Zoe Perlis ’22

Day Student, Cambridge, MA

Zoe Perlis poses for her headshots during the "Annual Head Tour Guide Photoshoot" outside the Chapel on Sep. 13, 2021. (Photo by Nicholas Pfosi)

What are you involved in at CA?

Head tour guide, Peer Mentor, cohead of CAFE (fashion club) where I am co-editor-in-chief of our online publication, cohead of CASA (Concord Academy Students in Action), Dance Project, and photo editor for the yearbook.

Why did you choose CA?

When I was applying to CA, the students I met were so kind and genuine with vast and versatile sets of interests. They all seemed to truly grasp the beauty and benefits of the space they occupied. I also loved the familiarity and respect that came with the practice of calling teachers by their first names, which to this day remains a perfect metaphor for CA’s commitment to Common Trust to me.

What is the best class you’ve taken at CA and why?

The best class I’ve taken at CA so far has been a history class called “Latin America and the Cold War Through Film.” We analyzed the Cuban revolution through the lense of a wide range of films directed by individuals from a variety of perspectives within the revolution. I really enjoyed the well-rounded view we were able to have while observing how individuals were processing the momentous event at hand. I’m also excited to see what my classes have in store for me this year!

What is on your CA Bucket list?

To give my chapel, participate in my senior coffeehouse performance, and connect CA students with more opportunities to volunteer and serve our surrounding community.

Advice to prospective students?

The high school application process can definitely be a little bit overwhelming sometimes, but the best way to fight any nerves is to explore with an open mind. Be genuine in the way you experience this process. (Also, if you can, definitely visit campus in the fall when all the trees are beautiful and bright!)

Share a moment where you knew you belonged at CA.

During my freshman orientation, I was super nervous to be in a completely new environment with completely new people. (I had attended my previous school for ten years!) The cool upperclassmen orientation leaders totally intimidated me at first, but they were all super kind and warm. Even after orientation had ended I noticed that many of them would smile or wave at me in the hallway. I knew I was welcome in a community where everyone looked out for each other and showed such genuine attention and empathy for one another.

Anything else you’d like to share?

Another favorite moment at CA is taking the train in the mornings to school. I hadn’t had a ton of experience with public transportation prior to CA, but I met so many students who took the train in the mornings and made some of my closest friends sitting on the old leather seats on the commuter rail. Taking the train with so many CA students kind of reminds me of the Hogwarts express!