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Seniors’ Advice to Marist Students

Marist student section cheering on boys basketball (Credit: Marist student Instagram)

As the 2023-2024 school year is coming to a close and seniors are starting to commit to their colleges, they reflect back on how much they have learned. They have come a long way since freshmen year and now have some words of wisdom for their fellow students.

Topic 1: Getting Involved with the School

Marist is a school that has many clubs and sports for anyone to join. Branching out to other groups and people in high school helps create friendships and brings students closer to the school. No matter what team athletes make or what club students join, they will be able to meet people with similar interests. 

Senior Cyla McNamara says, “I have made so many friends through my seasons playing lacrosse at Marist. Some of my closest friends now are from seeing them at practices everyday. It helps you create a strong bond through tough workouts or games. I struggled my first year at Marist, and joining lacrosse freshman year made it better for me because you meet so many different people and are all brought together playing a sport we love.”

Another way to branch out and support Marist is to go to games. Marist has student sections for most sports and student athletes feel more supported when friends and classmates come to games to cheer them on. 

Senior Lizzie Badke says, “It’s so important that you show up to Marist games because you are supporting not only your friends but your classmates as well. At Marist we are all family and it’s always important to support each other not only in classrooms but on the field or court. Showing up for each other is a great way to show how fun and close Marist is as a school.”

Topic 2: Staying on top of Academics 

Marist is a school that is known for its strong academics and if students fall behind it might be hard to catch up. This is why Marist wants its students to succeed and be able to get into a strong college that is the best fit. Although playing games in class or missing school might be fun now, it won’t help students later on. 

Senior Meghan Kelly says, “While I am applying for colleges I realize how much staying on top of my work has helped me. My English classes have prepared me to write a perfect college essay and get into most of the schools I applied to.” 

Asking teachers for help in classes is never a waste and shouldn’t be something to be afraid of. Teachers are here to help their students and want to see them do their best in their classes. When students don’t ask for help and fail to understand concepts, they are more likely to fall behind and not do well. 

Senior Olivia Skalitzky says, “The teachers at Marist want nothing but the best for students, so they always go out of their way to help us grow as students and help us understand lessons we might not grasp right away. It is important that we never hesitate to ask our teachers for help in the classroom because their main goal is to guide us to academic success.”


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Drew Blackburn, Journalism and Media 2 Writer
Hi, my name is Drew Blackburn. I am currently a junior here at Marist. This year I hope to make the varisty lacrosse team and dean’s list. I enjoy watching Gilmore Girls and going out to eat with my friends. In journalism, I hope to improve my writing skills and be able to minor in journalism.
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