Emily Yeo ’17
Chestnut Hill, Mass.
What do you like most about CA?
What I like the most about CA is the boarding life. When I first came to CA, I was scared that the school would not take care of boarding students as well as other boarding schools because there were so many day students. However, I was soon proven wrong. Because only half of the students were boarders, the school made — and still makes — so much effort to be sure that the boarders feel at home. At the time, I was also struggling with a sense of belonging. Having grown up in both Korean and American cultures, I was afraid that I could not be fully “Korean” or fully “American” here. At CA, I was able to be what I was: neither and both at the same time. The boarding community has not only given me a space where I can be myself, but it also allowed me to make friends who accept me and have gone through similar struggles. On the other hand, I’ve met friends from cultures and backgrounds totally different from what I’d been exposed to. Living together with them has kept me from being alone in my struggles, and I learned to lean on them for support through the hard times. The boarding community at CA has given me invaluable friendships and a home.
What keeps you busy on campus?
I played JV basketball my freshman year, then played JV field hockey my sophomore year. I have been playing varsity tennis since freshman year. I was in chamber music and orchestra my freshman year. I am also cohead of Youth in Philanthropy and the International Student Organization. Visual arts have been a passion of mine at CA; I have taken Painting 1 and 2, Drawing 2, fiber arts, and ceramics courses.
What’s something that most people don’t know about you?
There was a time in my life when I had two canaries, a bunny, two tortoises, and a fish tank full of goldfish.