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Friends choose to attend the same colleges

Olivia Crosby

It all started when they were grouped together as partners in their sixth grade social studies class at Coleytown Middle School.

Next year, six years later, Megan Foreman ’14 and Melony Malkin ’14 will be taking both their studies and their friendship 663 miles away to the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

These girls are among many other Staples seniors who will be dragging their stuffed suitcases to the same college next year as one or more of their high school friends.

College is known to be a time when everyone is thrown into a new place with new people and new expectations. So, many of these seniors believe that having a good friend from high school there with them will be a solely positive experience.

Most seniors have found that when making their final college decision, whether or not a good friend is planning on going to the same college has little to no impact.

Annie Raifaisen ’14, who will be attending Tulane University next year along with her best friend since age four, feels lucky that she will be starting off her college life with a familiar face.

“It is so comforting to know that we will have each other there especially for things like orientation and meet ups and the whole first semester in general,” Raifaisen said.

Foreman agrees that it will be a relief to have someone she recognizes on campus but is also excited because she believes that going to school with one of her best friends will make it easier for the two to stay close.

“I’m glad we’ll be able to stay friends more easily given we’ll be able to see each other a lot more,” Foreman said.

Foreman actually chose to room with another student from Staples with whom she said she gets along very well.

“I just thought it would better going into it knowing I wouldn’t have problems with my roommate,” Foreman said.

Jack Scott ’14 is also under the impression that going to college with two of his good friends will be nothing but helpful in their already strong friendship.

“I am really excited to see how close we become the next four years,” Scott said.

Most students know that even if they to college with a friend, there will still be an abundance of new experiences awaiting them.

“It’s somewhat a new life anyway whether there are people you already know or not,” Jake Reiner ’14 said.

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Zoe Brown, Editor-in-Chief
When it comes down to it, managing schoolwork can be tough to handle. Think about being someone who can manage double the work. Zoe Brown ‘16 does just that. Brown performs a stunning job juggling her status as a good student, Editor-in-Chief of Inklings and her position as the co-president of TAG (Teen Awareness Group). But as Brown painfully put it, she never goes to bed before 12 and often her associations embezzle half her free time. Being impressive like Zoe comes with long hours of time and commitment. Not everything fell into place for Brown from the start. Brown was forced to move to Westport in eighth grade after her father found a new job in Greenwich. This was especially agonizing for her after growing up in Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania for 14 years. The transition was tough going into the new school system. “It was terrible. I hated it. I was in this place where I was denying to myself that I would have to live here for the rest of my childhood and so I didn't branch out and make an effort to find a place,” she said. Luckily, Brown’s love for writing set her up for three great years on Inklings, where she made many of her friends she still has today. Also this past summer Brown visited Columbia and Boston University, helping her with everything from feature design to investigative reporting. After high school, Zoe hopes to study journalism and communications. But for now, she is set with the interesting people she meets on the job. Brown had a fun time interviewing an actor at an event held at Oscars Deli, saying how “he was very enthusiastic about the interview which made it fun.”
Olivia Crosby
Olivia Crosby, Creative Director
When Olivia Crosby ’15 was a freshman, she signed up to make graphics for Inklings, but was never asked to help out. She came in three separate times that year, but still was never asked to join the staff. But, later in the year her talents became noticed. “I took intro to journalism, and during the copyright unit we had to find a legal graphic for a story; I was way too lazy to find something that was legal, so I just made my own. After that Inklings asked me to join,” Crosby said. Crosby’s persistence and drive has allowed her to evolve from staff artist during her freshman and sophomore years, to creative director junior year, to her current position as graphics editor. While Crosby primarily draws for Inklings, she prefers making pottery, which she says helps relieve stress. When Crosby can’t be found in the art or Inklings rooms, she is often found doing flips and twists into the Staples pool. After years of gymnastics and multiple injuries, as a freshman, Crosby transferred her skills from the gym to the pool and joined the Staples diving team. “I love being on the team,” Crosby said. “It’s exciting and so thrilling knowing how hard you'll push yourself even if you don't think you can do it.”

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