SJ Atha


Cum Laude

SJ, it’s been a privilege to work with you in multiple courses at King’s, from Shakespeare to Literary Devils. Your curiosity and intellect are impressive and will serve you well in whatever you do. Please keep in touch!

— Dr. Kelly Lehtonen


House of Susan B. Anthony

Notes for SJ

Congrats, you made it! It wasn’t easy, but you pushed through and persevered. Proud of you for finishing what you started!

SJ! What a pleasure it was to have you in class your last semester at King’s. Congrats!

SJ, you’re one of the few graduates who can say you’ve been through HEL — History of the English Language! It was a pleasure having you in class, and I wish all the best for your future.

Proud doesn’t even begin to capture how honored I am to have watched you grow and tackle the past four years. You have taught me what it truly means to be curious and a life-long learner and I cannot wait to see what comes next!!

SJ! I’m not gonna pour my heart out in front of all the people who are gonna look at your yearbook page but you already know I love you! Your kindness and love and the care that you have put into our friendship are things that I hope you feel in return. You are so loved. Everyone is better when they get to be friends with SJ 🥰

You’ve earned this! I’m insanely proud of you and I’m so so so glad you finally made it.

My beautiful, talented, REMARKABLE friend…LOOK AT YOU! You made it, despite all the ups and downs of the crazy little roller coaster that is college. Every one of your successes has just lit up my whole entire soul, and this accomplishment right here? Graduation? My gosh, it just has me through the STRATOSPHERE! I don’t know if you’ll ever realize how truly skilled, determined, and loved you are…but I hope you do, someday. You deserve to know. Cause my gosh, it is SO so much. Congrats on everything, and don’t forget to keep on being YOU! Cause you, my friend, are the best ever.

The earliest thing I could find about you on my phone was a note I made shortly after meeting you for the first time. We were in 8L (RIP), I was sitting on my desk, and you told me I looked like a bird perched perfectly on a branch. It was the most random and specific compliment I had ever been given. And I was like, I don’t know why I love SJ for saying that, but I do.

I have come to love you for many, many other things, of which these are a paltry few: your willingness to listen to people (whether inconsequential rambles or a heart-pouring-out need to be heard). Your gasps of excitement or shock anytime anything is, well, exciting or shocking to you. How you give so much to others with your time and your friendship. How you remember details about people and moments from books that struck you as beautiful and Tumblr posts that otherwise would have stayed in the depths of Internet oblivion, where they belong.

I hope you know how very much you mean to me and to so many others. I’m proud of you for how far you’ve come and grateful for our never-frequent-enough phone calls and coffee dates. The Supervisor of Penguin Underlings sends her love to the much-revered Frog Monarch.

SJ!!! My cheese friend!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! I am so proud of you and all the work you’ve done to get here. You deserve this so much and I am so excited to see what you do next because I know it’s going to be amazing!!!
Always remember… “It’s a dangerous business, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.”

you did it, Jax💛 i am so incredibly proud of you. you have gone through more than anyone couldve anticipated, and youve pushed through. i am so blessed to have you in my life! i love you so very much and i become even more proud by the day of the human you are and your ability to overcome all the hurdles that has been thrown your way.

SJ! Where to begin! I’ll never forget our awkward move-in-day elevator encounter at Hanover (may she rest in peace). I rather abruptly said you had a resting murder face… And you were gracious enough to laugh and consider the ice broken.

It has been a JOY watching you grow, thrive, and learn. I definitely wouldn’t have survived my Brand classes without you. Cheers to the next chapter!

Congratulations SJ!!!! I know it hasn’t always been the easiest journey, but you are so incredibly kind and strong, and I know you’ve been such a huge blessing to everyone who’s been able to call you a friend!! Every class (and chaotic trip!) I got to share with you was such a blessing, and I can’t wait to see the incredible things you’ll do post-grad!

Congratulations!! I am so proud of you and all of your growth over these past years. I am forever grateful for the first Instagram dm that started our friendship, and for you allowing me to continuously bother you ever since. I love you dearly and can’t wait to see what the future holds. The world is so much brighter with you in it, thank you for sharing your sunshine <3

SJ, You’ve made it! I’m so proud of you for pushing through and finishing strong. I look forward to seeing what you wind up doing with the medieval period! I know you’ve not seen the last of it. Soldier on!
Dr. B.

SJ! Congrats, my friend! I’m so glad to know you and so proud of you for making it to the finish line! Thanks for indulging my “Hadestown” obsession and singing along with me in the streets of Rome. Best of luck in your future endeavors!

My dear friend, I know that I’m adding to your page really late. This is mostly because I have been trying to think of how to say how proud I am of you and how honored I feel to have had the opportunity to watch you grow over the last few years. I never thought that the seemingly shy and quiet person I met in classes with Brand and Bleattler would become such a treasured and kind friend and such a precious part of my life. We’ve shared laughs, cries, pre-exam panics, international travels, and Gordon Ramsay lunches together and all of those moments are so very special to me.
I am so so proud of you. I’m proud of how you’ve persevered. I’m proud of how you’ve accepted yourself and given yourself room to grow and be. I’m proud of how brilliant you and how marvelously kind you are to everyone you meet.
In short, I love you and I’m thankful for you.

Congratulations, SJ!
My time with you in class–and in Italy–was a pleasure.
All best–JAK

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