Senior Spotlights

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Joshua Rahman

What college are you applying to / going to?

GCSU.

Who was your first Wesleyan crush?

Bronwyn Bailey.

What was your most embarrassing Wesleyan moment?

In 8th grade, Harrison Dearth threw me in a trash can.

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

Beating Jackson Yates in basketball a couple more times.

If you had 24 hours left to live, what would you do?

If I had 24 hours left to live, I would probably down some C4, hit the gym for about 5 hours, biceps only. Then I would play a little basketball with Jackson Yates and Ashwin.

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 always wanted to a pilot because I’ve always loved planes. But now that I am more realistic and I want to be Dylan Jenkins.

Kat Saylor

What college are you applying to / going to?

I am going to Columbus State.

Who was your first Wesleyan crush?

Dylan Jenkins.

What was your most embarrassing Wesleyan moment?

In 6th grade, Dylan Jenkins asked me out by getting down on one knee and I didn’t know what to do, so I literally pulled him off the ground and said, “you’re not proposing”. Then as he proceeded it was super awkward and I said yes and no back and forth because I wasn’t allowed to date at the time, but I really liked him. I answered “no” and “to ask me again when I can date”, then he just went back outside to play on the quad with his friends. Honestly still regret it to this day, should have said yes.

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

Been in a play besides just being behind the scenes.

If you had 24 hours left to live, what would you do?

Probably would do adrenaline rushing, life threatening activities that would not matter if I died during them.

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

When I was younger, I wanted to be a baby model, now I want to be a psychiatrist.

 

Michael Steenekamp

What college are you applying to / going to?

Clemson.

Who was your first Wesleyan crush?

Maya Timberlake.

What was your most embarrassing Wesleyan moment?

The entirety of freshman year.

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

Not have taken Spanish.

If you had 24 hours left to live, what would you do?

I would go to the beach with my friends and have a good time.

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

When I was a kid, I really wanted to be an astronaut, now I’m aiming a little lower and want to own my own business one day.

 

Melany Mendez

What college are you applying to / going to?

I am going to Georgia State University.

Who was your first Wesleyan crush?

Liam Coxhead.

What was your most embarrassing Wesleyan moment?

When I was in English class my junior year, I was doing a crossword puzzle while Mr. Zimmerman was giving instructions on our assignment. I had forgotten to mute the sound on my tablet so when I typed the last word on the crossword, loud music and a voice came from my tablet congratulating me for completing the crossword. I was quick to mute my tablet and when I looked up, Zimmerman and my classmates were staring at me. It was very awkward.

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

I wish I had played basketball with some of my favorite basketball players (AC, Alyssa and Paige). Unfortunately, I do not know how to play.

If you had 24 hours left to live, what would you do?

I would spend time with my friends, fly down to Guatemala to spend time with my family and go skydiving. I would also eat a lot of food.

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 a teacher or a pediatrician. Now, realistically speaking, I want to become a Nurse Practitioner and build a clinic in a Central American country and possibly have a side job in journalism. However, if I get lucky and become a Golden State Warriors stat keeper or NBA reporter, I’m down for that too.

 

Carson Wood

What college are you applying to / going to?

Auburn, Highpoint and GCSU.

Who was your first Wesleyan crush?

Elise Harper.

What was your most embarrassing Wesleyan moment?

I fell down the stairs once.

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

I really wish that I had managed the JV boys’ basketball team as a senior.

If you had 24 hours left to live, what would you do?

Skydive out into a volcano riding on a great white shark naked; that way I am going out on my own terms.

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

I used to really want to be a firefighter. now I will settle for being a custodian or something.

 

Grace Kennedy

What college are you applying to / going to?

Auburn.

Who was your first Wesleyan crush?

Liam Coxhead.

What was your most embarrassing Wesleyan moment?

I wore my Nike shorts inside out, so I looked like I had put my underwear on outside of my shorts and I walked by all the football players.

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

Basketball.

If you had 24 hours left to live, what would you do?

I would take all my friends and family and either go on a fun road trip to the lake or we would all go to a concert.

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 veterinarian, but now my dream job is to be a Go-Pro photographer and travel around the world to take pictures for their company or just anything that would let me travel.

 

Stephen Dunlap

What college are you applying to / going to?

Georgia Tech.

Who was your first Wesleyan crush?

Ansley Feininger.

What was your most embarrassing Wesleyan moment?

When my entire grade sang happy birthday to me every day in the cafeteria sophomore year.

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

I wish I tried harder academically when I was a freshman because it counts a lot for college.

If you had 24 hours left to live, what would you do?

I would want to spend a lot of time with my family and friends.

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 marine biologist, but my dream job now is working with something in engineering. I have not decided exactly which kind of engineering I want to do yet, but I will do something in that field.

 

Isabelle Moratti

What college are you applying to / going to?

Southern California.

Who was your first Wesleyan crush?

Ryan King in 6th Grade.

What was your most embarrassing Wesleyan moment?

At graduation last year, Elise Harper, Kris Laurite, Sophie Parsonnet and I were late to graduation and we saw some seats on the floor of the gym to sit in. So instead of taking the staircase, we decided to walk down the bleachers in heels. Once we started, we realized that we were causing a scene and making so much noise. Everyone is the seats around us were staring and shushing us. I am pretty sure they stopped calling names and waited for us to make it to the seats. So many came up to us after and mentioned it. It was really embarrassing.

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

Model Arab League.

If you had 24 hours left to live, what would you do?

