How many years have you been a student tour guide?
What is your favorite thing about GFS and why?
I love the culture of support at GFS. Everyone is challenging themselves in new ways and they are supported in doing so by all those around them.
What extracurricular activities or student groups do you participate in?
In school, I am part of the Model UN club, have participated in theater productions when I have the time and I have also written a couple articles for the school newspaper, Earthquake. I also rowed four seasons of GFS Crew. Outside of school, I am a volunteer at both the Academy of Natural Sciences and the Philadelphia Zoo.
What has been your favorite GFS experience? What made it so special?
Probably my favorite GFS experience was the 9th grade musical, which was Once Upon A Mattress my year. It was crazy but it was a ton of fun. Also one of my favorite day-to-day experiences is just being able to sit outside catching up with friends during the fall and spring months during my lunches.
Parents often ask: "What makes GFS unique?" How would you answer that question?
Love. GFS is by no means perfect and it has many issues but there is truly a culture of love. Like a family there are fights, there's drama, and there are problems that need to be solved but at the end of the day I wouldn't give it up for anything. I considered switching schools in ninth grade but I honestly couldn't bear to leave: I would miss it too much. It is also not an exaggeration to say that the academics and teachers are amazing and that every day is a new challenge that will push you beyond what you know.