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Belle Kane

What colleges are you applying to? I am going to University of Wisconsin.

Who was your first Wesleyan crush? Jaucqir Lafond.

What was your most embarrassing Wesleyan moment? When I was in sixth grade, I had a crush on Matt Adent. My friend Abby told people about it, and then everyone seemed to know. I sat near Matt in homeroom and every day I just wanted to hide! AH!

What will you miss most about Wesleyan? Being able to talk to teachers openly and honestly and being able to work with them to make my life a bit easier at times.

What is one thing you wished you had done in high school? I wish I hadn’t stressed as much, which would have been easier if I had not procrastinated as much.

What are three things you cannot live without? Animals, yummy food and comfy outfits.

What was your dream job when you were a little kid versus what is your dream job now? When I was a little kid, I wanted to work with animals at a zoo, and take care of exotic animals. Now, I don’t know what I want to do.

Daniel Salyers

What colleges are you applying to? I’m going to UGA next year.

Who was your first Wesleyan crush? Molly Bradach in sixth grade.

What was your most embarrassing Wesleyan moment? My most embarrassing moment happened when I was in seventh grade on the basketball team. It was our first game, so a lot of people showed up to see how our team would be for the year. I was subbed in at the beginning of the third quarter, so I totally forgot about switching baskets. The ball was passed in bounds to me, and I took a solid left-hand layup and scored. Only as the ball descended through the net did I realize that I shot in the wrong basket. All I really remember after that was hearing “NOOOOOO!” from the entire Wesleyan side of the court. Not that many people showed up to our games the rest of the season. It still haunts me to this day.

What will you miss most about Wesleyan? I’ll miss the teachers for sure.

What is one thing you wished you had done in high school? I wish I took American Movie as one of my classes. Kind of ironic.

What are three things you cannot live without? Pizza, pirated movies and adventures.

What was your dream job when you were a little kid versus what is your dream job now? I wanted to be a train conductor when I was a little kid, and now I want to be a filmmaker or something like that.

Rebecca Settlage

What colleges are you applying to? I am going to UGA.

Who was your first Wesleyan crush? Jeb Brown.

What was your most embarrassing Wesleyan moment? Freshmen year I was on the upperclassmen side of the lunchroom and wasn’t paying attention and ended up tripping and spilling my pasta all over myself and a senior boy.

What will you miss most about Wesleyan? My friends and teachers.

What is one thing you wished you had done in high school? Golf.

What are three things you cannot live without? Elvis, tie-dye and my friends.

What was your dream job when you were a little kid versus what is your dream job now? I wanted to be a princess when I was younger. Now, I do not know what I want to do, but I want to be able to travel around the world.

Emma Surber

What colleges are you applying to? I’m going to UGA next year.

Who was your first Wesleyan crush? Stewart Stamper.

What was your most embarrassing Wesleyan moment? I have a lot, but I can never remember them off the top of my head. In eighth grade before the GAC versus Wesleyan basketball game, I was at Willy’s, and there were some kids wearing Wesleyan Friday uniforms. I automatically assumed they high schoolers at Wesleyan, and I just didn’t know who they were so I talked to them about Wesleyan and they played along. I then got to the basketball game and realized that they went to GAC, and one of them was Grant Campbell’s brother.

What will you miss most about Wesleyan? I will miss Coach Yoder and post-practice powwows with Ms. Trotter and Ana Hanger.

What is one thing you wished you had done in high school? I wish I had tried out for chapel band.

What are three things you cannot live without? Chips and salsa (preferably from Willy’s), facewash and a visor.

What was your dream job when you were a little kid versus what is your dream job now? When I was little I always wanted to be either a teacher like every little girl with a school play set, but now I have to say my dream job is to be a National Geographic Photographer. It would be so cool to get paid to travel the world and capture moments and stories from other cultures and places, as well as just explore the beautiful world around us.

Gracie Mitchell

What colleges are you applying to? I am going to CU Boulder next year.

Who was your first Wesleyan crush? Austin Mains.

