High School to College Transition

MASON DENNIS, FRESHMAN 

ROSEMENT COLLEGE

 

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1.  Describe your transition from high school to college?  What were your challenges? How did you overcome them?

 

MASON DENNIS

My transition from high school to college was a different change from my life prior to attending Rosemont.  For the first time I was on my own, my sleep schedule, time management, and eating habits all changed. I overcame these initial challenges by going to sleep a little earlier, making a calendar, and asking my trainers for a meal plan.

 

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2.  Why did you choose Rosemont?

 

MASON DENNIS

I chose Rosemont because I was recruited by Coach Baker and Shapiro, and they made me feel at home on campus.  Since the school is a small campus, it makes one feel comfortable and safe.

 

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3.  What activities were you involved in at Frankford?

MASON DENNIS

I was a soccer, basketball, and lacrosse player. I was also the President of  PGC ( Peer Group Connection).

 

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4.  Who motivated you at Frankford?

 

MASON DENNIS

At Frankford everybody motivated me, It was like a family there.  The administrators and students were all very positive towards me. Key role models were Mrs. Namnun, Mrs. Armstrong and my Lacrosse Coach Mr. Kennedy.

 

 

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5.  What are your career aspirations?  What inspired you to pursue this career?  (Could you explain first why you initially chose a math major, and now you’re interested in pursuing communications?)

 

MASON DENNIS

I’m currently a Mathematics Education Major, but I want to switch to communications I have been stressed and feeling overwhelmed with my first choice.. After talking to communication majors past and present, I personally think it would be a natural fit for me. My career aspirations are to be a radio host or maybe even an anchor.

 

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6.  How can the alumni association appeal to recent grads?  What would you like to see on the website?

 

MASON DENNIS

I would love to see what the alumni are up too and to see who came from Frankford and walked the halls which I to walked.

 

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I’m so glad to hear that.  Quarterly we profile alumni as recent as 2017 and as far back as the 1940s.

 

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7.  What is a Peer Leader?  Describe your experience as a Peer Leader?

 

MASON DENNIS

Peer Leadership was a part of my life at Frankford that made me who I am today. It was an opportunity for me to meet people who are next to leave a legacy at Frankford. You have to be selected to be a peer leader.  We met as a class and once a week, we would help freshmen adjust to being in a high school environment; and basically be a role model/ big brother or sister.

 

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8.  What was your most important lessons learned at Frankford?

MASON DENNIS

I learned a lot from Frankford it hard to put everything into words.

 

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9.  How did Frankford prepare you for your next stage?

 

MASON DENNIS

Frankford taught me how I can be independent and still be a part of clubs which made me my own person.

 

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10.  How has lacrosse, soccer and basketball build you as a young adult?

 

MASON DENNIS

They taught me communication skills; how to work on a team; and time management.

 

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11.  If you could place three memories in a time capsule that you could open in 20 years, what would they be?  (They can be from your childhood or Frankford years)

 

MASON DENNIS

I would place the day I got recruited to play lacrosse at my high school. It was during a junior varsity basketball game and I had just blocked an opponent's layup off the backboard and  slid on the floor.  

 

Mr. Kennedy was standing over me and all he said was “come talk to me on Monday.”  All we talked about was me coming to play lacrosse after basketball season.

The second memory would be the day I met my nephew in the hospital after he was born. He recently just turned three and he is one of my favorite people ever.

 

And my last memory would be a picture of my college self. I would choose that because I would like to reflect on the man I once was, and to see how much I have grown and matured.

 

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12.  What do you like the most about Rosemont?  Do you live on campus? If you reside on campus, what was the biggest adjustment you had to make?

 

MASON DENNIS

I like the small size of the campus the most…it's like an extended family. The biggest adjustment was really only getting used to hearing people walk in the hallway while I slept.

 

I’m a very cautious person and it felt as though someone would walk into my room even though there are locks. Having a roommate wasn’t much of a difference than sharing a room with my brother.

 

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13.  What’s your typical day like?

 

MASON DENNIS

I wake up, go to classes, eat, go to practice, and do my homework.

 

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14.  What advice would you give the Class of 2019?

 

MASON DENNIS

Please do not slack your senior year, it will ruin your motivation for school work. Once you lose that, you’re behind the ball in college/trade school—where you’re paying for your education. 

 

Do not play with your money.  If you’re smart at managing your money as a high school senior, you’ll feel accomplished once you grab that degree/certificate you worked so hard to get.

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Great advice, Mason!