2017 Seniors' Graduation Plans-
Genevieve Antic – will be leaving Chicago and is excited to travel outside of the US to experience a refreshing change of scenery at Richmond University in London. Her sister lives in London, and Genevieve loves the city and appreciates knowing the language—though she points out that it’s still different! Genevieve is excited to be living in a country with a great culture and history and to experience what it’s like to live in society with a royal family and be ruled by a queen! Vivi plans to study fashion marketing and business and, though designing sneakers will always be her first love, she hopes to one day own her own bar (as it’s a historical occupation that runs in the family).
Allison Boshell – applied Early Action to Lawrence University and got in! She is happy that Lawrence has an “amazing graduate school acceptance rate” and excited about the opportunities for various internships and to do research. She’s also fond of the amazing food at Lawrence. She has found the people to be super nice; there are not a lot of divisions or cliques and it feels like a real community. Allison may major in Forensic Science (or some other science) and wants to minor in Studio Art; she may even make it a double major. “I’m an artist”, she says, and doesn’t want to drop art. Since coming to the Chicago Waldorf School in her junior year she’s also learned to love science and exploring how things work. Forensic science is attractive for finding out how things happen. This summer Allison plans to create a series of tiny canvases of sunrises or sunsets so that she has a regular scheduled time to make art, as well as visiting friends far away and working at the Farmhouse in Evanston, where she’s a hostess.
Max Claypool – felt a strong pull and decided to apply early action to University of Illinois in Champaign, Urbana. He knew specifically that he was looking for a school which offers lots of choices and he’s very enthusiastic to be going to U of I. He notes the Champaign Urbana campus has a great athletics program that makes them a “Big Ten” school. His senior internship at a Media Marketing firm got him working on a number of political spots for candidates for the governors of Florida and New Jersey, suggesting a possible professional path and opening up new doors. His own interest is in the liberal arts approach to education. He’s enrolled in the “Division of General Studies” and intends to try many disciplines before picking a major.
Eden DeJesus – says that Parsons-The New School is a perfect fit for him. When he visited the school, located in Greenwich Village, he could totally see himself at the school and in New York City. He would be the first in his family to study design and it would be exciting to get away from Chicago. Eden appreciates the interdisciplinary nature of the school, the amazing graduates, and the opportunity to make powerful connections. He says going away to a design school is a bit scary, but “that’s how I know I’m going in the right direction.” Not knowing what to expect is good, because it gives him the freedom to learn all kinds of new things. 5/2/17 Update: Eden was enthusiastically surprised when he learned he had received a 4-year scholarship to attend Parsons for his fashion design work (which some of you may have seen presented in his senior thesis show: “Deconstruction: Fashion Unfinished”).
Saunders Ervin – is attending Parsons School of Design in New York, in the Fall. Her main goals at present are to focus on design, pursuing her interests in creative direction and editorial work; to find dedicated people who challenge and inspire her to do her best work; and to study in a big city environment with a mix of urban and international students. She is interested in that international perspective and also wants to travel abroad in the future (in a foreign school as part of a study abroad program). This summer Saunders is looking to travel, spend time with her friends, and relax at her beach house in Michigan. She is grateful for her Waldorf experience: “I wouldn’t be where I am without my Waldorf education.”
Dana Flores – has travelled before and wants an international perspective so she plans to continue that experience and is thrilled to be attending the American University in Paris which attracts a large international student body. She loves that it’s right in the heart of Paris (with a short walk to the Eiffel Tower and the Avenue des Champs-Elysées). She is impressed with the school’s liberal arts programs. She says “this year I broke out of my shell and got really into artistic, creative projects and really enjoyed having a platform to promote social justice issues. I’d like to work at a magazine or in journalism” so she’s enrolled in the Global Communications program at the university. She is ecstatic to be living in a thriving urban environment where “the city is your campus.” In reflecting on the college search process she says “Go for what you want, even if it doesn’t seem possible. There are always ways to figure it out.”
Lindsay Garcia – Is attending the Parsons School in Manhattan. She opted for NYC and its lively arts community. She loves painting and drawing and is eager to try new art forms and to engage in the arts community while living in an urban setting. She is open to many possibilities and would love to pursue a future and career that integrates her expanding creative skills. Her advice about the college selection process is: “Start early and be honest when you put yourself out there. Think about how YOU want to live your life.”
“Go for what you want, even if it doesn’t seem possible. There are always ways to figure it out.”
Sarah Gartner – applied Early Decision to Sarah Lawrence College because there is so much that speaks well of it. She’s excited to be going there with other CWS students including her longtime friend Jessica Kriho. She says it seems to be a very “Waldorf-like” program with lots of discussion at a beautiful campus outside of New York City. While her specific major is undecided, she loves acting and was attracted to the excellent theater program they offer in London. She might take a minor in education; and she is also interested in cosmology. Sarah appreciated the warm personal application process and even enjoyed writing her essay. “I tried so many versions that I didn’t like,” she states, “but once I wrote it for myself and abandoned what I thought they wanted to me to say, then it was a good essay!”
