Senior Talks Take Straus
by Iladro Sauls on Friday, April 25th, 2014
Magus Mabus will host Milton’s annual 5-Minute Senior Talks this evening at 6:30pm in Straus Library. This event showcases a group of Class I students who wish to share some final thoughts and experiences with their Milton peers before they depart for senior projects.
Caleb Warren (’13) began this tradition last year to parallel the Class IV Talks given by all incoming freshman. He reasoned that seniors, as students with three more years of experience than freshmen, should have an outlet through which to reflect on their time at Milton. This year’s head, Morgan O’Connell (I), has gathered eleven seniors to speak. Morgan considers the event to be a “great way to learn more about [seniors] before they leave Milton.”
This year, Haley Dougherty, Derek Low, Ian Malone, Eric Menna, Titania Nguyen, Titi Odedele, Valentine Ora, Cameron Park, Sydney Park, Claire Russell, Corey Schwaitzberg, and Daisy Walker will share some of their experiences with the Milton community. As leaders both in and out of the classroom, these seniors have a wide range of interests and personalities that will make for an entertaining night. The event proved to be very popular last year, especially among younger students who hoped to learn more about some of Milton’s seniors. As an underclassman, Jonathan Chan (III) believes that the event “provides a wonderful opportunity for seniors to share personal experiences—rewarding or embarrassing— that may even help other students understand a bit more about themselves.” In his opinion, “a short but meaningful speech from someone whom you respect can help you discover your interests and passions.” Juliana Rogoff (III) agreed with Jonathan, stating that the older students “may have had unique experiences and incredible opportunities that no one may know about.”
The seniors participating in the 5-Minute Talks are excited to represent their class tonight. “I decided to take part in the event, because it seemed like a really fun opportunity to share a story of mine with the community and also hear others stories as well,” explained Claire Russell (I), “The seniors giving talks are all very cool, interesting people, so their stories should be very funny, intriguing, and memorable”. As for her own talk, Claire hints that both friendship and frozen yogurt will play prominent roles.
Similarly, Daisy Walker (I) plans on using her time to highlight an important individual in her life. “I’m planning on writing my talk about my guitar teacher, Mike Irwin, who is one of the coolest, most amazing people I know,” she said. Daisy feels that she has learned many life lessons—both serious and comical—from this teacher. Daisy explained that some of these essential nuggets of wisdom include “how to stand at a concert and not get pushed over; how to calm down screaming babies when their parents aren’t home; what boys think about (girls and sandwiches predominate); how to buy a suit, wear it once to a wedding, then return it; how to morally justify illegally downloading music, and all sorts of other great life lessons.”
While many seniors will be sharing personal anecdotes, others will use their five minute slot to educate the Milton community about what they feel to be important issues. Sydney Park (I) hopes to enlighten the audience with her observations on a particular aquatic mammal. “I am talking about my fear of dolphins,” said Sydney. In her experiences, she has learned that “the animal kingdom is a horrifying place. It ain’t a Disney kingdom, that’s for sure.” An audience member at previous Senior Talks, Sydney views this tradition as “a fun opportunity for underclassmen to get to know [the seniors] a little better before we leave.”
Regardless of the content of their speeches, the seniors who present tonight will undoubtedly leave a lasting impact on the Milton community with their stories. Josh Seol (I) said, “I definitely think all students—regardless of age—should take time to go; I think having been at Milton for so long, these seniors will have a lot to say about their time here.”
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