By Hannah Kaye ’20 and Ryan Samway ’20
Upper School Digital Media, Marketing, and Communications Fellows interviewed members of the Class of 2019
Matriculating to Drexel University
What is the most important thing you have learned at San Domenico?
As an international boarding student from Vietnam, one of the most important things I have learned at SD is how to be independent. My time at San Domenico has been a completely new experience for me; the environment and the entire American education system was so different from anything I had done before. I had to learn how to manage my schedule and deal with all of my classes, and really take initiative to set standards for myself.
Knowing what you know now, if you could give a letter to your freshman self, what would it say?
I would tell myself to branch out more during my freshman year, to try more things, and really go beyond the activities in which I already feel comfortable. Something I struggled with was public speaking, and I would rarely participate in classes and only hang out with my close friends. A letter to my 14-year-old self would say to get out there, meet new people, and take advantage of new opportunities. Even if it was something that I only had a slight interest in, I would push myself to try it because it could be something I find I really am interested in and love.
What is something you did during high school that you will remember for the rest of your life?
I will always remember my experience with theater at San Domenico. When I joined the spring play, I had never had any experience with theater, and was terrified of public speaking, but I felt reassurance in the fact that I would be performing something that someone else had already written, versus my own work. The decision to join theater was one of the best I’ve ever made, because I had an awesome time with my friends and I was able to discover and enjoy a new passion of mine. It also really boosted my confidence in public speaking and my confidence in exploring new things, and through it, I found something I really loved.