What was your most embarrassing Wesleyan moment? I was making an Omicron announcement about a Super Bowl chili cook off with homeless people. I am really bad at public speaking, and as I started talking about it, and decided that I can’t keep myself together and nervously burst into laughter. I start laughing at the homeless and how they are hungry (which I don’t find funny at all, I was just nervous). No one else found this nearly as funny as I did and multiple people asked me why I hated homeless people.

What will you miss most about Wesleyan? My friends and the community it provides.

What is one thing you wished you had done in high school? Peer leadership, chapel band or spirit captain (I applied and didn’t get any of them).

What are three things you cannot live without? My friends, my sleeping mask and mashed potatoes.

What was your dream job when you were a little kid versus what is your dream job now? When I was a little kid I wanted to be a marine biologist who lived in Colorado who trained dolphins to find things in the ocean, and now I want to be a therapist or a lawyer.

Madison Lloyd

What colleges are you applying to? I am committed to Cedarville University to play volleyball.

Who was your first Wesleyan crush? Ben Connor.

What was your most embarrassing Wesleyan moment? Junior year I decided to play on the soccer team as a goalie, even though I have never played before. At the end of the state championship game, the coach put me in for the last four minutes, and the other team got the ball down the field, and shot it on me and I stopped it but then dropped it and literally crawled on the soccer field and grabbed the ball before they tried to kick it again. Luckily, they didn’t score and I did stop the ball but all of this happened during a state championship game which was kind of funny.

What will you miss most about Wesleyan? Definitely my friends and the close relationships I have with some of the teachers.

What is one thing you wished you had done in high school? I wish I would have played tennis.

What are three things you cannot live without? My dog, Berkeley, chocolate milk and sunglasses.

What was your dream job when you were a little kid versus what is your dream job now? When I was a kid I wanted to be a famous photographer to travel the world, now I do still want to pursue photography, but I also want to be an art therapist and help people out through art.

Erin McConnell

What colleges are you applying to? Vanderbilt, Davidson, Air Force Academy, Washington and Lee, William and Mary and UGA.

Who was your first Wesleyan crush? Wes Henson in sixth grade.

What was your most embarrassing Wesleyan moment? Once I got stuck in a tablet bag. I tried to sling it over my shoulder but somehow it got stuck on my foot, and I was screeching and hopping around like a demented flamingo in front of my entire homeroom until my friend came to free me. I don’t know if that’s my most embarrassing story, though. That was kind of just a normal day for me.

What will you miss most about Wesleyan? I’m going to miss my teachers and all the extracurricular activities I’ve gotten to try here.

What is one thing you wished you had done in high school? Hand-in-Hand.

What are three things you cannot live without? Music, fast food and Netflix.

What was your dream job when you were a little kid versus what is your dream job now? When I was little I wanted to be Belle at Disney World. I still want to be Belle at Disney World. Or maybe a surgeon.

Lily Rudder

What colleges are you applying to? I’m going to CU Boulder.

Who was your first Wesleyan crush? Matt Adent.

What was your most embarrassing Wesleyan moment? My first year as a varsity cheerleader (junior year), we performed our routine at the homecoming pep-rally in front of the entire school. During the routine we threw a toe touch basket toss (I was the flyer), and I flew straight back, and my entire body landed on Olivia LaValle (my backspot), who was on the floor… the next day she found out she had a concussion. I’m sorry Olivia.

What will you miss most about Wesleyan? I will definitely miss all of my teachers I’ve gotten close with, cheering at Friday night football games, Monday morning meeting and SAGE dining’s chocolate chip cookies.

What is one thing you wished you had done in high school? I wish that I had tried out for a play/musical in high school.

What are three things you cannot live without? Sugar, my eyelash curler and knickknacks.

What was your dream job when you were a little kid versus what is your dream job now? My dream job as a little kid was to be a famous singer. Now my dream job is to be a national geographic photographer or the Bucket List Family.

Ryan Glazier

What colleges are you applying to? Elon.

Who was your first Wesleyan crush? Emma Watkins.

What was your most embarrassing Wesleyan moment? I have selective memory loss.

What will you miss most about Wesleyan? The holiness.

What is one thing you wished you had done in high school? Gone on a mission trip.

What are three things you can’t live without? My hair, video games and food.

