Maddie Ritsema: Becoming the Best Version of Herself
Senior Maddie Ritsema has the determination to succeed and will be pursuing nursing at Monmouth University. “I chose nursing because I’ve always had a heart for helping others. I’ve had my own health issues, and nurses were always the ones to provide comfort and care. I want to share my love with others,” she said.
Maddie is a ‘lifer’, like 24 of her peers,which means that she has been at EC since elementary school. Maddie feels that, “EC has shaped me to be a thoughtful and loving Christian. I’ve had many teachers impact me, but Mrs.Troast has certainly impacted me the most. She’s been a good friend to talk to and share accomplishments and upsets with. I appreciate her care and attention towards me and my peers.” Similar to some of her classmates, Maddie’s favorite EC event is, “The senior picnic. I love dedicating a day to serving our community and having fun with our entire student body.”
Maddie has matured a lot since freshman year and feels that she has become a more positive person. “Freshman year I had a very negative outlook on life, and I didn’t care about anyone besides myself. I’ve learned to look at the bright side of things and show love to everyone I meet,” she said. And throughout her time in high school she feels that her, “Faith has been impacted throughout my four years. I’ve learned to love one another and my God in new ways. I’ve learned to appreciate the small blessings he provides everyday. I’ve learned to remain faithful even in times of fear.”
"I’ve learned to love one another and my God in new ways. I’ve learned to appreciate the small blessings he provides everyday. I’ve learned to remain faithful even in times of fear."
Maddie is, “Most thankful for the friendships I’ve made that will last a lifetime. I’m thankful I was able to share my faith in God while receiving an education.” And for her the top thing that she has learned is, “to always be the best version of myself, even when it’s hard. I’ve learned to never give up and to keep trying until you get it right.”
As her senior year comes to a close, Maddie reflects on her legacy saying, “I want to be remembered as someone who could brighten someone's day, make someone laugh, and be a good friend. I want to be remembered for the positive impact I had on those around me.”