Spend the day at the lake with my friends and family eating as much good food as possible and then go to a music festival.

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

I wanted to be a veterinarian, but now I want to be a lawyer or a consultant.

 

J.R. Martin

What college are you applying to / going to?

Georgia Tech.

Who was your first Wesleyan crush?

Mary Ann Manley.

What was your most embarrassing Wesleyan moment?

Freshman year when I slipped in the lunchroom and spilled spaghetti on my chapel uniform.

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

Played soccer.

If you had 24 hours left to live, what would you do?

I don’t know.

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 cop, but now I want to do something in business.

 

Quinn Kaloper

What college are you applying to / going to?

I am taking a gap year with YWAM (Youth With a Mission) and then going to Samford next fall.

Who was your first Wesleyan crush?

Landon Parks.

What was your most embarrassing Wesleyan moment?

My freshman year state cross country meet I was running down a muddy hill and fell during the race in front of Tucker Cannon, Cole Mannion and a bunch of other senior guys.

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

Tried different sports, like soccer or tennis.

If you had 24 hours left to live, what would you do?

Go hiking with all my friends and then jump into a body of water.

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

I wanted to be a veterinarian and now something in business or marketing.

 

Kyle Orton

What college are you applying to / going to?

Kennesaw State.

Who was your first Wesleyan crush?

Jordyn Shackford in kindergarten.

What was your most embarrassing Wesleyan moment?

The day that I got pulled over while parked in the senior lots.

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

Taken school more seriously during 9th and 10th grade.

If you had 24 hours left to live, what would you do?

I would throw a huge party.

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

I always wanted to build buildings like my dad and I still haven’t changed my mind.

 

Sophie Zetzsche

What college are you applying to / going to?

GCSU.

Who was your first Wesleyan crush?

Andrew Pridgen in 7th grade.

What was your most embarrassing Wesleyan moment?

In 7th grade, we were doing the shoe relay on field day. It was my turn, and being the athlete, I am, I took off in a full sprint down the basketball court, grabbed my shoes, and full sprinted back down the court. I was running back on the left, and Liam Coxhead was standing at the starting line on the right, ready to high five me so he could go. At the last second, one of us switched sides and I ended up decking him and he fell on the floor in front of the entire middle school.

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

Been invited to Mr. Lissons’s house for boys Bible study.

If you had 24 hours left to live, what would you do?

I would do a bunch of cool stuff that I am too afraid to do: ride roller coasters with loops, skydive, swim with sharks, jump across the tops of tall buildings, and eat at sketchy restaurants, because salmonella does not scare me anymore.

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 a horseback riding coach, but after one summer at Girl Scout camp when I saw a girl be bucked off a horse, that dream ended and now I want to be a child psychologist.

 

Connor Thompson

What college are you applying to / going to?

Auburn.

Who was your first Wesleyan crush?

Ansley Cotter.

What was your most embarrassing Wesleyan moment?

When Ellie French woke me up during awards assembly and told me I won an award, but it was actually for girl’s health class. Nobody stopped me and I just walked up there. Shout out to Chip Myrick for handling it like a champ.

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

Eat more.

If you had 24 hours left to live, what would you do?

Become the greatest.

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

I wanted to be a fire fighter and now I want to do something in business.

 

Lauren Oakes

What college are you applying to / going to?

Coast Guard, Texas A&M, Clemson, Hawaii, Wisconsin, NC State, and Colorado and School of Mines.

Who was your first Wesleyan crush?

David Anderson (sorry Belle).

What was your most embarrassing Wesleyan moment?

During the Valentine’s Day match making thing sophomore year, I was somehow entered as a dude instead of a chic. So, at the time I thought ‘ok fine, I’ll just show up on a couple people’s sheets and it’ll be fine’ but no. Somehow, I became the 4th most compatible guy in the high school, so needless to say the survey was released much later.

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

Tried out for the swim team.

If you had 24 hours left to live, what would you do?

Kidnap Mac and go to the beach.

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 work at Buc-ees but now I want to be a computer engineer in the Coast Guard.

 

Harrison Dearth

What college are you applying to / going to?

Auburn.

Who was your first Wesleyan crush?

Quinn Kaloper.

What was your most embarrassing Wesleyan moment?

I slid into home plate during weight training class and messed up my knee so much that I had to be on crutches for the day.

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

Taken Mr. Schroer to prom.

If you had 24 hours left to live, what would you do?

I’d go to the lake with friends and eat good food. We would listen to Zac Brown Band and just enjoy our time out there.

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

I grew up wanting to be a fireman. Now, I either want to go into international business marketing or open up a surf shop in Thailand.

 

Alayna Fogarty

What college are you applying to / going to?

GCSU.

Who was your first Wesleyan crush?

Matthew Williamson.

What was your most embarrassing Wesleyan moment?

Freshman year, I was in Mr. Paroli’s Algebra 1 class and I had dropped my homework on the ground. When I bent over to pick it up, I accidentally farted. My face turned bright red and I shot up and turned to Cole Elsevier and started blaming it on him. People went along with it, but I think everyone knew deep down that it was me.

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

I wish I had been more involved. Since I was new freshman year, I never wanted to go to all the school functions. But, looking back, I wish I went to more football games and other events at Wesleyan.

If you had 24 hours left to live, what would you do?

I would go to Aruba with my best friends and throw the football, ride jet skis, go surfing with surfer boys, and order food and drinks until I died.

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 an ice cream man. Now, I want to own my own psychotherapy practice.

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