Milton Hershey School Senior Shares What it Means to be a Lifer
Milton Hershey School has had more than 600 alumni enroll in pre-K, kindergarten, or first grade—or sometimes even earlier. At MHS, these students earn the distinction of being a “lifer” once they complete their 12 years of schooling and graduate. As we prepare to celebrate them at the school’s 89th Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, June 11, we asked several of this year’s 18 lifers what their time at MHS has meant to them.
What does it mean to be an MHS lifer to you?
Being a lifer means I gained the full MHS experience. Not many students get the chance to live in all three divisions, allowing me to grow many bonds with adults. To me, these relationships are a representation of my time at the school and what I am most excited to take with me after I graduate.
How has your time at MHS helped prepare you for life after graduation?
Naturally, being at MHS you connect with so many people. MHS has taught me to have an open personality and to connect with anyone I meet. Moving forward, I will have to network with my peers and colleagues in college and beyond. Because of my experiences at MHS, I have these skills to lean on as I continue to grow and gain even more relationships.
What are you most looking forward to after graduation?
I am looking forward to my journey in college. Living on campus and the many opportunities I’ve had at MHS has prepared me for college. Many MHS alumni have shared that it is an opportunity to create similar memories and bonds with friends who will turn to family, just as I have made here at MHS. College will be an extension of my time at the school and I am excited for this next adventure.
When you think about life after graduation from MHS, as a lifer, what comes to mind?
To put it simply, the first thought that comes to mind is that I made it. Being enrolled at the school for 12 years has not always been easy, but I know that my family’s sacrifices and the time MHS has invested into me has made my experience more than worth it. I am forever grateful for the time I’ve spent at the school and the important role it will continue to play in my life.