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A Virtual Cup of Coffee with Lindsey Van Hekken '20

A Virtual Cup of Coffee with Lindsey Van Hekken '20

You can only have one: Rose’s caramel corn, an ice cream cone from Jersey Junction, or a Yesterdog. Which do you choose?
That’s tough, but I’d have to say an ice cream cone from Jersey. You can’t beat the cake batter ice cream on a sugar cone!

What are your plans after graduation?
I will attend the Grand Valley State University Honors College. I’m thinking that I want to major in journalism, but I’m not 100% sure yet.

What have you learned in East that will enable you to be successful?
I’ve learned to have a competitive spirit in the best way possible. I’m surrounded by so many intelligent and talented individuals, and they all inspire me with their attitudes, hard work, and creativity.

What were you like in school?
I was a little bit quiet; however, in classes that I had a lot of friends in or just felt comfortable in I was much more energetic and talkative.

Did you have a favorite teacher or class?
I really loved AP Psych with Mrs. Miller and Journalism with Mrs. Michell!

If you had to choose one moment in one location to serve as the signature moment of your East school experience, what would it be?
I think it would have to be the bleachers at Memorial during the football games. I loved watching the game, the sunset, and my whole school come together which may sound cheesy but those nights made me really happy.

What do you know now that you wish you’d known when you were younger?
I wish I would’ve known that people really weren’t judging me as much as I thought they were. I used to feel like everyone was always looking at me and now I know that they really weren’t, but everyone kind of felt like that in some way.

Who from East do you think you’ll stay in touch with in the future?
I hope to stay in touch with a lot of my friends but I think that I’ll stay in touch with my friend Aneesa, because we’ve been friends since the second I moved to East in third grade.

What advice do you have for young East kids?
I think the best advice I can give is to just be confident in your choices and feelings. It’s easy to follow trends or feel peer pressure sometimes but as long as you stand by your decisions and trust your feelings and instincts, it’s much easier to be unapologetically yourself.

Bonus question: What are you glad we didn’t ask you about?
How much money I think I’ve spent on Starbucks over the past 4 years.

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