We continue to meet with Lutheran High alumni and ask them about their experience at Lutheran and some of the challenges and experiences they face in college. We recently spoke with Adam Forestier, Class of 2015. Adam played soccer for one year at Division II school Missouri University of Science and Technology.
1. What is your major?
Information Science and Technology
2. What academic year are you?
3. Where do you attend school?
Missouri University Science and Technology
4. How has Lutheran High helped you succeed in college academics?
Lutheran High School helped make me feel comfortable seeking out help from others whether it be professors or other students when I need it. Lutheran High School’s tight knit community helped me realize that it is okay to not understand something, and to be willing work with others to accomplish academic goals together.
5. How did Lutheran High help you succeed in college athletics?
Positive support and encouragement from former coaches and teammates was always appreciated.
6. Do you feel that Lutheran High prepared you for the academic and athletic workload in college?
Lutheran High School staff, especially coaches such as soccer coach David Isham, and former basketball head coach Steve Allen helped me realize I could accomplish great things if I was willing to put forth the hard work necessary to accomplish them.
7. What was the biggest challenge in the transition from high school to college?
Time management by far. It was a challenge at first managing to perform well in classes, on the athletic field, and maintain a healthy amount of sleep with athletics beginning very early in the morning and having training, team functions, lifting, constant travel, and recovery sessions on top of the normal class load.
8. Outside of college, are you involved in any internships or activities? If so, please explain.
In the summer of 2017, I worked for KPMG in IT Asset Management. I currently work for Missouri S&T Center for ERP as a Research Assistant. And this summer I will either be a data scientist, software engineer/developer, or Enterprise Systems Security Analyst for Boeing in Seattle, Washington.
9. Did Lutheran High prepare you spiritually for the challenges in college?
Yes, I am committed to be a follower of the Lord for the remainder of my life. Upper level religion classes at Lutheran helped me affirm my faith in Christ through providing evidence to students of both Christ’s existence and Creationism.
10. If you could give a brief testimony about Lutheran, what would you say?
I believe that one of Lutheran High School’s best upsides is that there is a strong “no man gets left behind,” mentality that is fostered from good instructors and coaches alike. There is little classism and upper classmen treat freshman as equals. Some of my best friends to this day were seniors and juniors my freshman year that took me under their wing both on the field and in the classroom. I believe this is an experience not found as often in other high schools.
Over Christmas break we interviewed Lutheran Alumni Seton Tournoux. Seton graduated from Lutheran High in 2017. She attends Upper Iowa University. Seton is a member of Upper Iowa's Volleyball team. Upper Iowa is a Division II school competing in an intense athletic conference.
1. How has Lutheran High helped you succeed in college academics?
Lutheran High gave me a strong basis for my college education. Lutheran prepared me as a well-rounded student/individual to succeed in my college classes. I help my college friends and others students on a day to day basis with Word, statistics, writing, PowerPoint, and etc. Lutheran High could not have prepared me more for college and I am doing fantastic in my classes!
2. How has Lutheran High helped you succeed in college athletics?
I play volleyball in the best Division II conference in the nation and I can definitely say the Lutheran high volleyball program helped me become the player I am today. Coach Katie McCulley is excellent, and had helped me grow mentally, physically, and in skill with my four years in the program. I highly recommend Lutheran High’s athletics, there is a very competitive standard set, and the coaches have numerous collegiate backgrounds, hands on experience, and skill to help the student/athlete thrive at the collegiate level. I did play club volleyball and I can say that was the main molder of the way I play today, but Lutheran definitely is a great school to attend if you wish to play at the collegiate level.
3. Do you feel that Lutheran High prepared you for the academic and athletic workload in college?
Yes! I am balancing my classes and volleyball easily. Lutheran’s homework load and preparation makes college almost easier than my high school years. I did play club which took away most of my time but I was able to balance academics/ and travel volleyball to succeed on the court and in the classroom.
4. What has been the biggest challenge in the transition from high school to college?
Time management is the biggest challenge for me because in college I have more time to relax hang with friends, so finding the fine line between classes and practice where I can apply myself fully on homework can be a challenge.
5. Have you received ample amount of playing time as a freshman on your team?
I have played in a few matches but not often. The program I am with is phenomenal and three older girls were in my position. But, when I did play I excelled and played to best of my ability. The “pressure” on the collegiate Division II volleyball floor compares to the way Coach McCulley runs practices/games.
6. Did Lutheran High prepare you spiritually for the challenges in college?
Yes, very much so. I am a very strong Christian and I was involved in spiritual life and leadership committee for three years at Lutheran. In college, you face many different choices. I attend a non-Christian school so I am in an environment totally different than Lutheran. But, my faith has grown even more. Mr. K’s religion classes prepares you for the different viewpoints, and questions the world throws at you. I strongly believe Lutheran and Mr. K has 110% prepared me for witnessing about my faith. I am a leader in Chi Alpha a Christian group on campus and without my background knowledge and leadership roles it would be harder to follow the Lord's path. I firmly am so so thankful for the way Lutheran prepared me to be a strong Christian leader on my campus. It is amazing to see the way the Lord has guided me for my career and life.
7. If you could give a brief testimony about Lutheran, what would you say?
Lutheran high is a great high school to prepare your son/daughter spiritually, academically, and athletically. Lutheran gave me a strong basis for my college education and prepared me as a well-rounded student/individual to succeed in my college classes. I help my friends and others students on a day to day basis with Word, statistics, writing, PowerPoint, and etc. Lutheran High could not have prepared me more for college and I am doing fantastic in my classes. Spiritually I came out of Lutheran extremely strong, and ready to face the world's ideas, different religions, and different opinions. I stand firm in my faith and without LuHi's preparation the trials at a non-Christian school would have been tougher. I highly recommend Lutheran high’s athletics, there is a very competitive standard set, and the coaches have numerous collegiate backgrounds, hands on experience, and skill to help the student/athlete to thrive at the collegiate level.