Lexi Barlas, a freshman, is an undeclared major currently, but is considering elementary education/special education or accounting, either with a minor theology.

“I’m from Arlington Heights, Illinois… born and raised. I live with my mom who is a special education teacher and my dad who is a dentist. I also have two sisters, one who is a college student pursuing a degree in chemical engineering, and a little sister. I also have a dachshund named Oscar. My parents have always encouraged me to pursue my dreams.

I went to a big high school, around 5,000 students. I enjoyed getting involved in sports, specifically cheerleading. We had team building activities and performed at homecoming. Prom and graduation were the most memorable experiences for me. I would love to cheer at Marian.

The small class sizes brought me to Marian. I want to be known. I toured 4 schools. Marian, from the get-go, sold it! My admission counselor (Megan) was great, she told me everything I needed. The tour was great, the guide knew what they were talking about. I had such a better experience with Marian compared to the other schools.

All my teachers want me to succeed at Marian; they don’t put students down. People are so nice here. Everyone says ‘hi’ to one another. One experience that stands out for me is me and my roommate ordered a pizza and two other students stopped over and we had an impromptu gathering.

I really like my theology class. I’m not catholic, but I’m really enjoying the opportunity to see things through other people’s eyes.

My advice to high school students is go where you feel comfortable. Think smaller school. Stay smaller, where you’re not a number. Classes here are collaborative. I think you should pick Marian. I would also tell other freshmen keep at it, say ‘hi’ to other people and start a conversation. Make new friends. People are nice here.”