Life After High School: Christina Maria Dressel


Who: Christina Maria Dressel

What year did you graduate?
I graduated in May 2013.

Where are you living now?
I currently live in Hillsdale, Michigan attending Hillsdale College.

What do you enjoy doing?
My favorite thing in college is connecting with people and staying up late to talk to them. I love my studies and invest a lot of time trying to get the most out of my education. I am also very much involved with my sorority, Chi Omega, working to help the community as well as build social relationships on campus.

What did you do in high school?
I played softball for San Mateo and was the Opinion Editor for the Hi.

What are you doing now?
I am currently pursuing a Spanish major as well as either a Politics, Economics, or Marketing major at Hillsdale College. I also play club volleyball and am an active member of the Chi Omega sorority, but I spend the majority of my time studying and talking to people.

What surprised you about life after high school?
I was surprised by the amount of love and care people have to give, and how much more willing people are to share their life stories with you. I don’t think this is necessarily absent in high school, but I think people in high school are a lot more preoccupied with surface issues that can distract from what’s really important. In college, people have a lot of time to reflect and think and amazing things come out of that.

Any words of wisdom for current Bearcats?
There is so much to learn from those around you and from every experience. High school can seem really silly, superficial, and not very fulfilling, at least it did for me. But I think I would have gotten a lot more out of it if I had put more work into caring about other people and also my studies. I think one of the most valuable things I’ve learned in college is that you get out of stuff whatever you put into it. Same goes for relationships and schoolwork. If you truly apply yourself to things, the reward you get out of them can really surprise you.


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