Senior Reflection: Claire Young

By Hannah Kaye ’20 and Ryan Samway ’20

Upper School Digital Media, Marketing, and Communications Fellows interviewed members of the Class of 2019 

Claire Young
Matriculating to Pitzer College

What is the most important thing you have learned at San Domenico?

Definitely the most important thing I’ve learned here is to try new things. During my Upper School years, I participated in Social Justice Club, Animal Rights Club, Body Positive Club, Model UN, the Ambassador Program, and Student Council.

By trying a bunch of new things that you are not sure how you are going to react to, you get to know yourself better, and you get to discover and explore what your interests are, and to then continue to develop those throughout your life.

Which teacher or what class has had the biggest impact on you and why?

Ms. Huffman taught my Chemistry Honors class last year. It’s a hard class, and I used to go into her class before every test, with the study guides, and literally go through every single problem and she would sit down with us and explain how to do every individual problem. And yes, that did save my grade, but it also really showed her care and dedication to her students.

What is something you wish someone had told you before going into the college application process?

So many things . . . most of all, research your schools. Everyone puts so much emphasis on getting into places and doing all the work, which, granted, is really hard, but once you get into schools, you still have to decide where you are going to spend the next four years of your life.

What is something you did during high school that you will remember for the rest of your life?

My ROSE Project, for sure. I went to Tanzania and I helped construct teacher housing for different public schools. Going to a completely different part of the world, living there for two weeks, and experiencing the culture was definitely more impactful than I could have ever predicted.