June 1, 2018
Mike, who will be a sophomore at Georgetown in the fall, is spending his summer in Indiana as an NSF intern at IU as a student researcher.
Fenwick Graduation: 2017
Grade School: St. Mary’s
Current School: Georgetown University (Washington, D.C.)
Current Major: Computer Science
Summer Internship: Student Researcher at Indiana University-Bloomington ProHealth Summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU). Subsidized by the National Science Foundation, the research program I am working for looks for breakthroughs in Human Computer Interactions and Health and Informatics. My particular project is designing and implementing software for prenatal, perinatal and post-partum mothers to track quantitative and qualitative data about them and their children. We would then test the software in the field and observe its effects on mothers. At this stage of development it will most likely be a mobile application.
Career aspirations: I hope to couple a Computer Science degree with an Economics degree and see where that takes me!
Fenwick Achievements/Activities: Illinois State Scholar, Presidential Scholar, AP Scholar with Distinction, Varsity Hockey Equipment Manager. Participated in Math Club Competitions and German Club. Kairos Leader April 2017.
Fenwick teacher who had the most influence on you: This is a difficult question, to say the least. I was very blessed to be taught by amazing faculty such as Mrs. Nowicki, Mr. Kleinhans, Mr. Arscott, Mr. Farran, Mrs. Strom, and many others who assisted me in developing my skills and determining my aspirations.
Fenwick class that had the most influence on you: Probably AP Physics I taught by Mr. Kleinhans. The amount of life lessons I learned in that class has gotten me where I am today and has prepared me for what to expect for the remainder of college and after graduation. The physics he taught were pretty good too.
Best Fenwick experience/the one you would like to live again: The Graduation Ceremony was amazing. I know it was at the end of the year and one of the last Fenwick memories, but it was incredible. You get to see yourself and your fellow classmates be recognized for four years of hard work.
What Fenwick experience changed you the most: The Kairos retreat. It was a great experience and enabled me to become closer with some of my old friends and make a lot of new ones.
Abbey in Budapest, Hungary, with one of her classes from IU.
Fenwick Graduation: 2016
Hometown: River Forest
Grade School: St. Luke
Current School: Indiana University
Current Major: double majoring in Marketing and Professional Sales
What Are You Involved in on Campus? I am currently a member of Alpha Chi Omega sorority where I’m the philanthropy chair. It’s a fun position to have because I get to plan events and also raise money for a domestic violence victim shelter in Bloomington. I am also a member of college mentors for kids, which is a program that pairs students up with under-privileged grade school kids in the area. I love doing this because I miss kids, so this is a perfect opportunity to get to be with kids but also serve as a mentor and really spend time with one kid.
Summer Internship: I am working for the White Sox Kids Club. This year the White Sox decided to redo their kids club, so I'm helping getting it started. I go to the home games and sign kids up by entering their information into the database system. Each kid also gets an ID, so I print those for them using a computer, software and instant printer. It's super cute to see how excited kids get with something so simple as an ID with their picture, but I think that's my favorite part of my job.
Career Aspirations: I've always had a dream of getting a job after school, making some decent money, then have kids and open an interior design shop. I would love to get a job with the White Sox after college, which is why I applied for jobs this summer to get my foot in the door. If that doesn't work out, anything in the marketing or sales departments would be good for me. I love business, but don't see myself sitting at a desk all day, which is why I think this is the right department for me.
Fenwick Achievements/Activities: I played tennis for four years, soccer for three, basketball for two and even tried out bowling for a season. I was a Kairos leader and rector.
Fenwick teacher who had the most influence on you: Mrs. Ori. Even though she wasn't my teacher, she was my tennis coach and I worked on yearbook. We still keep in touch and get together whenever I'm back from school.
Fenwick class that had the most influence on you: Government and society with Ms. Logas. This made me realize how much I enjoy politics and also kept me up to date with what was going on in the world because we had to write current events every week.
Best Fenwick experience/the one you would like to live again: I wish I could relive my whole Fenwick experience again. I loved every second of my time at Fenwick and would give anything to go back. It not only made me feel so prepared for college and the rest of my life, but it also gave me friends for life and mentors who I can always look up to.
The Fenwick experience that changed you the most: I would have to say that freshman year tennis changed me the most. I had never played tennis before and it showed me how much I loved the sport. It also gave me the opportunity to meet a great group of girls, but the coaches (Mr. Draski and Mrs. Ori) were just as great. Every Friday we would have a pasta party with our team. This gave us a chance to get to know each other outside of practice and matches, which was why we had such a good relationship. The freshman and sophomore tennis team was combined, which was nice because it let us meet older girls who we could go to if we needed anything. They also made us feel more comfortable at tennis and at school.