Sunday, May 31, 2020

Featured Senior: Nicole Swisher

By: Jack Condon/Freshman Staff Writer

RR: What are your plans after high school?

NS: I’m taking a gap year to recover from some serious academic burnout.  My plans for this year include finding a job, gardening, and spoiling my dogs to a ridiculous degree.

RR: What college do you plan on attending and for what major?

NS: I don’t know where I’m going yet, but I want to major in Zoology.  I’ve always been passionate about animals, especially wild ones, and I look forward to getting involved in wildlife conservation efforts!

RR: If you are headed to college, will you be participating in any clubs, special activities, or sports?

NS: Chorus and theater are both musts for me!  I’d like to continue participating in Scholastic Bowl if possible, and maybe archery.  I might even take up a sport—a middle-school gym teacher once told me I’d be great at hockey because I was so aggressive with the puck in class, and that comment has always stuck with me!

RR: A quote that helped you get through high school?

NS: “Don’t let the fear of the time it will take to accomplish something stand in the way of your doing it.  The time will pass anyway; we might just as well put that passing time to the best possible use.”   – Earl Nightingale.  This quote is a powerful encouragement not to procrastinate!

RR: What other clubs, organization, sports, etc. do you or have you participated in?

NS: Chorus/Theater, Archery, Art, National Honor Society, and Scholastic Bowl.

RR: Who was your favorite teacher?

NS: Ms. Z—no doubt about it!  She’s always so much fun and she’s really made me feel at home here ever since I moved to Blue Ridge in the middle of seventh grade.  There have been and continue to be many days when her class is the only thing motivating me to get to school!

RR: What advice do you have for underclassmen?

NS: Don’t stress over every little thing.  99% of the stuff you think is world-shattering probably doesn’t even matter that much.  And on a related note: one bad grade does not spell the end of your academic career!

RR: If you could have your dream job, what would it be?

NS: I have so many dream jobs I can hardly even begin to count them!  “Zoologist”, “author”, and “performer” (as in an actress or singer) are the first to come to mind.

RR: Special thanks to?

NS: My friends, for making me laugh; my guidance counselors, for putting up with all my drama; Ms. Z, for motivating me to get out of bed and drag my tired self to school; and my dad, for trusting my judgment and promising to support me regardless of what I do.

Jack Condon
Jack Condon is a senior writer. He runs cross country and track while also enjoying everything to do with art and fun activities. He always looks to the future and peruses what would be best for the success of whatever he is doing.  He is happiest when in the mountains on a trail listening to the sounds of nature.  He feels as though the best way to discover the world around him is by putting on running shoes and exploring.  All in all, he falls in love with what he is doing with all his heart.

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