The last month and a half have been emotional and trying for all of us, but I continue to be inspired by the goodness in people and the genuine acts of kindness, large and small, that I see every day. It is in that spirit that I am sharing the “Celebrating the Seniors” blog series. My heart breaks for them as they navigate these uncharted waters, missing out on so many things they’ve looked forward to for the past four years. This small gesture of featuring them on my blog is the least I can do to bring some happiness their way.

Claire is our next featured senior. She and her family came to me last summer all the way from Germany! Her grandparents still live in Oconomowoc, where her dad grew up, and her parents wanted to give her the tradition of senior pictures, although this is not a tradition in Germany. Claire is currently attending Frankfurt International School. When I asked her what she thought when the quarantine was announced she said,

“I was quite disappointed because I had many upcoming events and trips that had to be cancelled or modified.”

She added, “Putting it into perspective, the quarantine is important in these unprecedented times to ensure everyone around the world stays safe and healthy.” Well said!

Claire gave some perspective about what life has been like in Europe since the breakout of Covid-19. She said they have been quarantined in Frankfurt for seven weeks now and they started to gradually reopen schools for a small number of students, only for juniors, and for seniors to take some of their exams. They are required to follow social distancing guidelines and wear a mask at virtually all times, when they’re not in school.

She has big dreams and I really enjoyed reading her answers to my questions. Follow along and I’m sure you’ll feel the same!

What do you like to do for fun? I like to bake. I love trying new recipes.

Senior girl in high school smiling at camera in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin

Post-graduation plans? After graduation I plan to attend UW-Madison for political science. My dream job is to be a Supreme Court justice.

Senior girl in high school at Bender Beach, Oconomowoc

What is your proudest moment? Giving a TEDx Youth talk. (So cool! Check it out here!)

What was your favorite memory in high school?  My favorite memory was winning a debate competition.

Senior girl in high school drinking coffee at Whelan's in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin
What have you learned about yourself during quarantine?
That I’m terrible at online school.

Senior girl in high school smiling at camera in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin

What is the first thing you’ll do after the quarantine is over? Hang out with my friends.

Senior girl in high school smiling at camera at Whelan's in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin

What do you consider a quarantine must-have? Netflix and family!

This or that:
Movies or TV? Movies
Chocolate or vanilla? Chocolate
Mountains or ocean? Ocean
Morning person or night owl? Morning
Summer or winter? Summer
Snapchat or Instagram? Snapchat
Cat or dog? Dog

Senior girl in high school smiling at camera in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin

You’re one of a kind with a future so bright, Claire! Show some love to her in the comments below to help her celebrate the rest of her senior year and after!

Julie Collins Photography is an Oconomowoc Senior Photographer located in beautiful Lake Country, WI who loves capturing true emotions and candid moments that help tell the story of the seniors she works with.
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