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Collegiate Friars: October 2019

October 1, 2019

Catching up with college seniors and ’16 Fenwick classmates Margaret McLean and Cavan Smith of Elmhurst and Western Springs, respectively.

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MARGARET McLEAN

Fenwick Graduation: 2016
Hometown: Elmhurst, IL
Grade School: Visitation Grade School
Current School: Saint Louis University
Current Major: Nursing

Summer Internship: This past summer, I was so blessed to complete the UMSL/BJC Summer Nurse Externship program. I was a “nurse extern” on the Telemetry (Cardiac) Unit at BJC St. Peters Hospital, in St. Peters, Missouri. As a nurse extern, I acted in the role of the Registered Nurse (RN) under the supervision of and alongside my nurse preceptor. I worked her full-time schedule: 12-hour shifts, 3 days a week. I completed 340 clinical hours of direct patient care, from which I gained invaluable nursing care experience.

This externship was separate from my SLU education; it was something I wanted to do on my own to get more clinical experience. Most of the patients I had were there for chest pain, TIAs and strokes, heart failure, cardiac dysrhythmias, respiratory issues, and electrolyte imbalances. From this experience, I grew an appreciation for and developed a passion for cardiac nursing. Some exciting things I learned how to do were focused patient assessments, neuro checks, administering all types of medications, giving tube feedings, interpreting EKG strips, updating the doctor on the patient’s status, and giving end-of-shift report.

Career aspirations: After I graduate, I want to work as an RN in a hospital. I am not sure yet what unit I would like to work on, but I am interested in working in a Telemetry Step-Down Unit, the Emergency Department, the Intensive Care Unit, or possibly Labor & Delivery. After I work for a few years, I may decide to further my education by getting my MSN or DNP and becoming a nurse practitioner.

Fenwick achievements/activities: Achievements include Illinois State Scholar, AP Scholar Award, National Honor Society, Tri-M Music Honor Society, and being a Kairos Leader. Activities include eight BFG productions, Band (clarinet) for 3 years, editor and writer for The Wick school newspaper, tutor for The Write Place (2 years) and Friar Mentors (2 years), and the VFW Speech Contest (3 years).

I think the Fenwick achievement I am most proud of is acting the role of Miranda in Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” in the fall play of my senior year. When I found out I got the part, I freaked out because I wasn’t sure if I could handle that role. Being able to perform that role successfully gave me so much more confidence and pride in my own abilities.

Fenwick teacher who had the most influence on you: This is a very hard question, but I think it is a tie between Mr. Schoeph and Mrs. Nowicki. I became close to Mr. Schoeph over the years because he was the director of the fall plays, which was probably my favorite extracurricular to be a part of at Fenwick. Mr. Schoeph tended to give me the roles of the old, sophisticated ladies of the Victorian Era or a love-struck character in Shakespeare. We would laugh all the time about how we can make the character’s role funny, which are some of my favorite memories from Fenwick. Mr. Schoeph particularly had an effect on me by the way that he believed in my abilities, even when I had trouble believing in myself.

I became close to Mrs. Nowicki in my Pre-Calc class junior year, and through Friar Mentors and Kairos. She is someone who just oozes joy and spreads it to everyone around her. I think she was the teacher that I felt most comfortable talking to and was there for me every step of the way.

Fenwick class that had the most influence on you: I think Speech with Mr. Arellano had the most effect on me, particularly because I hate public speaking. Before I took his class, I would be terrified to speak in front of a group of people. However, his class gave me more confidence, and taught me the techniques of giving a good speech. I still remember that at the end of the semester, he praised me for my Demo speech, and I felt extremely proud of myself. I thought this was a very helpful skill to master, because I will use public speaking skills for the rest of my life.

Best Fenwick experience/the one you would like to live again: I think being a part of the BFG plays and musicals was my favorite Fenwick experience. Putting together a play or a musical requires an absurd amount of time, so it was a large part of my Fenwick experience. I grew very close to the other BFG kids, making some friends for life. Being on stage and acting in front of a large audience, performing something that you’ve practiced so many times before, is one of the most satisfying feelings. I still remember watching the curtain close after my last BFG performance, and all I could think was I never wanted it to end. Also, I have to mention Mr. Finnell’s London trip, which I would give anything to live again! Thank you, Mr. Finnell!

What Fenwick experience changed you the most: I think being a Kairos leader changed me the most. Kairos really helped each person become closer to those around them and helped us realize that everyone has a story, and we don’t know what others have been through. And showing kindness to someone who is secretly going through a rough time can make the world of difference to them. I am going to carry this with me through my nursing career, and offer love and kindness in all that I do.

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CAVAN SMITH

Fenwick Graduation: 2016 

Hometown: Western Springs, IL
Grade School: Hadley Middle School

Current School: University of Connecticut 

Current Major: Finance (Minor: English)

Summer Internship: During my sophomore school year, I was a research assistant in the Department of Economics at UConn. In the summer going into my junior year, I interned at Archer Daniels Midlands Investor Services (ADMIS) in Chicago. This summer I interned at a family wealth fund called OCEANM19 LLC in Hinsdale. 

Career aspirations:  Investment Research

Fenwick achievements/activities: I was a four-year varsity letter athlete on the swim team. I had a couple of school records. The 100 Butterfly might still be there. 

Fenwick teacher who had the most influence on you: Either Mr. Schoeph or Mrs. Weicher. They are the reason why I minor in English. Each day was fun and challenging. I was happy to be in their class every day.

Fenwick class that had the most influence on you: Mrs. Weicher’s junior-year English class. She taught me to enjoy reading, and it changed my perspective.

Best Fenwick experience/the one you would like to live again: I have a couple, but it was when my class (Mr. O’Connor’s English class) made it to the championship for tug of war. I had to skip tug of war to get my head shaved for state swimming championships. We would go to Father Joe’s classroom with our baldheads and get a blessing. He would jump around to show us to be grateful and excited. As for tug of war, my class ended up losing. I’m pretty sure Mr. O’Connor still blames Mickey and me for that one. 

What Fenwick experience changed you the most: I wouldn’t say there was a specific experience. It mainly was the four years on the swim team. It taught me the discipline to achieve and gave me a great group of friends that are still close to me today. 

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