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While most seniors have two or three more months to mentally prepare themselves before they go off to college, senior Jimmy Schatmeyer has less than a month before he trades in his school books for work boots.

Schatmeyer is committed to the United States Marine Corps (USMC) for four years of active duty; he leaves for boot camp on June 15. Boot camp is held at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton in San Diego, and it consists of 13 weeks of physical and mental training.

Schatmeyer decided to join the Marines in his sophomore year.

“Honestly [I decided to enlist] because I wanted to join something that was bigger…I figured that if no one else is going to do it, why don’t I do it?” Schatmeyer said. “I want to do something that really challenges me and makes me a better person, and I figured this is the best way.”

Within the Marines there are countless different jobs, and Schatmeyer discusses his goals and future within the USMC.

“I’m going to be a CM, which is a carpenter/contractor engineering type [job], so it’s in the engineering field. And then after two years I can switch my job if I really want to, so I’ll figure it out from there,” Schatmeyer said. “[After four years] I have to decide if I want to keep going, which I think I will, and then I just have to re-sign. I want to stay until at least Sergeant, and then see from there.”

In order to prepare for boot camp, many future Marines go to physical training (PT)  every Wednesday.

“It’s basically like a little workout that I do with my recruiter, and I run the workout that we do. It’s mainly circuit stuff and runs that we do; it’s fun,” Schatmeyer said.

Schatmeyer said that his parents are supportive of his decision, but that his father was harder to win over.

“At first, my mom was just supportive and my dad was really unsupportive, because he’s just never really liked that kind of stuff. I think my mom was more supportive just because my cousin on her side is also a Marine. But they are both really supportive now,” Schatmeyer said.

For Schatmeyer, nerves aren’t a problem–at least not yet.

“I’m really excited,” Schatmeyer said. “I think the night [I leave] I’ll probably be nervous, but for right now I’m really excited.”


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Senior Angela Campbell is enrolled to attend University of Missouri (Columbia) next school year. She enjoys the friendly vibe of the people there and the beautiful campus with the city of Columbia surrounding it. She explains that Mizzou offers her an on campus hospital which will be helpful to her, due to her plans of going into physical therapy.

“I got the Mark Twain nonresidential scholarship for living somewhere other than Missouri, and for having a high ACT score,” Campbell said.

She explains that there are dorms that are available for students that offer the option of rooming with other students who are taking the same classes and studying the same majors as each other. This is called FIGS which stands for freshman interest groups. She hopes to be involved with her major, health sciences and rushing a sorority in her college years.

Senior Joe Vath will be attending Carthage College in Kenosha Wisconsin where he has received a partial scholarship to play golf. His goal for golf is to become the best player on the team within the four years that he attends. He acknowledges that balancing academics with athletics will be a challenging task, but he is up for the challenge.

Vath explains the reason he chose Carthage and his love for the game of golf.

“I decided to play at Carthage because I wanted to continue to compete in the game I love…I have spent countless hours on my game to get where I am today, and I believe that my hard work will pay off in college,” Vath said.

Senior Austin Balinski will be attending University of Wisconsin in Madison next school year. Balinski feels that the school has a nice balance of what he was looking for in a school that he would be attending for four years.

“It has the nicest campus out of all the schools I visited, and has a great mix of highly ranked academics with good sports and a big social scene,” Balinski said.

He explains that he spent a great amount of time on the application for the University of Wisconsin Madison, which made getting accepted a big deal because it had always been his number one school. He will be majoring in chemical or nuclear engineering, which he was directly admitted into the school for.


According to Balinski, one of the biggest struggles for him will be leaving his friends and meeting new ones, since a lot of his friends will be attending other schools, although he says he is looking forward to meeting new people and making new friends.

“I’m nervous to find out how difficult the classes will be…I’m most excited about the football games and meeting new people,” Balinski said.