Gone from the school, not from the Heart

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The time-honored tradition of “Gone from the school, not from the Heart” continues to commemorate the legacy of the previous year’s graduating class of editors.  This year’s Senior Edition remembers the King Street Chronicle’s former senior editorial board from the class of 2017.
Morgan Johnson
University of Notre Dame Class of 2021
Co-Editor-in-Chief of the King Street Chronicle

Morgan Johnson ’17 (left) and friends show their school spirit at a Notre Dame football game. Courtesy of Morgan Johnson ’17

What is your major and what do you hope to do after college?
My current major is Neuroscience with a minor in Journalism. My major is tentative as my second option is Applied Computational Mathematics and Statistics (ACMS). I am definitely leaning towards the science and math. I’m pretty unsure of what I’ll be doing after college. I will probably end up going to graduate school somewhere, but I am sure that I do not want to attend medical school or do research. Eventually, I will most likely be heading back to the northeast and find a job where I can interact with people and do something to help others!
What do you miss the most about Sacred Heart?
There are so many things about Sacred Heart that I miss. Of course, I miss all of the teachers. At Sacred Heart, you have the opportunity to have face to face interactions with your teachers every day and develop relationships with them. This was one of the most rewarding things about Sacred Heart! Another thing I miss is the Sacred Heart sisterhood. At Notre Dame, we live in single-gender dorms, so it has been a similar experience, but nothing compares to walking into the Core Center and being able to flop down onto the couches next to your best friends after getting a chocolate chip muffin during break. It’s the little things that made Sacred Heart so special and what makes me miss it most.
How have you stayed in touch with your friends from Sacred Heart?
Staying in touch with friends from Sacred Heart can be difficult, but my friends and I have been able to make it work. I FaceTime with my friend Ava Vanech [’17] about once a week and video chat with some of my other friends, too. Group text is also important for little daily updates. It’s so important to stay in contact with high school friends, though, because they are the ones who are going to be there for you during those first few weeks or months at college when you’re still figuring everything out. Jenna Whelan, Quinn Butler, and Margot Butler also are freshmen at Notre Dame, so every once in a while we will all get dinner together and catch up. It’s so refreshing to see my Sacred Heart sisters around campus.
How have you been involved in your college community?
I’ve been involved in the student newspaper at Notre Dame, The Observer. I’m part of both the news and sports sections because I write articles for news, but I help in layout and production for the sports section. For news, I write a lot about events on campus. It’s rewarding to go out into my college community and get to know my college a little bit better. Next year, I’ll be involved in my dorm’s hall council helping with our hall retreat and spiritual activities.
How has Sacred Heart prepared you for your college journey?
Sacred Heart prepared me incredibly for college, particularly in English and writing skills. The English and Senior Seminar teachers at Sacred Heart are drill sergeants in the best and most helpful and inspiring way possible. I have found that even at Notre Dame, there are many students who do not write papers well and struggle with humanities. Sacred Heart also prepared me to be independent. I felt like I was always encouraged to think for myself and use my own abilities to solve a problem. This has been a great asset to me since starting my freshman year.
What is your favorite part of your college experience so far?
My favorite part of my college experience so far has been the people. The community that I have found in my dorm, classes, and extracurricular activities is incredible and is a primary reason why I chose to come to Notre Dame. The girls in my dorm are so welcoming and inviting, and some of the best nights have been when we just hang out in each others’ rooms eating snacks and talking about anything and everything until 2 a.m. (despite the fact that we need to attend 8:20 a.m. chemistry the next morning). The spirit and community that Notre Dame ignites in its students are so unique. When the women’s basketball team won the championship on Easter, students, faculty, and South Bend residents were able to welcome the team home by standing by the entrance to campus when they arrived. It’s amazing how students here are able to come together for fun events such as this.
What would your advice be to Sacred Heart students embarking on their college careers?
My advice for Sacred Heart students embarking on their college careers is to accept the unknown and dive into it head first without fear. Leading up to move-in, I was jittery and nervous. I had no idea what to expect. But, I went into it with an open mind and this has been extremely beneficial to me. Fear is normal, but don’t let it hold you back from trying new things and meeting new people. Be confident in who you are. Confidence is key to living college to its fullest. Don’t pack too many clothes. I definitely overpacked, and now I am beginning to regret it with move-out coming in just a few short weeks. But definitely bring some funky pieces. You never know when you’ll need a Hawaiian shirt. Rely on your Sacred Heart friends. They’re going to be the ones that are there for you during that transition stage and they are going to help you through it.
Arielle Kirven
Arielle Kirven shows her school spirit at the front gates of Amherst.
Courtesy of Arielle Kirven ’17

