Arianna | Grade 11
Arianna | Grade 11

My favorite part of the day is running into my friends in the hallway and hearing about something that happened in their previous class. For me, any day in the Flood Mansion is full of learning things that I never knew.

  • Subjects
    English & Chemistry
  • Space
    Williams Library
  • Activity
    Model UN

Favorite Subjects
English and Chemistry are the two subjects that I currently am enjoying the most. Being a very analytical person, I really enjoy the investigation and reasoning that both English and chemistry require; whether it be interpreting lab data or analyzing a symbol in a novel, the opportunities to dive in deep to the provided data and discover for yourself the significance of the information is something I really enjoy.

Favorite School Activity
The most beneficial activity that I have taken part of this year is the founding of the Convent Model United Nations. Founding a club is an opportunity to develop the leadership skills that are needed in the workforce and the real world, and the other founders and I have been developing many useful skills, mindsets and mannerisms throughout the effortful process of building the foundation for a successful and durable organization.

Favorite School Tradition
Congé has to be my favorite school tradition for many reasons. Congé is one of the main events that reminds me of the global connections of our school; knowing that all students within the Network of the Schools of the Sacred Heart experience the same joy and thrill we do when our classes are surprisingly paused is a reminder that Convent is not just on Broadway Street — Convent is global.

Favorite Space on Campus
When I walk into the Williams Library, all of my senses are activated by the concentration of intellect in such a small space. I hear the silence, I see hundreds of books, I feel the dedication and potential of all the hard-working scholars in the room, I smell that smell of worn, loved books. Once I have experienced these four sensations, I develop this hunger for knowledge, that yearning for learning more, and this is why the Williams Library is my favorite learning space on campus.

Best Part of Your Day
My favorite part of the day is running into my friends in the hallway and hearing about something that happened in their previous class. For me, any day in the Flood Mansion is full of learning things that I never knew. Whether it's through the mouths of teachers or my peers, sharing information with others is a way to help feed this hunger for knowledge that Convent students have.

Favorite School Project
In Honors Geometry, we had to come up with our own model and experiment that would help us calculate the distance from the earth to the moon without leaving the Flood Mansion and without having any given measurements of the moon. When Mr. Person-Rennell initially told us about this project, I believed the task to be impossible, just a trick question he was asking us in order to get the mental gears turning. I sat down one evening and drew model after model after model. The night before the project was due, I ended up with a model that still didn't work. I remembered what Mr. Person-Rennell said in class: "When you have an idea, draw it out. Even if you do not think that it will work, draw it out. Once you have drawn it out, keep pulling that thread." With his advice in mind, I decided to throw out my initial model and make a new mind map that turned into a model that actually worked. The advice he gave me throughout this project has proved useful in many tasks since.

Benefits of Single-Sex Classes, Coed Community
Single-sex education has really given me a newfound confidence in the classroom that I never had before. When I am surrounded by the opposite gender in the classroom, I tend to be more reserved, along with most of my female peers. This leads the boys to dominate the classroom environment, which makes the girls who would like to say something less likely to raise their hand. In a single-sex environment, there is no gender dominance, which allows me to voice my opinion and ask questions. However, at Convent, you are not completely isolated from the boys since some classes are coed and boys tend to share the Learning Commons with us. This allows us to develop the necessary social skills that a lot of single-sex schools overlook.

Last Book Read That Was Not Assigned
Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

Future Career Path/Fields of Interest
I am currently on the fence between politics/law and astrophysics since my passion lies in both.