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Name: Alyson
Graduation Year: 2021
Middle School: Katherine Delmar Burke School
Hometown/Neighborhood: Richmond District, San Francisco
Athletics/Activities: Drama Production


Why did you choose to attend The Bay School?
I chose Bay because I looked for a high school that I could see myself in. When I toured high schools, there was no school that made me feel more welcome and real. I was very excited to meet new friends not only in my grade, but in the grades above me-- and I have through theater, girls golf in freshman year, and the Mandarin classes I've taken.
What has been your favorite class taken at Bay?
My favorite class at Bay so far has either been Mandarin or Humanities. I placed into Mandarin 3 as a freshman, which is typically a junior-level class. When I started, I was apprehensive because I only knew one other student in the class, and I knew that most of the other students would be sophomores and juniors. But contrary to what I thought, they were all so warm and welcoming, and made me feel like a part of the class from the very first day. I've become good friends with many of my upperclassman classmates. Another one of my favorite classes was S1 (Semester 1) of Humanities 2 in sophomore year. My teacher would always open up the floor for us to ask any questions (judgement free), and I feel like that kept me interested in the class and excited to come to his class every day.
What is your favorite part of the Bay community?
I love the teachers at Bay. After finishing Humanities 2A in the first semester of sophomore year, I had become good friends with my teacher, and would often go to him for advice during hard times when my advisor was unavailable. When I was applying to Bay, I asked my host what makes Bay special (always a fun question, btw) and she said "I just feel like all of the teachers are masters of their fields. They're incredibly qualified for these jobs and they love what they do, and that's why they're here", and I've never forgotten that.
What has been your most memorable experience at Bay?
In my midterm conference in freshman year, which is the only time that you will get to speak with all of your teachers at the same time, Dr. Piccioni told me that I should “embrace being a know-it-all because everyone in your classes, especially the juniors, will admire and respect it.” This completely changed my view and helped me improve in my classes so much.
You now have two years of Bay under your belt, what is the one thing you have learned most about yourself? How has Bay helped you discover that?
I learned to stop thinking about what others think of me. Cliché, I know, but I've learned that life (and high school) is too short to worry about other people's opinions of me. Four years seems like a long time, but in reality it'll pass right before your eyes. In high school you'll learn who you are, what you like, what you don't like, and how that will impact your own worldview. And maybe you'll learn some math, science, and history while you're at it. You won't be the same person after your first, second, third, and especially after four years of high school. I found my niche in theater and the group of people that I look forward to spending hours with every day, and you will too! Try new things and be yourself :)
What advice would you give to prospective students who are considering Bay?
Look for the school that is the best for you. It may be Bay or it may not be Bay, and that's all perfectly fine. With every high school you visit, try to imagine yourself walking in the halls, putting books in lockers, eating lunch in the cafeterias, talking to teachers after class, and studying in the libraries. If it feels right, you'll know. And if it doesn't, then keep looking. Nothing is final, and everyone is here to help you. You don't have to worry about what looks better on paper. The main priority is to help you choose the best fit for you.