Amherst College Class of 2021
Co-Editor-in-Chief of the King Street Chronicle
What is your major and what do you hope to do after college?
I am not sure what I’m going to major in yet. I’m deciding between a few different majors: Economics, History, American Studies and Law, Jurisprudence, and Social Thought.
What do you miss the most about Sacred Heart?
I miss the all-girls community. I’ve definitely found that community through the women’s rowing team here, but I miss the comfort and candidness of being in all female environment.
How have you stayed in touch with your friends from Sacred Heart?
Over breaks, I make sure to go out to dinner with a lot of my friends. When we all come back for the summer, I hope to get together with the whole editorial board from last year. I miss them all so much!
Arielle Kirven is rowing on the women’s rowing team at Amherst.
Courtesy of Arielle Kirven ’17

How have you been involved in your college community?
I have been most involved with the Amherst Women’s Rowing Team. We race in the fall and spring and also train indoors during the winter. I have loved being able to continue my sport in college and find a new community through the team. I believe that some of my closest college and lifelong friends will come from this team. I have also co-founded an organization called The Amherst Symposium with my close friend. Through the Symposium, we hope to establish a speaker series where we bring in established professionals, alumni, and experts in each field to lead small seminar-style discussions with students, faculty, and staff. We hope to have all opinions and values represented in these discussions and hope that honest and frank discussion will be the result of these important conversations.
How has Sacred Heart prepared you for your college journey?
As a potential humanities major, I think Sacred Heart taught me how to write extremely well. I still look at a few handouts from Dr. Baptista’s American Literature class to help me with my writing assignments, and I also tend to reference the readings that we did in Senior Seminar. I have found that the Senior Seminar curriculum was fantastic preparation for my Amherst education in the liberal arts.
What is your favorite part of your college experience so far?
As someone who went to Sacred Heart for eight years, I got to know my class extremely well and continue to cherish the sisters I gained from my high school experience. In college, though, I have valued the opportunity to meet so many new people from so many different places. I also love that in Amherst’s small-seminar style classes, I am able to hear and respond to the opinions of my classmates constantly in a discussion-based feedback loop of sorts.
What would your advice be to Sacred Heart students embarking on their college careers?
I would advise students to be open to what they want to study. I have taken courses in History, American Studies, Mathematics, Economics, European Studies, English, and Studio Art. The more departments you experience, the more well-rounded your education becomes.
Juliette Guice
Babson College Class of 2021
Managing Editor and Video Content Editor
What is your major and what do you hope to do after college?
I am studying Business Administration at Babson College in Wellesley, Massachusettes. I have not yet decided my concentration, but I am leaning towards either marketing or finance. After college, I hope to either be working at a marketing or finance firm or starting my own business with some friends.
Juliette Guice ’17 (left) poses with friends at Babson College. Courtesy of Juliette Guice ’17

What do you miss the most about Sacred Heart?
I definitely miss the people the most at Sacred Heart. It can be hard to appreciate how meaningful the relationships are until you’ve left Sacred Heart and are trying to make new friends. I also dearly miss the King Street Chronicle, of course.
How have you stayed in touch with your friends from Sacred Heart?
I talk to my friends from Sacred Heart almost every day through texting and FaceTime. While I have many close friends at Babson, the bond that I have made with my friends from Sacred Heart is unlike any other. Many friends, even some from the King Street Chronicle, have come up to Boston to visit me; likewise, I have visited some friends at their schools.
How have you been involved in your college community?
I really got involved at Babson in the second semester as I was trying to mainly assimilate and adjust to my new lifestyle during the first semester. I joined Kappa Kappa Gamma as well as the Campus Activities Board the second semester. I wanted to join a sorority because I missed that sense of community and having a group of girls that I could always count on. I have met a lot of really caring and smart girls through Kappa that I now call my sisters as well. I am also interested in joining the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership as well as the Panhellenic Council, which governs sorority life and recruitment on campus.
How has Sacred Heart prepared you for your college journey?
I really believe Sacred Heart prepared me for my academics in college. While classes in college can be difficult at times, I feel like I have the tools to study the right way or go about asking for help. Moving from a small high school to a relatively small college, there are so many easily accessible resources whether it be flexible teachers or student tutors that I can utilize.
What is your favorite part of your college experience so far?
My favorite part of my college experience so far has been being able to really feel independent. It is extremely rewarding to be able to maintain living on your own as well as handling difficult courses and being able to go out to social events or to the city and just have a good time with friends.
What would your advice be to Sacred Heart students embarking on their college careers?
Some advice I would give to Sacred Heart students embarking on their college career is to make the most of the relationships you have at Sacred Heart before you leave the school. After meeting many people in college, I learned that very few share any sort of similar feeling that I have towards my high school and my community. While many people create friendships that will last a lifetime in college, you have the opportunity at Sacred Heart to make those types of relationships years before. To the seniors who only have a few short months left at school, appreciate and cherish your sisters because they will always have your back no matter where you may be. To quote the famous Helen Rail ’17, “It is not until you are out that you begin to realize how special, amazing, and unusual such an interconnected and loving community is.”
– Karina Badey, Arts and Entertainment Editor and Juliana Collins, Sports and Health Editor