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Name: Olivia
Graduation Year: 2021
Middle School: San Francisco Friends School
Hometown/Neighborhood: West Portal
Athletics/Activities: Volleyball

Why did you choose to attend The Bay School?
I chose Bay because I knew that this was the only school that would support me in every aspect of my life. I am able to play sports, dance, and have a sense of community while in school. I also have a learning difference, so I knew that finding a school that would support me would be hard, but I knew that Bay would help me be a driven learner. Bay's community is like no other as they welcome everyone the instant they walk in the door.

What has been your favorite class taken at Bay?
I don’t have a favorite class because I have loved each class at different times of the year depending on what is being taught. I have appreciated my physics class because it gave me a new perspective on how to look at myself as a learner. I didn’t think much about physics, and the words “conceptual physics” scared me as an incoming freshman. After taking the course for three terms, I have realized that it is something I enjoyed. I love having that feeling when you work on a problem for a while, then you finally have that breakthrough moment, and you understand exactly how to solve the problem. I also like all the hands-on work and the collaborations that you get to do with your peers. I got to try something new with coding and robots that was very different but fun.

What is your favorite part of the Bay community?
I love the toast. I enjoyed the teams at Bay. Finding people who will be there for you can be a challenge, but I have realized at Bay it comes naturally. The feeling that you are a part of something greater than yourself is a satisfying feeling; I feel that feeling every time I am on the court, every time I am in the lunch line, and every time I am in the classroom.

What has been your most memorable experience at Bay?
I will never forget my first volleyball team. Those girls were the first people that welcomed me into Bay. I had people that would be there for me even before the school year started. Sophomores, Juniors, and new classmates worked together to do something we all loved to do. It didn’t matter how well you played, they were always there to make you laugh and create memories that will never be forgotten.
Looking back on your first year at Bay, what would you tell yourself on the first day of school?
I would tell myself to slow down. The year will go by so fast, and soon you will be a sophomore. I would say to myself that it is okay to have different friend groups, and it is okay to be unsure in freshman year. Also, you don’t need to figure everything out. Remember to take risks. Don’t forget to say “hi” to someone you don’t know on the first day of school.
What advice would you give to prospective students who are considering Bay?
Bay has given me so many opportunities to break out of my bubble that I had created walking into school on the first day. Bay is a fantastic school for me, and it may be for you too. Please remember that you will find a school that will be a great fit for you. Keep an open mind as you go through this high school process as things might surprise you.