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Collegiate Friars: January 2022

Catching up with young alumni Chris Sedlacek ’18 (at the University of Virginia) and Samantha Link ’20 (at Saint Louis University).
CHRIS SEDLACEK
Fenwick Graduation: 2018
Hometown: La Grange, IL
Grade School: Park Junior High
Current School: University of Virginia
Majors: Commerce (finance & management) and English
Summer Internship: I was an associate consultant Intern with Bain & Company in their Boston office, where my team and I advised on the spin-off of a $19-billion technology company. I will be returning to Bain in Boston as a full-time associate consultant in their Private Equity Group upon graduating from UVA in May 2022.
Career Aspirations: After a few years at Bain, I plan on attending graduate business school to earn an MBA. After this, I would like to pursue a career in private equity, work for a start-up or start my own company.
Fenwick Achievements/Activities: Sports Editor, The Wick; Leader, Kairos December 2017; Basketball play-by-play announcer, Broadcasting Club; WYSE; TEAMS; International Relations Club; National Honor Society; AP Scholar with Distinction; Varsity Tennis; Sophomore Basketball; Spingola Family Scholarship Recipient; National Italian Invitational Scholarship Recipient; Jefferson Scholarship recipient (UVA).
Fenwick teacher who had the most influence on you: Mr. Kleinhans, Mr. Arellano, Mr. Quinn, Mr. Finnell, Father Monco, Mrs. Marcotte — the list goes on. If I had to pick one, however, I think Mrs. Megall had the most influence on me as a student (junior-year honors Spanish). Her zero-tolerance attitude when it came to enforcing rules — dress code, due dates, spelling and grammar — instilled discipline and attention to detail that has helped me tremendously in college. Whether it was tightening my tie or remembering when an accent is needed on a vowel, Mrs. Megall taught me that the small things really do matter, and they matter all the time.
Fenwick class that had the most influence on you: Mr. Sullivan’s freshman honors English class. His class was one of the first I took at Fenwick, and it was one of the most difficult as well (the Greek mythology tests were borderline unfair). His rigorous essay grading made me a better writer, and his detail-oriented exams made me a better reader. I use the reading comprehension skills I developed in his class almost every day in college, and I think a large part of my success on the ACT was due to his class as well. His class, along with all the other English classes I took at Fenwick (and the WYSE grammar sessions with Mr. Schoeph), inspired me to double-major in English at UVA.
Best Fenwick experience/the one you would like to live again: I would like to live my drives to and from Fenwick over again, as well as my walks to and from the old parking lot on Madison Ave. (NOT through the alley, of course). This was the best time: time to catch up with friends after the weekend, to lament how awful my AP physics C exam had gone, to hastily tie my tie, to discuss strategy with my teammates, to find new music with my brother, or to study a quizlet last-second. In the moment, I thought my commute to Fenwick was a nuisance — looking back, it was the part of my Fenwick experience that I cherish the most.
What Fenwick experience changed you the most? While Kairos and Mr. Arellano’s speech class are tied for a close second, the Fenwick experience(s) that changed me the most were the “Engineering Eats” dinners that Mr. Kleinhans hosted for all his physics students. (Mr. K would invite a young Fenwick alum to speak to us over dinner about their engineering-related profession, and how Fenwick helped them get there). While I am doing nothing related to engineering now (sorry, Mr. K), these dinner sessions impacted me in several ways.
First, they provided me with a “light at the end of the tunnel.” Fenwick was hard, and with four years of college looming on the horizon, it was easy to get discouraged. These dinners reminded me of what I was working towards, and what was possible with hard work. Second, these dinners demonstrated the power of a Fenwick education and the life-long network it comes with. It was truly special to see first-hand how successful Fenwick young alumni had become, and it was inspiring to see that they cared enough to take the time to share their experiences with current students. A Fenwick education is truly a privilege, and these dinners helped me realize that.
 
SAMANTHA LINK
Fenwick Graduation: Class of 2020
Hometown: Berwyn, IL
Grade School: St. Giles School (Oak Park)
Current School: Saint Louis University
Major: Psychology (with a minor in Communications)
Summer Internship: I am currently applying to several opportunities within the Saint Louis University community, but I am also open to gaining experience in the public relations and marketing realm.
Career aspirations: I believe media and psychology coexist and should be studied together. So, with the hopes of combining a business-like mindset and science-driven heart, my career aspirations lead me to industrial psychology, and making sure the overall work environment in any given place is running smoothly.
Fenwick Achievements/Activities: Sailing Team (freshman year), HOLA (Hispanic Outreach and Latino Awareness) member, Spanish Club, The Write Place tutor, and Blackfriars Guild (twelve-show Friar!)
Fenwick teacher who had the most influence on you: The Fenwick teacher who had to most influence on me was Mr. Hackman-Brooks. He no longer works at Fenwick, but he always truly cared about his students inside and outside of the classroom. He was an English teacher, but taught me many valuable lessons outside of literature.
Fenwick class that had the most influence on you: The class that had the greatest influence on me must be AP Psychology with Ms. Power. The amount I learned from that class was incredible and led me to the decision to become a psychology major in college.
Best Fenwick experience/the one you would like to live again: I would love to relive Banua again. I have yet to be in a production that was as unique and fun as Banua was for me all four years. All of the BFG traditions are ingrained in my mind forever!
What Fenwick experience changed you the most? The entirety of Blackfriars Guild productions. It sounds cliché, but being with the same people rehearsal after rehearsal did make us a family. Although there were some nights where there was added stress because of the time commitment, I would not trade my experience for the world. Being part of such a tight knit community taught me leadership, teamwork, and the art of having fun.
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