Honors Siblings: Hannah and Chaz Kestly

February 17, 2017

What is it really like to attend college with one of your siblings? Do you see each other a lot, or hardly at all? Do you take classes together, participate in similar clubs, give each other advice? These were undoubtedly the type of questions that were running through siblings Hannah ‘16 and Chaz Kestly’s ’18 minds before Chaz joined Hannah at school in the fall of 2014. Admittedly, Hannah says that their time together at St. Norbert didn’t end up being how she had initially expected: “You would think that going to school on a small campus combined with the fact that we both lived in the same building of only 80 or so students, we would see each other quite a lot, but we actually didn't, just when we needed to or felt like it.” With Chaz starting off his college career in Bergstrom, the same building where his older sister was an RA, it’s a little surprising that the two didn’t see each other much. However, this ultimately proved refreshing for the siblings as they were both able to enjoy their independence from one another, while also having the other really just steps away. In part, this was thanks to the differences in the siblings’ schedules, both academic and extracurricular. While Chaz spends his time as a member of the accounting club and Honors council, as well as participating in various intramural sports, a few of Hannah’s involvements included the TRIPS program, SNC Times, SNC Pen Pals, and being the treasurer for SWEA during her junior year. Interestingly enough, Hannah is currently employed at the middle school where she volunteered with 

the TRIPS program during her senior year, St. Anthony School of Milwaukee, where she is the ELL (English Language Learner) teacher. It’s great to see that her involvement on campus has led to such a great opportunity beyond her time at SNC. Meanwhile, Chaz continues to make an influence in the St. Norbert community as president of the Student Honors Council. With his junior year coming to a close, it’ll be great to see what opportunities Chaz finds for himself as well. These two siblings serve as a great example for the way that brothers and sisters can remain close while also independently pursuing a degree. Whether it’s an older sister “push[ing you] to get more involved on campus in general and expand [your] comfort zone” like Hannah did for Chaz, or simply offering

a helping hand; attending college with a sibling has proven to be a recipe for success.

 

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