What was your dream job when you were a little kid versus what is you dream job now? When I was a kid, my dream job was to be a pro soccer player. Now, it’s to be a pro snowboarder.

Michelle Tan

What colleges are you applying to? I will be going to Emory University.

Who was your first Wesleyan crush? Michael Deweese.

What was your most embarrassing Wesleyan moment? In lower school, I am not too sure when, but someone made me laugh so hard that I peed myself, and I mean peed. And it was a jeans day. So, my jeans were noticeably darker in that one spot. No one noticed yet, so I ran to the bathroom and started crying and panicking in the stall. I came up with the solution: dip my pants completely in water so it will all be dark, and no one will know I peed myself!! That’s what I did and I’m pretty sure every teacher knew what happened…

What will you miss most about Wesleyan? The beautiful campus. I really love how pristine and clean it always is.

What is one thing you wished you had done in high school? Being more open and friendly. I wish I had gotten to know more people on a personal level.

What are three things you cannot live without? Food, water and my parents.

What was your dream job when you were a little kid versus what is your dream job now? As a kid, I wanted to be famous… like a singer or an actress. Now, I want to be a doctor (pulmonologist, surgeon or pediatrician).

Jaucqir LaFond

What colleges are you applying to? Emory, Howard University, NYU, Juilliard, University of Michigan, University of Southern California and Yale.

Who was your first Wesleyan crush? Grayson Ragsdale.

What was your most embarrassing Wesleyan moment? I was changing in the bathroom before Marching Band with alumni Andrew Strayhorn and TJ Mergler. We were chilling and suddenly, this look of pure shock crosses TJ’s face, and he shuts his eyes. I look down and realize my fly is down. Not the fly of my pants, but the button of my boxers. Let’s just say they saw something they didn’t need to see.

What will you miss most about Wesleyan?  Mr. Joe Tamel.

What is one thing you wished you had done in high school? I kind of wish I stayed on Honor Council.

What are three things you cannot live without? Music, food and petting other people’s dogs.

What was your dream job when you were a little kid versus what is your dream job now? When I was a kid, I wanted to be a cardiologist. Now, I want to be a performer, an artist if you will, preferably on the stage.

Lauren Pavelec

What colleges are you applying to? I’m going to Washington University in St. Louis

Who was your first Wesleyan crush? Garrett Hangartner in third grade.

What was your most embarrassing Wesleyan moment? In eighth grade, I had P.E. before Mr. Young’s Bible class. In a rush to get to class, I guess I forgot to zip my skirt. Mr. Young called me out for “having a rip in my skirt” in front of the class, and I realized my zipper was down.

What will you miss most about Wesleyan? The community and our awesome grade.

What is one thing you wished you had done in high school? Young Life.

What are three things you cannot live without? Lemonade, Carson and my dog, Cody.

What was your dream job when you were a little kid versus what is your dream job now? When I was a kid, I wanted to be a ballerina. Now, I want to be a designer.

Ansley Jones

What colleges are you applying to? I am going to Auburn.

Who was your first Wesleyan crush? Matt Adent.

What was your most embarrassing Wesleyan moment? It was the day after I had mouth surgery in 3rd grade. I was already super swollen and looking great. That morning I had an allergic reaction to the medicine they put me on and prompted to throw up in the bushes in front of the lower school. Everyone walking in witnessed me run from the bushes to the nurse’s office. To make it worse, for the next few weeks my stitches would come out one by one. I would randomly start coughing and choking and would have to spit out what looked like a hairball in front of all my classmates. Definitely the worst experience I’ve had in my entire life.

What will you miss most about Wesleyan? I’m really going to miss the community and Before Care in the lower school.

What is one thing you wished you had done in high school? I wish I had taken more art/non-academic classes. I also wish I had done something like student government.

What are three things you cannot live without? A hair tie, karate and Chick-Fil-A.

What was your dream job when you were a little kid versus what is your dream job now? My dream job as a kid was to be a princess or a teacher. Now I want to be a pediatric nurse.

Jack Mills

What colleges are you applying to? I’m going to Ole Miss next year.

Who was your first Wesleyan crush? Emma Surber.

