Schenectady High School
PARENTS: Ruth and Greg Lindenfelser
COLLEGE OR OTHER PLANS: SUNY New Paltz, fine arts major
AFTER COLLEGE: A career in the visual arts.
WHAT HAS BEEN THE HARDEST PART OF THE LAST YEAR OF SCHOOL and THE MOST REWARDING: The hardest part was keeping on top of schoolwork while my motivation dwindled. I think many students, especially seniors, can agree that maintaining motivation to work has been hardest during this all-virtual year. It takes a certain amount of self-discipline to successfully complete online schooling, and that combined with the shift of responsibilities that accompany online learning can drain motivation quickly. However, the most rewarding part is also a component of the hardest part, which is having more autonomy over work. I was able to create a study schedule that works best for me and get comfortable with finding my effective study habits.
WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED ABOUT YOURSELF DURING THE PANDEMIC/HOW HAVE YOU CHANGED: I realized how important in-person human interaction is to me. As an introvert, going to a large high school pre-pandemic was socially draining at the end of the day, yet now I realize it is oddly one of the most missed things of my high school experience. I think it’s necessary for high schoolers to have that social interaction with their friends and peers in a healthy environment in order to thrive academically and personally.
WHAT IS THE MEMORY OF SCHOOL YOU WILL NEVER FORGET/WHAT WILL YOU MISS MOST ABOUT HIGH SCHOOL: Schenectady High school has a unique energy to it. We have such unique and talented students who come from a variety of backgrounds that I could never get bored of. Especially seeing my peers’ talent in the creative community at the high school has left me awestruck. Walking into any of the art classrooms is like walking into mini art galleries with a curation of students’ art over many years.
WHAT’S IN YOUR MUSIC PLAYER: Stray Kids, Artic Monkeys, Hazier. I like to listen to a variety of genres!
FAVORITE BOOK OR AUTHOR: Neal Shusterman — his dystopian storylines are captivating and leave you thinking about all the “what ifs.”
BEST PART ABOUT GRADUATING: The overwhelming sense of possibility for the future. College will be a whole different experience that I think will bring more self-exploration and freedom. I’ve also been reflecting on my growth over the past four years, which makes me more confident in the person I am today. The next step in life will change me in a different and perhaps more radical way than high school did and I know after those steps I will be reflecting once more.
WHO OR WHAT INSPIRES YOU: My artist friends inspire me. I’m blown away by my peers’ creativity and execution in their artwork, which motivates me to try new things and work harder in my art. The pandemic has made it harder to connect with people. I felt like I’ve been able to connect well with other student artists, and the creativity that moves between us every time we talk is incredibly fulfilling.