Called LJCDS home since Tiny Torreys
University of Pennsylvania
Q: What is your proudest moment at LJCDS?
I’d say either getting into Cum Laude my junior year or winning the Foreign Language department award; however, I think my proudest moment at this school come May 27 [commencement] might change, but we’ll see.
Q: What is your fondest memory from Lower, Middle or Upper School?
Wow, there are way too many fond memories for me to just choose one, so I guess I’ll choose a memory from each. In Lower School, I liked when we used to do Valentine’s Day lunch exchanges and Secret Santa, as well as the Sacramento trip. The trip to Sacramento was really the first time I’d gone anywhere without my parents, and it was a great time.
For Middle School, I still remember the morning of the biography fair in sixth grade, and the excitement of seeing everyone dressed in such amazing costume. I laughed when I think about how I dressed up as Edith Cavell, an obscure nurse who actually made a huge difference.
And finally for Upper School, getting first place (before the final round) in the county mock trial competition my junior year. That was such an amazing feeling. Oh, and I also remember Shapeland, but adding any further detail is strictly prohibited in the Shulmania AP World handbook that describes the rules for Shapeland.
Q: How have your teachers inspired greatness in you?
That’s a very heavy question. I guess I’ll focus on one teacher in particular: Mr. Shulman. He’s been with me through AP World, AP Gov and Mock Trial, and I’ve found that he’s really helped me find my voice in a way. The first time I had him I was a very shy, silent little sophomore. Now, after three years of the “Shulmeister,” I feel that I’ve become much more comfortable in my own skin and with the idea of raising my voice. It’s very difficult to describe. I feel like in addition to Shulman, many of my other teachers have helped me discover and mold my identity of the course of my time at Country Day, and to me, that is a sign of greatness.
Q: What was lunch like in Lower School, Middle School and Upper School?
In Lower School, it rotated between a ham sandwich with mustard and a peanut butter sandwich sometimes with fluff. In the latter half of Middle School, I caught on to a much better alternative: eating leftovers. I’ve been mostly doing that ever since. Now that I can go off campus, however, sometimes I go out to get lunch.
Q: What are three personal items you cannot live without?
My computer, pen and paper, and a dictionary.