What do you think is special about going to an all-girls school like Ellis?
I think I’m more mature and confident in myself because I go to Ellis. I’ve never been told I couldn’t do something because I was a girl. I remember in preschool my friend and I wanted to play with dinosaurs, but these boys came and took them from us and moved them to the other side of the room. I approached them and asked for the dinosaurs back, and the boy said ‘no, girls can’t play with dinosaurs.’ So I stole one and then told the teacher what happened. That would never happen at Ellis, nobody here has ever told a girl she can’t do something. Here, we can do anything.
If you had to write a graduation speech about what has been meaningful about your Ellis experience, what would you choose to write about?
My friends. As a lifer, I know and see my classmates as often as my own family. They know my habits, I know theirs. They’re part of my family. I’m going to miss them, and I know making new friends will be hard because everybody here has accepted me. Which is probably something I take for granted, so I’m trying to enjoy it while it lasts. Friend groups are a hard thing to change, especially when your current friends have been with you every step of the way. Leaving the nest is scary, but we’re all ready to fly. I know we can always fall back on each other, but every one of us is about to take a big leap.
What are you involved with outside of Ellis?
I’m very involved in Japanese Tea Ceremony practice and preparation. My neighbor is a tea master, so I asked her between the summer of eighth and ninth grade to teach me and I’ve been learning from her ever since. The Japanese Tea Ceremony was brought over as a form of meditation and it’s very peaceful. The point of the practice is to appreciate, reflect, and enjoy the moment you’re in while having a bowl of tea. I go to my neighbor’s house twice a month for ceremonies and I’m running a mini-course on it for my senior project.
What is your favorite Ellis tradition?
Ice cream on Fridays in Lower School, the Olympiad in Middle School, and Color Wars in Upper School.
Fill in the blank: “I will always remember…”
When my advisor let me build the Millennium Falcon out of LEGO’s in sixth grade. It was last period and we were supposed to meet with our advisors, but I had gotten the Millenium Falcon set for my birthday and my teacher let me build it with my friends!
If you had to thank your parents for this whole Ellis experience, what would you say?
I have met people who don’t understand all the sacrifices their parents make to support them, but I realize that everything I get to do is because of them. I couldn’t ask for anything more because I think Ellis is the best thing they could have ever given to me. They work hard to send me here— and they sent me here because they knew this was going to be my best shot and the best school for me. And it has been. I would just say thank you for this whole experience.
How would you describe yourself in three words?
Outgoing. Confident. Passionate.
What is the last book you read?
Hunter X Hunter by Yoshihiro Togashi
What is your most listened to song or artist on your morning commute this year?
If you could travel anywhere, where would you go and why?
The entire world because I want to see everything.