Senior Reflection: Zayetzy García Bareño

By Hannah Kaye ’20 and Ryan Samway ’20

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

Zayetzy García Bareño
Matriculating to Loyola Marymount University

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

The most important thing I have learned is to value the work from all of the faculty members and teachers because they put so much effort into helping the students grow, as learners and as people. Although the emails and homework may seem overwhelming, I finally realized that all of it is to help us prepare for the future and to make us more complete and well-prepared students.

Today, I really value the hard work and time the teachers put into helping us. For example, one day Ms. Churchill came in to class and made us flashcards to help us understand all the concepts for Human Bio which was extremely helpful. When I go to college, my teachers probably won’t even know my name, so I know I will miss all of the unique relationships that we have at San Domenico because, at the end, that is what counts and it’s what helps us to be well-rounded students.

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

Because I am an international student who came here from Mexico in my junior year, I had no clue how the college process worked here in the US, so I came here last year and I heard everyone talking about SAT and ACT and I had no idea what that even was. So, I wish I was more informed about it earlier. I realize now that while they are important, your test scores don’t define you; they’re not you. It’s not life or death to not achieve a perfect 1600 on the SAT.

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

The main thing I will remember is just growing. I feel like every single experience I had throughout high school shaped who I am right now: all the bad and all the good. But, I feel like the biggest step was coming to San Domenico and being a boarding student. I was able to get to know a lot of other international students and learn how to be independent. I learned how to keep my room neat, when to do my laundry, not to mix white and color clothing because it’s not a good experience, and to make my bed. I grew to have more responsibility for myself. Not having my parents tell me what to do all the time initially led to procrastination so I had to learn how to be my own parent and learn to know when I can relax and when I have to do my work. That whole experience of independence was a really big life lesson for me during high school.