Olivia Cannell

Coming from a city encompassed in fog, my first visit to the Mesa was like a nice summer vacation. The whole day felt surreal, as I’d never imagined a campus as beautiful as Cate’s existed. Of course my decision wasn’t entirely based on the school’s physical features. The academic program, the students, and the faculty were just as impressive as the campus. One thing I do love about Cate is the variety of the people there. Boarding school brings together students and faculty from all over, and it’s refreshing to have such different perspectives in one place. It’s hard to process the fact that my first day of high school was almost two years ago, because I remember so clearly being that nervous and excited freshman girl. This past July, I traveled to the south of France for an immersion program and lived with a French family for the month. It was one of the most rewarding and memorable experiences I have had, and I can’t wait to go back.