Campus / News / May 8, 2013

Seniors greet the finish line

As spring term progresses, graduation is drawing nearer.

Seniors are meeting yet another crossroads as they balance their remaining duties at Knox with their anticipation, or apprehension, for their future plans.

Although it may seem that seniors would be feeling lethargic and anxious to graduate, some seniors at Knox are still excited and invested in Knox.

Though senior Katie Miller has committed to getting a master’s degree and studying international security and international intelligence for eighteen months at the Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce at University of Kentucky since mid-April, it has had little bearing on her academic life at Knox. Miller has been staying busy with her Honors Project and is keeping up with her academics at Knox. She also started playing acrosse this term and said she enjoys it.

“It’s not your last term at Knox. It’s just another term at Knox,” Miller said. “It’s just another opportunity to take in as much information as you can possibly hope to and just to continue being here and we’re lucky to be here doing that.”

In fact, many seniors have found that they have more to do now that they have made plans for next year.

“I [am] a lot more stressed,” senior Grant Deam said. Next year, he will be teaching Spanish to high school students in Chicago. “I’m not an ed major…I’m creative writing and Spanish, so they have to cram in teaching certification and what an ed major does in two years in[to] six months. So it was a lot, and it felt like I had another class, but it was important.”

Deam is not the only one feeling stressed. Senior Kaitlyn Duling plans to move to Pittsburg in August to work with youth through nonprofit organizations.

“Now I have to learn how to move and live [in a new place],” Duling said. “I keep saying I’ll do homework, and I end up apartment hunting or budgeting and things like that.”

Despite all of the events on the horizon, Knox students appear to have remained present and involved in Knox. Though seniors may have the most incentive to check out, they also understand that their time and experiences at Knox are now numbered.

“I’m still doing all of my work and classes, and so I’m not checked out,” Deam said. “There’s still Flunk Day and senior week and the weather’s getting nice, so I’m definitely going to enjoy the rest of my time here in all ways, both academically and socially.”

Miller shared this mentality.

“It’s really compelled me to work harder and to prove that I’ve earned my spot [at the University of Kentucky], and I’m not going to slack off,” she said.

Most seniors have found various aspects of Knox to keep them motivated and involved at school.

“I want to spend as much time with my friends as possible. And the weather’s been nice. I like my classes,” Duling said.

Other students have different ways to stay present at Knox.

“What’s keeping me going?” Deam said. “A lot of coffee. So much coffee.”

Kate Mishkin
Kate Mishkin is a senior majoring in English literature and minoring in journalism. She started working for TKS as a freshman and subsequently served as managing editor, co-news editor and co-mosaic editor. Kate is the recipient of four awards from the Illinois College Press Association for news and feature stories and one award from the Associated Collegiate Press. She won the Theodore Hazen Kimble Prize in 2015 and 2014 and the Ida M. Tarbell Prize in Investigate Journalism in 2014. She has interned at FILTER Magazine, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and WGIL radio and the Virginian-Pilot.

Twitter: @KateMishkin

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