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Seniors of CPS: Bayard Y., Aaron D., Jack K.

(From left to right) Bayard Young, Aaron Davis, Jack Kelley (Seniors) - Interviews Conducted by Phoebe Shin, Rina Huang, Nora Wagner, Araddhya Tibrewall

This week, your Humans of CPS Team interviewed three lovely seniors—Bayard, Aaron D, and Jack—for our thirteenth week of Seniors of CPS interviews. These interviews were conducted on different days throughout the week, as students prepared for the art show and took on AP exams, but they all held the same purpose: to share fun facts about our seniors and memories from their past four years at College Prep. We hope you enjoy!

Q: What is something unique about you/a fun fact that your classmates might not know?

Bayard: Uh, one of my pinky fingers is actually curved—it makes like a weird “C” shape.

Aaron: Yeah. This may be boring, but I sleep with a sleep mask on my face.

Jack: A fun fact…what are fun things about me? Oh god, I don’t think about myself enough for this. I’m not a person that exists—that’s my fun fact. *laughs* Okay, let me think of a better fun fact. I…make a killer gumbo? That’s like the only thing I know how to cook well. That’s a fun fact!

Q: Looking back at your experience at CPS, what is something you will never forget?

Bayard: Probably sophomore year Mount Tam intraterm. It was really fun—we got to go up and completely disconnect from school, and it was right before COVID. It was just a careless time; it was really fun.

Aaron: Definitely my senior year experience on the swim team, especially as a captain. I was super nervous that I wouldn’t be able to replicate the captains of my freshman year and create a cohesive and fun environment, but I feel like we’ve done a good job. (CPS Swim Team is almost undefeated. Yay!)

Jack: I remember the first day, just walking up here—I actually remember the exact moment—walking up Golden Gate, and just thinking, wow four years, that’s a long time, and now it’s gone by so fast. I also remember sitting in the student center during my first finals, like winter finals freshman year, and just…the vibes were so good. I just remember sitting there, with all these people that I didn’t know super well, like people who were in all of my classes, and we were all just studying for different things, and it was really nice sitting there with everyone, being productive with everyone. Everyone was really stressed but we were all coping together. And then I remember the first day back from COVID, junior year—that was really big, just seeing everyone and sitting on the music lawn and being like, these people are real, I know them! Those are my memories. Oh, and senior sunrise was really nice.

Q: What is one word you would use to describe your four years at College Prep?

Bayard: I would say unconventional. I think we've been through a lot as a class––the high school experience is nothing like I had expected both in good ways and bad ways, but I think it's been a really interesting time none of us really could have predicted.

Aaron: Definitely transformative in all senses of the world. I came in as a literal child—I was 5’ 4 and then I grew a ton physically. But then I also grew as a person: I feel a lot more confident; I can approach people more easily now.

Jack: Surprising. I didn’t think anything would happen, honestly. I came in, you know, with a very rigid idea of what a prep school was going to look like—a bunch of nerds, and I would be one of those nerds, and I didn’t think school spirit would be big, I didn’t think I would get a core group of friends and that I would keep my head down like I did in middle school, but—very different. Very, very different. You know, surprising. But fun.

Q: What are you looking forward to in the future?

Bayard: Moving out of California to spend some time on the East Coast.

Aaron: I guess just having a few weeks without any stress to talk to people I haven’t talked to before, try things I was nervous about that I didn’t have time for.

Jack: I’m looking forward to having all my new friends meet my old friends from high school. I always love when my people meet my people. I’m looking forward to that.

Q: If you could say one thing to your grade as you begin to close out your CPS journey, what would it be?

Bayard: I'm really excited to see where everyone ends up in the future, and I hope to keep in touch!

Aaron: You guys really made me who I am today. I’m super grateful for that. You guys have had such a big impact on my life. I wish I had gotten to know more of you.

Jack: Thanks. I’m sure that’s a common one, but thanks. (short and sweet)


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