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作为第一代大学生, senior Claire Webster was looking for a school where she could continue to be a leader on campus while also staying true to herself.

在找大学的初期, 韦伯斯特申请了大约10所学校, but was drawn toward the Jesuit mission that schools like Rockhurst, St. 路易大学(Louis University)和里吉斯大学(Regis University)都有.

“Learning about the commitment to service and the emphasis on community attracted me to them,韦伯斯特说:. “They were all Jesuit schools which is funny because I went to public school, and I didn’t even really know what Jesuit was.”

Webster ended up choosing Rockhurst because she felt like staff and faculty were already invested in her, even before she stepped on campus as a student.

“I remember meeting with someone at one of those St. Louis admission days and they had remembered my college essay and brought it up very specifically,韦伯斯特说:. “They were very engaged in my overall well-being beyond the classroom.”

到达校园安顿下来后, 她加入了正义之声, 希腊的生活, 学生参议院, 校园事工和大使. Webster enjoys the fact that being a part of these organizations allows her to channel her different interests.

”声音, I can totally just geek out with like-minded people about social justice things, but with ambassadors I’m able to have that social aspect of showing prospective students the place that I call home and the place I love a lot. 希腊的生活, I can have random dance parties and they’re my support system when I have a hard time,韦伯斯特说:.

Webster was able to find influences on campus that helped and encouraged her along the way.

“I think everyone is really looking out for me,韦伯斯特说:. “I had a lot of upperclassmen that I quickly became friends with and I feel really lucky for that. 我能学到他们的一些智慧, 还有他们的友谊, and that showed that there is no definitive lines or borders that you can’t cross to be friends here.”

The desire to be a leader combined with the strong community at Rockhurst led Webster to run for, 并被选为, 学生参议院议长.

“I’m excited that we are active on our campus, 365滚球APP能够完成一些事情, that students view us as their representative body, and faculty and staff look to us for guidance,韦伯斯特说:. “365滚球APP精力充沛, so I think good things are going to happen if we keep listening and seeing each other.”

担任这一年的角色, Webster has big plans to bring the campus community even closer by making sure each student knows that they belong here.

“I’ve adopted the climate survey tagline of ‘building a home for all’. I think that’s something that we really do want to focus on,韦伯斯特说:. “We want to make sure that once students are on our campus they’re feeling welcomed and celebrated and also that this is a place where they can fully and authentically belong, 而不是仅仅适应.”

As 学生参议院议长, Webster has also set personal goals for herself. She wants to make sure that she is as open and available as she can be for others, and wants to take the chance to fully hear and see them.

“I want to make sure I’m living up to the ‘for and with others’ statement,韦伯斯特说:.

The idea that everyone belongs on campus and that each student can, ,是, encouraged to authentically be themselves stems from Webster’s own reflection process that she went through within the past year.

“Something I’m working on this year is being unapologetic about being queer,韦伯斯特说:. “I just figured out that I kind of got to this point in my life on autopilot. To really step back and reflect and process why I am who I am, and then realizing that there are parts of me that I hadn’t realized yet is one of the coolest things I’ve ever done.”

She believes that the skills she has learned while at Rockhurst really helped her in the reflection process and understanding that she is becoming who she is supposed to be.

“I think having that higher level of critical thinking that Rockhurst has taught me definitely helped along with the need to continuously question things and understand why, 权衡好与坏, and realizing that sometimes the things the world says are bad actually aren’t,韦伯斯特说:.

Feeling that community and closeness at Rockhurst helped her become more comfortable sharing her authentic self.

“我想要分享这些,并保持开放的心态. Rockhurst encourages me and makes me feel valued and that this is, 没有错误, becoming who I’m supposed to be for a reason,韦伯斯特说:.

Webster wants to be someone that others going through a similar reflection process can look to.

“I’m learning that representation matters a lot, 在我的生命中, I haven’t had a ton of people that I could look to. If I could be that person that other people look to, I think that would be cool,韦伯斯特说:.

In being someone that she hopes others can look to, Webster adds that it is important to continue learning about yourself.

“Don’t invalidate your feelings, and keep learning about yourself. 我认为每个人都应该. Investing in yourself is one of the greatest things you can do. Learn about yourself, love yourself,韦伯斯特说:.