Graduation Year: 2022
Middle School: Presidio MS
Hometown/Neighborhood: San Francisco - Richmond District
Athletics/Activities: Crossfit, Drama Production
Why did you choose to attend The Bay School?
Bay was the first open house I attended, and the words of Sue Porter, the former Dean of Students, really stuck with me. She shared three important things that really stuck with me and my family through the application process and beyond. She said to remember when applying to high school, first, listen to your parents; second, don't listen to your friends; and third the most important of all -- follow your gut. When I came back for my visit, I immediately felt welcomed here and like I belonged. I was able to feel integrated in a class I had just stepped into and had a blast. Ultimately, I think Sue's advice was monumental in how my family and I approached this daunting decision.
What has been your favorite class taken at Bay?
I never thought I would have the opportunity to take a class that combines both of my favorite subjects -- Biology and American History, but California Natural History did the impossible. I am beyond grateful that I could take this class, and I really enjoyed the opportunity to study in the field. This class taught me a ton of new ecological information, and allowed me to reinforce and build on what I had learned about the Ohlone. California Natural History definitely set a high bar for all future immersive classes, and I would highly recommend all 9th graders take it for their Winter Immersive.
What is your favorite part of the Bay community?
When I came to Bay, I immediately felt welcome. No matter what grade you are in, you are respected, and I feel this is something very special. Throughout the year, there are multiple team building activities as a part of the Bay Olympics that allow you to connect with other grades. Additionally, morning meeting gives you the opportunity to engage with the whole community.
What has been your most memorable experience at Bay?
Bay has so many distinguishing factors. In my first year, I have already experienced multiple moments that I would not have elsewhere. As a freshman, I already had the opportunity to visit a desert oasis for an immersive, directed a one act play, and traveled to Philadelphia for a Model United Nations conference. I want to speak to my immersive adventure because while my other experiences may have been a possibility at other schools, especially as an upperclassman, this one is something unique about Bay. My favorite part of my immersive trip to the Anza Borrego Desert was when we went to a desert oasis home to the native California Fan Palm. It was pouring rain, and we had to hike about a mile to reach the oasis. Not everyone was up to the hike, but for those of us who made it, the oasis was out of this world. It felt like I had been transported somewhere else. If it had not been for California Natural History, I would have never had this experience, or likely even traveled to Anza Borrego Desert State Park, and I am so grateful for the opportunity.
You have successfully completed your first year as a Bay student. Looking back at your year, what would you tell yourself on the first day of school?
You have made it to high school! Savor every moment as it all flies by so fast. Just proceed with a smile on your face, and show them who you truly are. Ahead are amazing opportunities filled with growth and learning.
What advice would you give to prospective students who are considering Bay?
Remember the words of Sue Porter and follow your gut; listen to your parents, not your friends. Also, choose every class you take very intentionally. The classes you take in 9th grade determine what you can take in the future more than may be obvious, so when making decisions I would recommend you look at the course catalog and see what opportunities you do or don't have based off of this decision. Once you get to this step of the process, if you have any questions please reach out to myself or any A-Team ambassador, as we are more than happy to help. Throughout this whole process, remember that we are not trying to make this stressful for you, and we are on your side. Everything will turn out great, and this is simply an opportunity to practice applying for college; every mistake you make is just an experience to learn. If you ever find yourself nervous or stressed just close your eyes and take a couple of deep breaths. We are rooting for you!