Senior Retrospective: Delaney Fischer

A senior retrospective in three parts.



So many people here have complained about their roommates or housemates at one point or another during their time at Vassar. Fortunately, I am not one of these people. I lucked out big time and am so thankful I have been able to live with amazing people who have shaped my experience here for the best. For my first three years here, I was able to live with one of my very best friends. Comically, Ariel and I requested to be roommates before we even met each other. We made a leap of faith. It made sense for us to live together—we were both interested in neuroscience and both going to be playing sports. But us living together was so much more than the logistics. From the day we decided to live together, I knew I had found someone who would be more than just a roommate to me. She became someone I could turn to at all moments in my life. This girl has been through thick and thin with me. She’s supported me even before our first day here. And I could ramble on and on about all our memories together, but it wouldn’t do justice in explaining how much she means to me and how much she’s shaped my experience here at Vassar. Ariel, I hope you know just how amazing you are and how much of a positive influence you are, and will continue to be, in my life. As happy as I am not to live in Noyes anymore, I would do it all over with you again in a heartbeat. Now of course, I can’t forget the lovely ladies of TA 8. Jen, Akaina, Madison—I am going to miss living with you three so much. The amount of joy and laughter present in this house is unbelievable at times. Often, you will hear complaints that people don’t see or talk to their housemates for days, but that is definitely not the case in this house.

From our Monday night Rupaul sessions to yoga bonding to basically anytime we spend time together, there is no doubt the best times of my senior year involve you three. Jen, I really don’t know what I would do without you. You are my voice of reason. The one I can count on. I hope you know how much I appreciate everything you have done for me. Your kindness and generosity doesn’t go unnoticed. I am going to miss seeing you every single day and learning about life from you. Akaina, you have such a kindhearted and honest soul. You never fail to amaze me with everything you do – from the Night Owls to writing plays to just listening to you talk about life and philosophy. You are one incredibly impressive lady. Madison, you never fail to make me laugh. You are so talented in so many ways. I don’t know how you wrote two theses this semester – probably with some serious help from Diet Coke. I am going to miss you and Akaina serenading this house with Fall Out Boy songs.

You all mean so much to me and I know, even with us all being a bit scattered postgrad, this is not goodbye. This is see you all soon. Very, very soon. Don’t worry though; I’ll bring the lemonade. And to my future roommates, Kenta and Will —you guys, this is it. NYC here we come!! I am so excited for us to start the next

chapter of our lives together. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for us. I’m sure it is going to be amazing. You know, it has been said that you should surround yourself with people who push you, who challenge you. Make you laugh. Make you better. Make you happy. Thank you all so much, for everything.


When I blindly asked Professor Cleaveland to be my advisor, his kindness and dedication to his students was obvious, but what I didn’t realize I was making one of the best decisions of my academic adventure here at Vassar. Always full of support and advice, Professor Cleaveland probably doesn’t realize how much he has helped me through some of my toughest times here. When I needed help sorting through knee injuries, academic pursuits, and just life in general, I had an advisor that was always there. What more can you really ask for in an advisor? Most importantly, he believed in me.  Through everything that has happened in the last four years, Professor Cleaveland was always there for me. Sometimes, all you really need is someone to tell you they know you are going to do great things. That you have what it takes to be successful in the field you are pursing. Through all the self-doubt and doubt of others, his voice was clear, and his voice was right. Professor Cleaveland, thank you so much for everything you’ve done for me these past years.


Besides the amazing people I’ve been fortunate enough to live (and will live) with and having a super supportive advisor, there are so many other remarkable people I have been influenced by and so many unforgettable experiences I’ve been apart of here at

Vassar. And while I don’t have the space to list them all here, there are a few things this reflection needs.

Chris Gonzalez. Cause this piece would not be complete without him. Honestly, what would I do without you? Thank you so much for putting up with me; I don’t know how you do it.  Alma Pietri. You are one of those people that brighten up a room when you walk in. You have brought so much light into my life. Thank you to the ladies of campus activities for being so caring and supportive of me—seriously, if you’re looking for an on-campus job, that’s where you want to work. Thank you to the Misc staff for supporting my pieces. Thank you to all of my professors and research mentors—especially Kate Susman, N. Jay Bean, and Stuart Belli. There are so many people and experiences that haven’t been mentioned here, and thinking about it all is it a bit overwhelming. I am so thankful to be apart of Vassar College class of 2015. Thank you to everyone who has helped me along the way. Hey mom, I made it!

—Delaney Fischer is a neuroscience major. She was a columnist for The Miscellany News and will be working at Weill-Cornell postgrad.

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