Not Your Typical Welcome

My name is Serena and I’m your typical Marist student. Sort of.

I’m typical because I care deeply about my school, my peers, and my teachers. I’m typical because I wear a pony tail and glasses on days when I have big assignments. I’m typical in that my saddle shoes are my closest companions, and I know to buy a cookie in the cafeteria to make a bad day better. I care about my schoolwork and do my best in all my classes, even when that includes a heavy workload and late nights. I’m typical because I make the most of tutorial time to get help on assignments and to chat with teachers just to get to know them better.  I ask a lot of questions, and I feel like I’m always at school, even on the weekends (Marist is called the campus that never sleeps for a reason!). I’m typical because I know most of my peers regardless of grade, and I can’t walk through the halls without giving and receiving a smile, a hi-five, and a warm hello. I’m typical in that I know the campus like the back of my hand but still sometimes forget which lunch period I have. I rarely leave school before 4:00 whether that’s due to tutorial, socializing, or after-school activities. I’m typical because I love my senior uniform, but I count down the days until the next Blue and Gold spirit day. I love the volleyball matches and soccer games just as much as Friday night football. I’m typical because I’m never at a loss for something to do during Activity Period, and I look forward to optional Wednesday morning Mass.

That being said, at Marist, it’s also “typical” to set yourself apart. There are so many opportunities that it’s nearly impossible not to!

I am a part of Marist Theater and have been since seventh grade. In seventh and eighth grade, I played tennis and lacrosse, too, before finally deciding that I felt more comfortable on the stage than on the court or the field. As a senior, I’m Editor-in-Chief of Rapier, the school’s literary magazine (Fun Fact:  Coincidentally, the three Marist bloggers are each in charge of one of Marist’s three publications!).  This will be my fourth year on Rapier staff, and it will be the fiftieth volume of Rapier, which I am incredibly excited about! I am a third year Student Ambassador—a tour guide and greeter for official school events like Open House and Shadow Days. I am also on Emmaus Board, which means I am one of five spiritual leaders of the school, but more on that later. I’m German Club Co-President, a Eucharistic Minister, a STAND leader, a Blue and Gold writer/columnist, a retreat leader, a Peer2Peer tutor, and more.

It’s safe to say that I keep myself sufficiently busy, but I enjoy the occasional chaos. Each and every group or organization I am a part of is rewarding in so many ways, both personally and to the community. Everyone is involved in something, which is just one of the many reasons that the “typical” Marist student is not so typical after all.