Grace Lin ’17
Dining hall food: Shrimp Alfredo in the salad bar
Way to spend time: Hanging out with friends in the upper Stu-Fac
Book: Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
Place to be alone on campus: The back of the library
Place to be with friends: The Quad
CA tradition: Chapel!!
Thing about CA: Its open-mindedness
Math, science, English, performing arts, visual arts
Student leadership, clubs, and affinity groups
WOCA (Women of Color Alliance), MOSAIC (Multicultural Organization for Student Awareness of Identity and Culture), ASA (Asian Students Association), Women’s Organization, cohead of Mandarin Club
Arts and athletics
Field hockey, filmmaking, dance
What class or teacher has made the biggest impact on you? And why?
My Freshman English teacher, Sandy Stott, had the biggest impact on me. Coming to CA, I was accustomed to learning English as a second language, but Sandy taught me that English is also an exploration of identity and the meaning of life. He helped me realize that English is about something more than just reading The Odyssey; it’s a process of grasping the power of words.
What has been your most interesting project or assignment?
My most interesting project was the final research paper for U.S. African American history my sophomore year. I had always thought history involved a lot of tedious memorization. That project, however, made me realize how interesting being a historian is — it’s all about delving into the past and trying to make connections with the present. I went to the Massachusetts Historical Society and learned so much about how racial prejudice was formed over time. It allowed me to embrace history with more passion.
What memorable experience have you had outside the classroom?
This year I went to the Student Diversity Leadership Conference, and it was one of the most refreshing and transformative experiences of my life. At the conference I learned to embrace my identity as a person of color, an international Asian student, and a woman. I received the support of fellow students from other independent schools and listened to their stories, struggles, and advice. This conference has allowed me to love myself more, and keep my head up, despite the discomfort and differences that I sometimes feel.
What have you had a chance to do at CA that you might not have done elsewhere?
A lot of things. I would never have pictured myself playing field hockey with 10 other girls, or writing a script and making my own film, or being as engaged in social justice as I am today. CA has given me the opportunities and courage to not only step out of my comfort zone, but also to surprise myself and realize my own potential.
What advice do you have for an incoming student?
My advice is to explore. Don’t let other people’s assumptions about you or even your own assumptions about yourself get in your way. Realize that you are who you define yourself to be. Step out of your comfort zone; try new things even though they might be scary. Talk to people, including faculty and staff, and remember that they are not only your friends, but also your advisors who will provide resources and a safe place. Make CA home, and make it your own. The four years might feel like a marathon right at first, but stretch yourself. Utilize the time you have and make it count, but also have fun with it. CA is yours!