What was your most embarrassing Wesleyan moment? When I first came to Wesleyan, the computer made me look like an idiot in every class and still does on a regular basis.

What will you miss most about Wesleyan? My friends and teachers. The community as a whole.

What is one thing you wished you had done in high school? Done well in Spanish.

What are three things you cannot live without? My car, pre-workout and Banks Ramsey.

What was your dream job when you were a little kid versus what is your dream job now? As a little kid, I wanted to be a helicopter pilot, and now, a hedge fund manager looks pretty cool.

Lexi Mellott

What colleges are you applying to? I’m going to Georgia Tech next year.

Who was your first Wesleyan crush? Zach Peterson.

What was your most embarrassing Wesleyan moment? One day during my freshman year, I was walking down the stairs in the Fine Arts Building with Lauren Bell and Grayson Ragsdale. I was singing “I Have Confidence” from “The Sound of Music” at the top of my lungs, and ironically, I tripped and took a great, big tumble down the stairs. Immediately after I fell, Lauren looks me dead in the eye and jokingly says, “Do you still have confidence?”

What will you miss most about Wesleyan? Definitely the teachers. They are really a wonderful group of people, and it is so evident they genuinely care about you and your success.

What is one thing you wished you had done in high school? I wish I had done lit mag and journalism. I’m such a fan of the “Green & Gold.”

What are three things you cannot live without? Board games, green tea and Jesus.

What was your dream job when you were a little kid versus what is your dream job now?

When I was a little kid, I wanted to be a pop star or a movie star. Now, my absolute dream job would be voicing a new Disney princess.

Stewart Stamper

What colleges are you applying to? I’m going to UGA next year.

Who was your first Wesleyan crush? Olivia Frye.

What was your most embarrassing Wesleyan moment? During Homecoming week, I was walking through the lunch room getting ready to leave. I had just gotten a full cup of chocolate milk and was on my way out of the cafeteria when I slipped and spilled my chocolate all over the floor and myself. It was between tables so it also got on some people sitting close. I felt super embarrassed and felt horrible for spilling chocolate milk on everybody.

What will you miss most about Wesleyan? Playing high school sports.

What is one thing you wished you had done in high school? Joined the golf team.

What are three things you cannot live without? My car, ping pong and friends.

What was your dream job when you were a little kid versus what is your dream job now? I wanted to be a police officer. Now, I want to be an entrepreneur of some sort.

Grant Beaty

What colleges are you applying to? I am going to North Carolina Chapel Hill

Who was your first Wesleyan crush? Ashley Pierce in fifth grade.

What was your most embarrassing Wesleyan moment? In fifth grade, I had the biggest crush on Ashley Pierce, so I asked her out. I wrote a note and gave it to David Thrower to give to her. She said no, and I’m still mad at her about it.

What will you miss most about Wesleyan? The swim team.

What are three things you can’t live without? Water Polo, Psalm 24 and Ryan Glazier telling us about his competitive cheer meets (haha).

What was your dream job when you were a little kid versus what is you dream job now? I wanted to be a scientist because I thought it would be cool to have all the test tubes and mix stuff and all that. Now, I want to be in business. I took AP Chem and the test tubes are not as fun as they seem.

Josiah Emmelhainz

What colleges are you applying to? After a gap year in Mongolia, I will be attending Georgia Southern.

Who was your first Wesleyan crush? No one.

What was your most embarrassing Wesleyan moment? I don’t get embarrassed.

What will you miss most about Wesleyan? Mrs. Godard.

What is one thing you wished you had done in high school? Gotten on a sleep schedule.

What are three things you can’t live without? Jesus, sleep and sustenance.

What was your dream job when you were a little kid versus what is you dream job now? Honestly don’t remember what I wanted to be as a kid, and I don’t have a dream job, but I want to become a warlord.

Lydia Rogers

What colleges are you applying to? Northeastern University, Boston University and Loyola University Chicago.

Who was your first Wesleyan crush? George Bielan.

