High School Student

How long have you been at YIS?

I have been in YIS for four years.

What are your two favorite subjects, and why do you like them?

My favorite subjects are physics and music. I love physics because it helps me understand the world we live in better. Physics is the fundamental science; a lot of what is based in Biology and Chemistry would not exist if not for the concepts found in physics, and that fascinates me. I love music because it's something I'm passionate about. Learning all the theory and history in class helps me develop my own personal music skills. Music is something I wouldn't be able to live without. 

What activities outside of school are you involved with, and why do you like them?

Outside of school I take vocal and guitar lessons. I like them because they act as vessels for me to express myself through. By practicing and becoming more fluent, the ability to make songs and learn songs comes quickly, and that's one of the best feelings in the world.

What do you like to do for fun outside of school?

I love to make music and play video games. Some would say these two things have nothing in common, but I disagree. Both are a form of escapism. When I'm making music I'm in my own world, disconnected from the world. I often lose track of time when I get into that flow. The same goes for video games. It acts as a time for me to forget my stresses and immerse myself into a different world. 

Music is an important part of your life. You've performed in the annual Student Teacher Inspired Coffee House several times, and have written your own songs. Can you tell us where you get your inspiration for writing from, and if you have any music projects you are working on now?

I get a lot of my inspiration from music that I find interesting or has a specific feature that I like. Many of my songs were inspired by jazz, especially in the chords used. It just has that complexity that has a very special sound. My most recent song was inspired by an artist named Joji, and I loved the way he layered his voice so I felt inspired and used a similar technique. Currently I am working on a song for a camp I used to attend, and the theme of this song is meant to be somewhat hopeful, especially in these trying times. I was specifically influenced by Jack Johnson and Michael Jackson as I felt that there were features that adhered well to this theme. 

Which teacher would you like to trade places with, and why?

I think I would love to trade places with Mr. Noonan, my music teacher. Music can be very abstract especially from an academic perspective, so I love the freedom he gets as a teacher to teach a class. I also think it would be very fun to teach and play music with students who share that passion for music. 

What were some surprising benefits you gained from Continuous Learning last spring? Was there anything that you learned about yourself, such as studying styles you prefer, or new habits you developed?

I think one of the biggest takeaways I had from Continuous Learning was about the dependence I have on other people. I used to think that I was more suited to being on my own, but through this process I discovered how much interacting with other people means to me.

What famous person, past or present, would you most like to meet in person, and why?

I would love to meet the band members of Vulfpeck, just to jam and talk with some of the most talented funk players in the world.