Meet Emma Waldvogel!
Em’s first day of TPS found her half an hour late to class, talking frantically with Tech Support because she couldn’t find the “Join Meeting” button on StudyPlace. The problem eventually proved to be Em had never set up a student account for herself—and no, she was not supposed to know the family account login credentials. Five years after that initial awkward stumble, Em is a TPS veteran, having embraced the pajama uniforms, slugged through hours of classes, battled essays and tests and procrastination, and participated enthusiastically on the Forums, in TPSer-run concerts, and with clay. She has fifteen classes under her belt and loved every single one of her teachers, but two who definitely deserve shoutouts are Mrs. K, who instilled in Em her love of math, and Ms. Wood, whose passion for literature and clever wit have convinced Em English classes don’t have to be so bad after all. Em is excited to end her chapter at TPS with a bang at Summer Camp—and finally get to meet all the amazing people who’ve stuck with her over the years. For college, she’ll be attending the University at Buffalo and majoring in mathematics (thanks Mrs. K) while possibly branching into engineering. If you happen to come to camp and meet Em in real life, you’ll discover she is an avid ESTJ, a die-hard Star Wars fan, and an enthusiastic singer–most likely you’ll be telling her to shut up before the week is over. She is an author-and-photographer-wannabe and pretends she knows how to play guitar. She also has garnered a reputation of being sassy and has a flair for the dramatic, but if you keep her supplied with Starbucks or gummy bears she will follow you anywhere.
Favorite Bible verse:
Habakkuk 3:17-19: “Though the fig tree may not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines; though the labor of the olive may fail, and the fields yield no food; though the flock may be cut off from the fold, and there be no herd in the stalls–yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation. The Lord God is my strength; He will make my feet like deer’s feet, and He will make me walk on my high hills.” Em has had an incredibly hard year, and these verses remind her that even when her world and all her plans fall apart, she can still find her strength in the Lord and He can still put her on the high hills.
Advice to the younglings of TPS:
1. START THE COLLEGE PROCESS EARLY. Pick out your schools and visit them during your junior year. Take all the standardized tests sooner rather than later. Start applying to colleges the summer before your senior year–don’t wait till the week they’re due. Trust me, doing so will save you a lot of blood, sweat, and tears. (Literally.)
2. Don’t let anyone tell you your online friends aren’t real. I have met my best friends through TPS and I could always count on them to have my back when I needed someone. People might say you can’t really know someone you never met or online friends don’t care about you, but it isn’t true. Your TPS friends are very precious. Always remember that.