Ella Griffiths ’20

Day Student – Concord, Mass.


Dining hall food: I find myself forever loyal to the Stu-Fac salad bar.
Way to spend time: Walking into town with friends or just being outside
Book: Snow Child, Eowyn Ivey
Place to be alone on campus: The quiet section of the library
Places to be with friends: The quad or in Concord Center
Hobbies: Playing tennis
CA traditions: Starting the day off in Chapel
Thing about CA: The inclusivity and vitality of our community
Academic interests: Humanities
Student leadership, clubs, and affinity groups: Model UN, Youth in Philanthropy, yearbook layout coordinator, orientation leader
Arts: Drawing, painting, and dance
Athletics: Tennis, field hockey

What class or teacher has made the biggest impact on you?

Sabrina Sadique’s Sophomore English class was very impactful. Not only was the course one of the most analytical English courses I had ever taken, but it was also an engaging and an overall energetic class. I loved the way we analyzed each chapter from the books we read in class so intensely. I also loved the projects that we created independently during the course of the year. I was really impacted by a creative project we did which was centered on self-marginalization and was a really good opportunity for self-reflection. The project incorporated a creative/visual component of our choice — for instance, I had chosen photography. The project also asked us to provide a writing component as well, which emulated the writing style of Claudia Rankine’s Citizen: An American Lyric.

What memorable experience have you had outside the classroom?

Participating in the NEPSAC tournament with the varsity tennis team was such an amazing experience. The support the team provided for one another had never been stronger and this only helped to boost our team’s already outstanding morale. We have an awesome team and amazing coaches, which makes every match, whether home or away, all the more memorable.

What have you had a chance to do at CA that you might not have done elsewhere?

Traveling to Yale and other colleges campuses to participate in Model UN conferences was never something I thought I would have the opportunity to do. And traveling with CA made the experience all the more fulfilling. It has helped me to discover new passions of mine, and just how much I enjoy politics and debate. I loved meeting new students from all around the globe who shared similar passions. CA holds a great reputation at the Model UN conferences, and this has even further expanded my opportunities.

What have you learned about yourself during your time at CA?

CA has taught me to rise to the occasion and to accept any obstacle put in my way and always make something good out of it. I have also had the opportunity to discover new passions while exploring CA’s vast variety of clubs. I would never have figured out that I was so interested in politics unless I had joined Model UN.