Sean Harper – will attend DePaul University this fall. He’s pleased to learn about all DePaul offers and glad that he will be going to school so close to home. Sean plans to major in marketing; he likes business and wants to “appeal to people by using words.” He’s also interested in law, following his internship in a civil rights attorney’s office where he read trials and wrote summaries. This summer he will work and plans to participate in DePaul’s Explore Chicago program.
“this year I broke out of my shell and got really into artistic, creative projects and really enjoyed having a platform to promote social justice issues”
Jessica Kriho – is excited to be attending Sarah Lawrence in the fall and is happy she will just have to pay for housing. To that end, she will work this summer to save money, though she would like to take a road trip to New Orleans. She’s looking forward to the small campus where she will be able to participate in theatre, music, and visual arts and other activities outside of her major. There’s even an equestrian team! Jessica appreciates the focus on discussion-type classes and that the campus is in a quiet setting and still close to New York City.
Elijah Marder – is dedicated to attending University of Illinois in Champaign. He has always loved the school and its connections run deep in his family with both his older brother attending and his parents having attended the school. Elijah is very excited about this large university and its broad scope of offerings. He plans to pursue his interest in science with a chance to enroll in their pre-med program after the first few years. He is also interested in the mix of the college town environment of Champaign and the smaller town experience in Urbana.
“Start early & be honest when you put yourself out there. Think about how YOU want to live your life.”
Kasper Marona – will be studying International Relations at American University in Washington, DC, this fall. He’s fascinated by politics and current events and enjoyed interning at his alderman’s office this spring; he hopes to be a White House or Capitol intern while in college. Kasper is concerned with how laws are created and applied, and he plans to become a US legislator – making laws and amendments to the legal code. Eventually, he would like to be a foreign ambassador.
Joe McRaith – plans to attend either Columbia College Chicago or Harold Washington College for a couple of years before transferring to a 4-year college. While he hasn’t declared a major at this point, he is interested in the humanities, art, design, and engineering. He enjoyed his internship with four different architecture firms where he was able to create 3-D designs, build scale models, shadow meetings, visit some sites and do research. Joe enjoys history and current events, especially “connecting the dots” in his reading, writing, and analysis. His plans may take him outside Chicago; he enjoys both nature and a great city, so places that encompass both – Seattle, Denver, the American Southwest, and the east coast – are a draw for him. Joe did not expect to be at the Chicago Waldorf School when he began high school, but he’s found the philosophy of learning here has been the best fit for him. In considering his plans for the future Joe says, “I know what I like, but there’s a lot more to explore!”
“I’m excited to move on to the next step!”
Joy Park – plans to attend Indiana University in Bloomington where she will begin her biology major. After her first year, she will transfer to the University of Washington to continue her pre-med studies with the goal of becoming a pediatric cardiologist. She looks forward to attending a large school and meeting a lot of people. There’s always a lot going on and Joy plans to get involved in photography and a sorority, as well as participating in intramural sports. This summer her family will visit from Korea; then they will all visit San Diego and Hawaii before returning home to Korea. Joy comes back in July to move to Indiana.
Augustus Post – at the point of this interview he was still deciding between two great school experiences: Parsons in NYC and Leeds College in London. Augustus wants to go into a fashion design program; he also likes Digital Music and has been composing music this way since he was 8 years old. He likes that the Parsons faculty are primarily professional practitioners in their fields and will be great contacts for applied learning opportunities and internships, or he may decide to go for the international experience of living in London with all its connections to the fashion industry. This summer he plans to travel to Amsterdam with his old roommates from his exchange program in Italy to continue his interests in travelling and exploring the world.
“I wouldn’t be where I am without my Waldorf education.”
Henry Rogers – will attend the University of British Columbia in Okanagan, Canada. He is eager to be joining a university in the fastest growing city in Canada. The school attracts a student body that is about 20% international students and has a campus out in nature that is only 20 minutes from Colona and offers scenic mountains for weekend ski trips and more nature explorations. Besides their great sports program and intramurals Henry was attracted to their “Faculty & Management” program which dovetails with his interest to be a business major with a focus on Sports Management. Of the college selection process he says, “I’m excited to move on to the next step!”
Eva Schmid – has selected Mills College in Oakland, California for her next step. While she will use her first year or two to explore a variety of interests, Eva would definitely like to learn Chinese. Her family is Chinese and her great-grandmother speaks Mandarin. Eva focused on schools that are small, liberal arts colleges where classes are discussion-based. This summer she will work at Camp Run-A-Pup, a doggy day-care where she interned this spring. She’s learned a lot about dogs and is looking forward to training Peabody, her Pom/Chihuahua mix whom she will take to college with her.
