Tierney Sutton

Staff reporter

The school year has come and gone; students pack up their things to head home for the summer. Freshman, as well as transfer students, reconcile on their first year here at Southwestern.

Kailey Kooman, freshman psychology major, reminisces on her first year in college. 

“It has been really nice, considering I made really close friends, and lots of memories throughout my first year of college. My favorite memory I made this year is hanging out with friends in hammocks and just relaxing.”

Kooman explained that when she doubted herself, she turned to activities on campus.

 The excitement of playing a sport in college really helped me get through the year.”

 Kooman also mentioned the hard parts of Southwestern as well, including finals, and their difficulties.

“Especially my final for Philosophy, because I’m not even majoring in the class, and I don’t have much knowledge of the matter, however being done with a hard class is very satisfying. ” Said Kooman.

For next the year, Kooman is excited to continue with her bachelor’s in psychology as well as making even more friends.

Jacob Carlo, freshman history education major, talks about what his first year at Southwestern was like. “Overall the year was a good experience. I made a lot of good friends and really felt at home.”

Carlo said that he never felt uncomfortable in college or had wondered if he was not where he was supposed to be.

 “I never had doubts about Southwestern because I felt at home ever since my visit here,” Said Carlo.

Carlo also explains the difficulties of having to say goodbye to those who will not be around at Southwestern next year. “The hardest part of this year was having to say goodbye to Tim Testa,  and Bryce Grahn.”

Testa was the head coach of cross country and track, after his short time at Southwestern he is heading back to Junction City to be with his family.  Bryce Grahn, sophomore business major,  is leaving Southwestern college to continue his running career at Pittsburg State University.

 Carlo said, although he is going to miss them, he has made memories with his friend, he isn’t going to forget.

“One memory that made my first year here, was sitting in Bryce’s room and watching The Office, and eating a ton of pizza after the Southwestern relays track meet.”

Carlo is still looking forward to the future, and to next year. He is excited about continuing his major in history education and looks forward to meeting the new cross country coach in the fall.

Kacie Lancaster, freshman business major, said, she has had a great experience as a freshman this year, just like so many others.

“Everyone is so kind here, the staff and students are so welcoming, and the overall atmosphere of SC (Southwestern college) is incredible for freshman. However, I’ve had my struggles, it was hard (for me) to adjust first semester, it was hard being happy, because it was hard to find my group of friends and get used to being in college,” said Lancaster. 

Lancaster said that she has found happiness at Southwestern, and a sense of belonging.

“I have made many memories, but one that sticks out is this finals week,  my friends and I went to the library to study and we ended up playing Uno until we got kicked out,” said Lancaster.

Lancaster is excited to continue moving forward to improving as an athlete, a student, and making a lot of new memories with friends.

Brianna Hulse, sophomore English education major, is a transfer from Cowley College.

Husle talked about her first-year experience at Southwestern. “I have had no doubts about Southwestern, but it was a challenge to adapt to a higher standard after transferring. I felt really welcomed, a lot more than my last college. ”

Husle explained how her best time at Southwestern was spent with friends.

“The best memories I have made this year was goofing off in practice,and being with close friends.”

Husle is looking forward to meeting new people, and forming new relationships in her coming years here at Southwestern.

The school year has come and gone; students pack up their things to head home for the summer. Freshman, as well as transfer students, reconcile on their first year here at Southwestern.

Kailey Kooman, freshman psychology major, reminisces on her first year in college.  

“It has been really nice, considering I made really close friends, and lots of memories throughout my first year of college. My favorite memory I made this year is hanging out with friends in hammocks and just relaxing.”

Kooman explained that when she doubted herself, she turned to activities on campus.

“Especially my final for Philosophy, because I’m not even majoring in the class,” Said Kooman.

For next year, Kooman is excited to continue with her bachelors in psychology as well as making even more friends.

Jacob Carlo, freshman history education major, talks about what his first year at Southwestern was like. “Overall the year was a good experience. I made a lot of good friends and really felt at home. I never had doubts about Southwestern because I felt at home ever since my visit here,” Said Carlo.

Carlo also explains the difficulties of having to say goodbye to those who will not be around Southwestern next year. “The hardest part of the year is having to say goodbye to Tim Testa and Bryce Grahn.”

Testa was the head coach of cross country and track, after his short time at Southwestern he is heading back to Junction City to be with his family. Grahn is a sophomore, majoring in business. He is leaving Southwestern college to continue his running career at Pittsburg State University.

Although Carlo is going to miss them, he made memories with his friend, Bryce, he isn’t going to forget.

“One memory that made my first year here was sitting in Bryce’s room and watching The Office, and eating a ton of pizza after the Southwestern relays.”

Carlo is still looking forward to the future and next year. He is excited about continuing his major in history education and looks forward to meeting the new cross country coach in the fall.

Kacie Lancaster, freshman business major, has had a great experience this year at Southwestern.

“Everyone is so kind here, the staff and students are so welcoming, and the overall atmosphere of SC (Southwestern college) is incredible for freshman. However, I’ve had my struggles, its hard to adjust first semester, it was hard being happy because it was hard to find my group of friends and get used to being in college.” Said Lancaster. 

Lancaster explains that she has found happiness at Southwestern.

“I have made many memories but one that sticks out is this finals week with my friends and I. We went to the library and studied, and played Uno until we got kicked out. 

Lancaster looks forward to improving as an athlete, a student, and making a lot of new memories with friends.

Brianna Hulse, sophomore English education major, talks about her first-year experience at Southwestern. “I have had no doubts about Southwestern, but it was a challenge to adapt to a higher standard after transferring.”

“The best memories I have made was goofing off in practice, and being with close friends.”

Husle is looking forward to meeting new people and forming new relationships in her coming years here at Southwestern.