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Students’ Perspective on Senior Synthesis 2018

Senior Synthesis is a course that is mandatory for all Seniors to take either their first semester or second semester. The class is taught by Ms.Riddle who loves watching her students grow every day in her class. Senior Synthesis is broken up in sections. Every student has to do four chapters plus other assignments which help pull the entire paper together at the end of the semester. The paper is an insight into the student’s life and is a written biography about the life-changing events and actions that happened. Senior Synthesis asks certain questions that help expand the thought process around a situation. Ms.Riddle’s goal is to help her students be more open to what has happened to them and understand they are not alone. Senior Synthesis is a course that is not provided by all schools. Senior Saints see it as a gift to be able to take this class. Two Seniors, Jace MacConnell and Brianna Bocca, were interviewed about what they thought about first-semester Senior Synthesis.

Jace MacConnell, RenWeb

Jace is mainly grateful for the opportunity for reflective writing about himself and who he truly is. To him, no other courses at Xavier provided this opportunity. His favorite assignment was Chapter One; the start of the synthesis paper where a student explains their formative experiences. A second gratitude is for the peer and mentor readers. Jace thought that having both a peer and a mentor would offer him two different views on his life. Jace feels he’s only been able to see his own point of view. It was a new feeling for others to give him insight about himself. He thought it was a fun class overall, and he enjoyed Ms.Riddle’s teaching ethics and was excited to have her for two years in a row. He also mentioned that being able to take this class first semester really helped with college applications; he felt he already wrote for the class what he needed to say for each school. The class management helped Jace reach his deadlines on time and taught him how to be organized which is exactly what is necessary to start the college application process. Jace was very happy with his experience in Senior Synthesis.

Brianna Bocca, RenWeb

Brianna Bocca walked away from this class knowing what made her closer to or what causes her to stray away from God. She is grateful for taking Senior Synthesis; it allowed her to evaluate her experiences and brought her closer to God. She is happy she wrote her Synthesis paper first semester because she knew she would be having a hard time keeping up knowing she is almost done with being a Senior in high school. Brianna felt Ms.Riddle really help her students to articulate themes that were present in their life experiences. This allowed Brianna to open up about her situations and form her entire synthesis paper. Her peer response showed her how much people truly care about another’s life experiences. The peer reader process helped Brianna feel closer to the people around her. She also realized, when she started her college applications, that she figured out how she really wanted to present herself to colleges. Overall, Brianna ended the semester with a closer relationship with God and new realizations with her stories.

Both of these students offer helpful insights to anyone starting second-semester Senior Synthesis. Jace and Brianna equally enjoyed this class and appreciated everything it had to offer. They are grateful for Ms.Riddle’s insight through their journeys. Jace and Brianna both recommended not putting off any assignments. In their combined opinion, it’s best to get assignments done throughout the week.

Ms.Riddle is a great person and teacher. She is open to anyone to come in and talk to especially if you are ever stressed. She loves her students and tries to understand everything they go through. Xavier offers many other amazing courses but Senior Synthesis is special to the soon to be graduates.

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I am currently a Senior and am on Varsity Cheer. I hope to attend a College in LA and major in anything that has to do with Art. I have a sister named...

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