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Seniors of CPS: Sarah A.



Sarah A., Senior — interview conducted by Angela Wang


Tuesday, February 16h, 11:05: We’re sitting at the bench before the glass screens of the student commons. With the music blasting, a mass of people crowds around a bake sale, slowly dispersing as the lunch bell rings. I click record. “Welcome, Sarah.” The interview has begun…


Angela:

If you could choose only one song to play every time you walk into a room for the rest of your life, what would it be?


Sarah:

That’s really hard!


Angela:

You can choose an album too, or an artist.


Sarah:

Oh, I know! This is very weird. Well, I feel like it depends on the day, but I feel like today I'm very much feeling like Mahler's Fifth, like the first movement or whatever that part where it goes like bah bah bah bah…then there's, like, trumpets playing, and I feel like that'd be a cool kind of weird, like a weird vibe. Because Mahler’s so, like, varied. I can just choose different movements from that and that would be more reflective you know, of how I feel.


Angela:

I don't know that, I don't know that musician—is that a classical artist?


Sarah:

Yeah, yeah. He's, like, old.


Angela:

What is something unique about you that your classmates might not know?


Sarah:

Um…


Angela:

We can return to this one. Looking back at your experience that CPS, what is something you will never forget? This could be a CPS event, experience, or memory.


Sarah:

Well, oh, that's a good question. I guess like, a lot of the classes. Not like the specific facts, but just like the vibes of the class, like both teacher interactions and student interactions and being able to discuss with people after class. You know what I mean? Both teachers or students. Oh, I guess also like…I think, like, doodling with friends, whether it's water coloring or pastelling during lunch or in between classes. *laughs* Or in class.


Angela:

What are you looking forward to in the future? This could be this semester or maybe even college or maybe even beyond.


Sarah:

Oh, um, this is kind of weird, but I'm very excited to, like, return to California. I like that. I really like living here. But I feel like I like the feeling of coming back to a place, like coming back to the Bay Area, because I feel like I like going away and then realizing that I'd like to enjoy myself there. But I'll miss certain places here and when I'll go to them, I'll appreciate them more. So I'm excited about that feeling.


Angela:

It's kind of like during the summer you miss school, but when you’re at school, you miss summer.


Sarah:

Yeah!


Angela:

Alright, if you can say thank you to one room in CPS, what would it be?


Sarah:

The art room! I think that's the prettiest room on campus. Drawing and Design was like I think the first class I ever had—it was my first block or whatever. So I started doing art again this semester, or like this year, and so I feel like #fullcircle.


*laughs*


Angela:

Yeah! I feel like the classrooms here make a big difference in our learning experiences. Like I don't know…the Hill buildings give a different vibe than the Scott buildings, and the classroom really affects how I feel in that class.


Sarah:

Also I love the science building and the science rooms, because I feel like in a lot of other schools the science buildings are super sterile and stuff like that. Here, it feels warm, especially with the wooden ceilings. It feels open and light, and I really like that.


Angela:

That's true! Here's another question. What do you feel like you have accomplished within or outside of CPS?


Sarah:

*laughs* I don't know. I feel like I have accomplished, like, feeling comfortable, or that's not really quite true…it's actually not true. But I feel like I'm becoming better at, like...I'm always learning how to ask questions. And, like, what I should be questioning, whether it's what I'm learning or *laughs* who's teaching me. And I feel like, yeah, I have gotten better at that.


Angela:

Ok, do you want to return to the second question? What is something unique about you that your classmates might not know? Maybe you can say why you chose those glasses of all the glasses—


Sarah:

Oh, that's a good idea! Actually. Yes, these glasses have a funny story. Have you watched House of Gucci? *laughs* Well, anyways, so I had this big stage where I was obsessed with Adam Driver. No, no, I know, I kid you not. These glasses are inspired by Adam Driver and House of Gucci! I was obsessed. Yeah, he's had like these dope aviator glasses, and they were really thick and I thought they were…*whispers* I thought they were so attractive.


*collective laughter*


Sarah:

Oh gosh, this is on the record…I was like, I really just want to embody Adam Driver. Even though he was a real jerk in that movie, I just love the glasses. I thought they were great. I also broke my other glasses right before that, so I needed new ones.


Angela:

Well, that's the end of the interview. Thank you, Sarah!



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