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What will you miss most about Marymount?

Simply how it makes me feel at home. I’ll miss the long walks around campus and eating takeout in the DP Lounge and the famous Marymount traditions. I’ll really miss the teachers too. They were such a massive part of our lives – some of them even watched us grow from when we were 12 years old! I’ll miss it all, really.

What is your funniest/favourite memory from Marymount?

There’s no way I can pick one so I’ll give you three. The first was back in 2015 when we performed A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Shakespeare festival. I have never laughed as much as I did in those rehearsals. And our whole class is still absolutely certain that we gave the best performance the school has ever seen. Ask Mr. Clarke, he’ll back us up on that. The second was during a Grade 11 homeroom when we all sat and wrote heartfelt notes to each other. We went home and opened the messages we got and I remember feeling so grateful to have all those people in my life. The last was during our Grade 12 retreat. A group of us sat in a circle and sang songs together with a couple of guitars and it was seriously the most peaceful moment of this year.

What is your favourite Marymount tradition?

Probably the grade retreats. Everyone’s still really excited about being able to see their friends again and they’re just great moments of worry-free, quality time.

Where is your favourite place on campus?

This is a good one – I’d say the DP Lounge considering I lived there for the past two years. This was the Grade 12 setting; we’d eat, sleep and work there so it was great. I’ve also had the best times with friends at the green booths in the lunch hall – whether having quiet coffee sessions before school or loud and crazy conversations during lunch.

Which university do you plan to attend/what subject will you be pursuing after leaving Marymount?

I plan to attend Durham University to study Philosophy and Literature.

What are you most looking forward to about university?

I’m genuinely just excited to make new memories. I’m also interested to see what kind of person I’ll become outside of this school and to keep learning what my interests are.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

The honest answer is I have no clue! And I think that’s rather exciting. Whatever answer I try to come up with now will almost certainly not be my reality, so I’m just looking forward to these next few years and we’ll see what life brings!

What advice do you have for younger students as they move forward in their Marymount experience?

The work and the grades are temporary. The memories are permanent. So make as many as you can. Oh, and always eat the crumble for dessert. It’s worth it.

Who has been an influential figure in your life at Marymount?

I’d have to say Mr. Robertson. From art class in Grade 6 to advisory in Grade 11, he has been the most solid support and guide and we have the best conversations! I also have to give a shoutout to Dr. Byers for making our advisory the best in Grade 12 by far and for being an all-around phenomenal teacher and advisor.

Anything else you’d like to add?

I’m going to miss you endlessly, Marymount! Thank you for all you gave me. See you soon.