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KC Senior Spotlight: Julia Smeltzer

What college are you attending next year? 

University of Pittsburgh

What is your major?

Media and Communications

How did you decide on your major?

After being the editor for the yearbook, I really found my passion in digital media and editing designs.

What is the job you hope to have after college?

I am not sure yet, but maybe working for a magazine.

What were you involved with throughout high school?

The major things I was involved with at North Penn was Link Crew, Goodwill Ambassadors, Yearbook, and Knight Crier. With Yearbook and Knight Crier, I really found a new love and passion I didn’t know I had. With Link Crew and Goodwill Ambassadors, I found my leadership abilities and my passion to influence and help others.

What would you like to say to all the clubs and activities you have been involved in?

I would say thank you. Because if I decided to just lay low and not participate in anything I really would have regretted it. Yearbook and Knight Crier allowed me to really be myself and to get my work out there. They also made me feel a part of something really great. Knowing that years from now the book that I heavily influenced and made will be shared with my classmates and their children makes me feel really special. Same with Knight Crier, I can look back and read all the articles the staff has written and later on the road, future Knight Crier staff members will be looking at the legacy all of us left behind in that class, it’s pretty great.

What would you like to say to NPHS and NPSD now that we will no longer be returning to finish the year?

I wish I took more advantage of it. I really took everything for granted. Even if at times I didn’t appreciate it, they really were the best years. The connections I have made with teachers is unbreakable and I know the bonds I’ve made with certain teachers will last a lifetime.

What piece of advice would you give to underclassmen?

Be yourself. It sounds so cliche but I spent the first two years of high school, I think, being someone I wasn’t or trying to please everyone and do everything right, and I was miserable and I hated it. Senior year I decided to finally not care about others’ opinions and stop being so hard on myself, and I truly started to be myself with no apologies attached. So don’t waste your time being friends with someone only because they have a good social life you want to be a part of or because you may not have anyone else. High school is too short to not enjoy every second of it, so don’t take it for granted!!

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