“I feel so excited to find my passion. I’ve been good at lots of things in my Waldorf education, but now I want to find out ‘MY THING’.”
Alexandra Schrepferman – wants to stay close to home so she will be attending Columbia College Chicago in the fall. There are a lot of opportunities for her to build her portfolio there; she will major in cinematography. Alex appreciates that Columbia will allow her to work constantly on projects outside of the classroom. This summer she interned with Kurt Gowan (our Parkour teacher); besides getting training in Parkour, she produced and edited a video for him to put on YouTube. This summer Alex will work in a movie theatre – she’s always enjoyed movies and chose cinematography because she is drawn to camera movement and how movies are framed.
Shea Shawgo-Manley – has elected to attend Connecticut College in the fall. She choose it because it’s an excellent, small liberal arts school that offers opportunity for further explorations in many fields that interest her, including: Business, Interior Design, Video Editing, and Psychology. Shea liked that Conn College offers interdisciplinary courses and takes advantage of a small student body size for a personalized experience. She likes that that enables the school to rely on an honor system and invest trust and responsibility in the students rather than issuing restrictions from above. Shea was attracted to the many classes being taught in roundtable discussion and seminar formats rather than as large lectern address classes. She reflected that, looking to her future, she feels “…so excited to find my passion. I’ve been good at lots of things in my Waldorf education, but now I want to find out ‘MY THING’.”
Cherokee Sperry – has been accepted into the Honors Program at the University of Illinois (UIC)- Chicago campus in the fall. He is committed to exercise and the martial arts and so plans to major in Kineseiology, with the goal of becoming a coach or strength trainer in professional sports. His passion for movement began when he was little with ballet and Mexican folklore dance classes, followed by Tae Kwon Do; he began doing Capoeira in the 7th grade. Cherokee wants to stay in Chicago and feels he will excel here – he “knows how it works” here, can have a car and an apartment more easily than in a larger city, and has family here. Other plans include growing his fan base in rap music; he wants to keep a balance between academics and the rest of his life. Cherokee owes much of his success to his upbringing; his single mother encouraged him to work extra hard and was the driving force behind him. She enrolled him at Waldorf for his early childhood years and he believes this helped him to separate from negative influences in his environment, by listening to NPR and avoiding the mass media.
Abigail St. John – After a full summer caring for her sister, working for her family’s company, volunteering at the library’s summer reading program, and babysitting in Indiana, Abigail will head off to one of three schools. She is still deciding between the University of Edinburgh, Wittenburg University [Ohio], and St. Olaf College [Minnesota]. Wherever she ends up, Abigail has a lot she wants to do so she plans to double major and have a minor – which will include some combination of English, Creative Writing, Music, Education and Philosophy. Whew! She is still exploring what she wants to do as a career; ultimately, she wants to leave an impact and hopes to use her work to give voice to those whose stories are not heard.
Maya Tarasiewicz – is a “Waldorf lifer” who is looking for something new, now that she has a good foundation from her Waldorf education. She definitively states, “I’ve been waiting a long time and now this opportunity is right around the corner!” She has chosen to attend the Fashion Institute of Technology in Manhattan this fall. Some of the factors in her decision are the appeal of a large university within the vibrancy of New York City, and a chance for new opportunities by getting out of the Midwest. She choose F.I.T. because of her preferences for a school with a focus on creative thinking and additional opportunities to pursue her interest in music. Maya is considering a major in Business, Music, or Psychology. She says, “I’m extremely excited for a new chapter in my life.”
Grace Walters – will attend Emory University in Atlanta this fall. She was attracted to Emory because of its strong writing program and the opportunity to pursue her diverse interests in their inter-disciplinary degree program. She plans to pursue Creative Writing and Political Science (partly inspired by her recent experiences at the University of Iowa International Writing Workshop). She is happy to be in a vibrant city, and to explore the foreign culture of the Southern United States.
Ben Weingarten – is excited to be heading to Boston this fall to begin studies at Emerson College. He’s looking forward to the many opportunities open to him: access to lots of travel along the East Coast, a possible semester in L.A. or the Netherlands, and combining his love of theatre and sports. Emerson was appealing because it’s a small school with a city campus and because if offers broadcasting. After his spring internship at WGN, where he got to edit stories and do his own podcast, Ben hopes to get into Sports Communication or Broadcasting. This summer he will perform in “Twelfth Night” at Evanston’s outdoor Shakespeare theatre before attending his uncle’s wedding in France.
With gratitude for our Graduates...Fare Thee Well!
All* portrait drawings by senior, Saunders Ervin, class of 2017
(* her portrait was a collaborative sketch by the other seniors).
Interviews conducted by Barbara Wahler and Jason Greenberg
Post edited & published by Jason Greenberg in mid-April, 2017