What was your most embarrassing Wesleyan moment? When I was in fifth grade and an awkward middle-schooler, I accidentally got into the wrong car thinking it was my mother’s. I figured she just took off the magnets we had on the back of our car while I was at school. So I ran up to the car, opened the back door, and flung my body and backpack into the back seat, yelling out “hi Mom” as I did it. It took me a good two minutes to realize that a random Wesleyan dad was staring at me with a confused expression from the front seat of a car that clearly did not belong to my family. I jumped out of the car and started running through the parking lot, only to realize that my mom’s car was about six or seven spaces down from the vehicle I had just gotten into.

What will you miss most about Wesleyan? The friends and close relationships I have formed through such a small community at this school.

What is one thing you wished you had done in high school? Branched out and tried different activities and clubs.

What are three things you cannot live without? Books/comics, tea and music.

What was your dream job when you were a little kid versus what is your dream job now? My unrealistic dream job was to be a Navy Seal or a spy when I was a kid. Now, I hope to be either a CSI or a forensic scientist.

Melnia Haralabakis

What colleges are you applying to? Oglethorpe University and The American University of Paris.

Who was your first Wesleyan crush? Chandler Center.

What was your most embarrassing Wesleyan moment? I don’t have one.

What will you miss most about Wesleyan? Seeing my friends every day and Mrs. Ragains’ French class.

What is one thing you wished you had done in high school? Either tried out for volleyball or participated in a play.

What are three things you can’t live without? I can’t live without traveling, my camera and quality food.

What was your dream job when you were a little kid versus what is you dream job now? I wanted to be an archeologist and still do, but now, I also want to be a psychologist.

George Bielan

What colleges are you applying to? Ole Miss.

Who was your first Wesleyan crush? Kelsey Rappe.

What was your most embarrassing Wesleyan moment? Running into a pole in lower school.

What will you miss most about Wesleyan? Friends.

What is one thing you wished you had done in high school? Got to school early sometimes.

What are three things you can’t live without? Coffee, Xbox and my car.

What was your dream job when you were a little kid versus what is you dream job now? Construction worker and now real estate agent.

Abraham Lopez-Espinosa

What colleges are you applying to? Oglethorpe University and Birmingham Southern College.

Who was your first Wesleyan crush? Andrea Magana.

What was your most embarrassing Wesleyan moment? My most embarrassing Wesleyan moment was the day that we won the soccer state championship where I wasn’t able to find anybody to hug on the field at the end of the game to celebrate, because everybody had found someone to hug.

What will you miss most about Wesleyan? I will miss the great friendships and soccer seasons that I had in my years at Wesleyan.

What is one thing you wished you had done in high school? I wished I had been able to go to more school dances and other grade activities.

What are three things you can’t live without? Jesus, my family and food.

What was your dream job when you were a little kid versus what is you dream job now? When I was little I wanted to be a lawyer, but now, I want to be a construction manager or an architect.

Katia Hanger

What colleges are you applying to? Lipscomb University.

Who was your first Wesleyan crush? Brae Davidson.

What was your most embarrassing Wesleyan moment? I played basketball at my old middle school, so Coach Azar encouraged me to at least go to the first day of Wesleyan basketball tryouts freshman year. I was super shy and nervous but decided it couldn’t be too bad since I was a decent player in middle school and athletic. My mood quickly changed when I showed up to tryouts in Nike running shorts, an oversized t-shirt and my old basketball shoes, and then proceeded to look around the gym and realize that everyone else was already decked out in green Wesleyan basketball gear from head to toe (plus I was the only new kid trying out). The program was obviously much more serious than I had anticipated, and I quickly realized I didn’t fit in when I missed every layup and got crossed-up by pretty much everyone on the team (@ Mikayla Coombs). I didn’t go back the next day of tryouts and it’s safe to say I don’t think any of the coaches or players were any bit upset. On the bright side, I enjoyed cheering them on (from the bleachers) as they were in the championship each year of high school!

What will you miss most about Wesleyan? Soccer, mission trips, Hand-in-Hand, Sage cookies and my friends.

What is one thing you wished you had done in high school? Cross country and Omicron Service Society.

What are three things you can’t live without? My dog, Graph, ice cream and my Bible.

What was your dream job when you were a little kid versus what is you dream job now? I never had a dream job, and I still don’t know what I want to do now.

 

 

 

 

 

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