Rebecca Costigan, 17, is a Holly High School senior. She lives with parents Jamie and Kristina, and siblings, Lauren, 16 and Nathan, 14. Sister Natalie, 19, attends Grand Valley State University. Rebecca is also interested in skiing, camping, reading and music. She plans to attend Michigan Tech to study engineering.
In what ways do you feel that you’ve matured over the last year?
I have progressed a lot in the area of decisiveness. Throughout my childhood and teen years, I was very indecisive, but having to make important decisions about my future has helped me to be more confident and know what I want out of life.
Tell me three things you remember from kindergarten.
I remember eating in math. The constant supply of M&M’s and Fruit Loops is probably what got me so interested in what is now my favorite subject. I remember when we wrote stories and our teacher had to write what we meant to say underneath so that our parents could read our awful spelling. I remember meeting a girl on the playground and being too scared to talk to her for weeks. She eventually became one of my best friends.
Do you know what a rotary phone is?
Yes, I do, although I never knew it by name until recently. A rotary phone is a phone with a circular dial that you rotate back and forth to dial a person’s number. When I was a kid my siblings and I used to have a toy rotary phone, and we would pretend to call people on it.
If you had to give up your cell phone/internet for a weekend but were able to do anything, what would you choose?
If I had to spend a weekend without my phone, I would go camping. I love nature, and I love hiking and traveling.
What superhero power would you like to have?
I would love to have the power to teleport because I hate driving; it just seems like a major waste of time.
What do you love best about nature?
I love how nature is so pure, unaffected by humanity. It reminds me of how I try to be my own person without letting the actions of others affect who I am.
When your parents start a sentence with “When I was your age ...” what are you thinking?
I actually get pretty curious. My mom always says that I am a lot like she was when she was my age, so I like to listen to stories about her childhood.
What do you wish your school would teach that is not currently being taught?
Underwater basket weaving. One of my teachers used to make jokes about this, but I would love to try it.