Grace N: 6 am talks w Roz Iris: the Visswim insta Lauren: Nate's new favorite Bea: my Dead-end hayride boots Grace K & Caroline...
Madeline Smit, Texas Christian University
"work hard, party harder"
Meghan Bushlack, Clemson University
I will My forever turtle gang to Grace Keeley, Katie Nelson, and Ellie Murray🐢🐢 I will Frannie Eldredge my little brother I will the stolen trailer and all of its contents😉😉 to Kathleen Eldredge I will Lauren Reppenhagen the gsoc bencher captain I will Bea Walther and Lauren Sexton the copyright ownership to “The Unit” and the dsquad golf tiktok account I...
Erin McQuillan, University of Wisconsin-Madison
"Always take time to care for yourself- you are worthy of love, rest, and happiness! And (I cannot stress this enough) your worth is not defined by the sum of the worth you do. Your mental health and happiness are more important than any test, quiz, class, or activity will ever be. Days go slow, but years go fast. Take good care of yourselves and remember to find joy in the little moments. All my love...