Lev Ko

Day Student – Chestnut Hill, Mass.


Dining hall food: Chicken noodle soup
Way to spend time: Playing basketball in the SHAC
Book: 1984, George Orwell
Place to be alone on campus: The Chapel steps
Places to be with friends: The quad, listening to music
CA traditions: Senior Coffeehouse
Thing about CA: The bond between students and teachers, as well as athletes and coaches.
Academic interests: Humanities
Student leadership, clubs, and affinity groups: Tour guide, Asian Students Association (ASA), Mock Trial
Arts: Photography, dance, drawing
Athletics: Basketball, baseball, cross-country

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

Cynthia Katz. In my first semester here I took her Photo 1 class, and she instilled a work ethic in me that I believe will last me the rest of my life. I was in a class full of upperclassmen, which was intimidating as a new freshman, and I struggled to keep up with the dense workload. Cynthia assured me that if I put enough time in, the photo lab the results would show. As she predicted, my success in her class skyrocketed after I dedicated large amounts of time and effort to photo. From this, I learned the value of hard work and how to apply it to my new high school environment.

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

I had the ability to play JV basketball without prior basketball experience, due to hard work. At most high schools, it would be almost impossible to walk on to a JV team in such a manner. At CA, I was able to utilize this opportunity I might not have had elsewhere and turn basketball into a passion that will last me all four of my years here.

What advice do you have for an incoming student?

Keep an open mind to other people, teachers, and activities such as clubs. CA’s wide array of different opportunities is something you should take advantage of as soon as possible.