When did you come to GFS?
How many years have you been a student tour guide?
What is your favorite aspect of GFS and why?
The community and interactions between teachers and students. I know it sounds cheesy, but I really love getting to know teachers and developing relationships where I know I can ask anyone for help and they will gladly give it. The student dynamic is the same way; I know I can always call on my friends to talk about anything from picking out a prom dress to going through a stressful week with work and they will be there to listen, because I would do the same for any of them. As someone who came in fairly "late" (7th grade), I have an outside perspective, and every time I look around at the community established here, I'm more grateful that I am able to attend GFS.
What extracurricular activities or student groups do you participate in?
I'm a leader of Support for Positive Body Image and Tour guiding, an editor of Anno (yearbook), and a member of Cooking Club. I also dance extensively outside of school.
What has been your favorite GFS experience?
I know it's not academic or really school-y at all, but the middle school ski trips (especially the bus rides there and back) and 7th grade trip to Dorney Park (MAJOR bonding experience), are some of my favorite school memories. More recently, I was chosen to read at the Writer's Assembly, and, while it was one of the most intensely nerve-wracking and downright terrifying days of my life, I walked away feeling an incredible sense of accomplishment. Really, I love almost everything about GFS, from the little conversations with teachers in the hallways, to placing bets (very un-Quaker, sorry) on how long the Winter Assembly will go over, while secretly enjoying the whole thing, to singing my tone-deaf heart out to Jerusalem.
Parents often ask: "What makes GFS unique?" How would you answer that question?
The way in which we as students interact with teachers. The familiarity established by using first names is not to be underestimated, and, while it really threw me off at first, I have grown used to it and wouldn't want it any other way. It means a ton to me to be able to go to teachers as friends as well as mentors and be able to talk about an assignment, vent about my stress levels, and discuss summer plans all in the same conversation.