What is your favorite Immaculate Heart tradition?
That’s actually a tough one! I have two favorite school traditions. One, which is probably the most common thing to say, is Mary’s Day, because it is a giant party that we work up to at the end of the year and it’s just a lot of fun. But the second big tradition which I think is really cool for symbolic reasons is in junior year: the Ring Ceremony, where the juniors receive their class ring. This ceremony has its roots way back in IH history and it is really beautiful. I like the idea and the symbolism behind it. When you put the ring on at the ceremony, it faces toward you. Then, when you graduate on stage at the Hollywood Bowl, you turn it around so that it faces out to the world. Essentially, students are taking everything they’ve learned at IH and putting it out into the world. That is a beautiful thing. It’s also really nice that it’s the seniors giving it to the juniors. Basically, you see the continuity through the school. I really dig that tradition.
What is your favorite spot on campus?
Undoubtedly it’s got to be the cafeteria. I am not the biggest fan of climbing the hill all the way up to the cafeteria, but usually the thing that gets me up there more than anything else (although I have to admit the muffins are really good) is the view. The view is sensational. You can see some major landmarks from the top of the cafeteria. It’s really beautiful.
What has been your favorite place to travel? Where would you like to travel next?
I like the odd places, so I would love to go someplace like Iceland to see the Northern Lights. That would be amazing. I’m also a bit of a nerd, so I would also love to do the Lord of the Rings tour in New Zealand. As far as places I’ve enjoyed visiting, I like to go to Germany. I like the countryside and the food. Although I have to smuggle in some spices there because they do not like their spices and I love my spices.