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Lake, Study, Skate, Repeat: Meskan ’24 Reflects on First Year at HWS

John Meskan '24
John Meskan ’24

Rising sophomore John Meskan ’24 reflects back on his first year at HWS. Last year, we profiled Meskan before he arrived on campus. Read more here.

What is the biggest difference between being a high school student and a college student?

The biggest difference for me was the emphasis on exams. Although this can be stressful, it is possible to manage both the work and the pressure. I did this by creating my own schedules. In high school, a schedule was imposed on me, and in college, I learned to enjoy making my own and sticking to it.

Best part of dorm life?

I lived in Sherrill Hall and I loved having my friends close by to pop in on.

Favorite class?

My First-Year Seminar (FSEM) was “Genocide in the Modern Age” taught by Professor Richard Salter. It was a unique experience as it allowed me to get to know my advisor and provided a good foundation to succeed at HWS. Professor Salter focused on each of us as individuals, which made his advising process more personal.

Who do you go to for advice on campus?

One person who I have especially connected with is VP and Dean of Admissions John Young. I felt that I could talk to him about anything, which helped me be more confident through my first year of college. It’s important to find someone like this on campus.

Favorite spot?

I loved to go down by the lake around sunset to skateboard through Seneca Lake State Park. Doing this with friends was always a highlight of my week.

What’s something new you’ve tried?

I am in the Centennial Center Cohort and going to events and meetings allowed me to pursue leadership interests outside of the classroom. I look forward to continuing this through the HWS LEADS certificate program. I also look forward to playing club hockey next year.

What have you learned about yourself this year?

Overall, I gained confidence and learned to trust my instincts.