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Head Tour Guides

There is no typical Cate student, so we want you to meet as many people in our community as possible. When you visit, you’ll be greeted by several tour guides who volunteer their time to share their diverse experiences and welcome you to our Mesa.

Bella ’21

Where were you born? Where do you call home now?
San Francisco, CA

Use three words to describe yourself.
Hardworking, Enthusiastic, Compassionate

Have you read anything good recently? What was it?
Sharp: The Women Who Made An Art Of Having An Opinion by Michelle Dean

What’s your favorite sports team?
Golden State Warriors

What’s your favorite food?
Sushi and chocolate chip cookies!

Do you have any pets?
No, I am allergic to cats and dogs. 🙁

What’s on your iTunes/Spotify Playlist?
Currently, I’m listening to a lot of Kacey Musgraves, Hozier, The Beatles, Electric Light Orchestra, and a band called Rainbow Kitten Surprise (the name is weird but they make great music!)

List one random fun fact about you!
I won my middle school spelling bee three years in a row.

Share your favorite Cate moment.
It’s hard to pick one, but some of my favorite Cate moments include getting to catch up with prefects during the start of study hours and having meaningful conversations in the back of the dining hall at dinner. 

Charlie ’22

 What is your favorite place on campus?

Pierce Thompson (my big sib who coached me through the Cate experience)’s room, we watched the Mandalorian with pizza, met up there to workout, and had many late-night conversations. Plus, he was a great interior decorator.

 Favorite Outings Week memory?

At the end of Pyles, there’s a ceremony where everybody really opens their heart up. A bunch of seniors I’d gotten close to got really emotional with me and bonded like nothing I’d ever experienced.

Best dorm on campus? Why?

CHE, it’s the newest dorm, and it’s got the best dorm parents. I can’t quite say how Savage is going to be, but I’m optimistic it’ll nab the top spot this coming year.

What’s the most important thing you’ve learned at Cate so far?

Generosity always pays, it’s better to extend help and be taken advantage of sometimes than to never extend generosity at all.

  Dawson ’22

What is your favorite place on campus?

My favorite place on campus is definitely Senior Lawn. All of my fondest memories happen there!

 Favorite Outings Week memory?

My favorite outings week memory was on Yosemite last year. I’m in no way shape or form a woodsy kind of guy, so I wasn’t exactly looking forward to this trip, but I got so close to my podmates. On our longest hike day (8 or 9 miles) we got caught in the middle of a hail storm. We were only about a half-mile from our camp, so we just ran, until we realized that it was next to a marsh and the ground was mush. Meanwhile, the hail was getting increasingly bigger. Our pod leaders made the executive decision to move to the next campsite (2 miles away). Those were the longest two miles of my life. Once we finally got there, I had bruises all over, all of my clothes were wet. I was miserable. I know this sounds like the worst memory, but looking back on it, it was a test of my willpower, and it brought me closer to my pod mates.

 Favorite thing you watched during quarantine?

During quarantine, I took a virtual NYU course, and a guest speaker came to speak to us, and something she said really stuck to me, and that was, “being underprepared is self-sabotage.”

If you could travel back in time, where would you go and why?

If I could travel back in time, I would probably go back to the 90’s because the culture was truly iconic. I want to be friends with 90’s teens.

 What’s the most important thing you’ve learned at Cate so far?

The most important thing I’ve learned at Cate so far was to take every opportunity presented, even if I think I won’t like it. If I end up not liking it, so what? At least I tried. And if I did like it, I would never have known that if I hadn’t tried it. Opportunities may come my way and end up what I do for a living! Cate offers so many opportunities for trips and activities that would be a crime to not take advantage of.

Deborah ’21

Where were you born? Where do you call home now?
Boston, Massachusetts.

What is your favorite place on campus?

My favorite place on campus is the Sprague Gym.

 Favorite Outings Week memory?

I remember going to Pyles and having to jump off Teacups and being so scared to jump off that B-Rod thought that I was going to slip and fall off instead of jump off the cliff.

Favorite thing you watched, read, and/or learned during quarantine?

I have been obsessed with Naruto during this quarantine.

If you could travel back in time, where would you go and why?

If I could go back in time I would go back to the 7th grade where I first got my sports-oriented injury and tell myself not to be so clumsy because it sets the mood for the rest of my sports career.

What’s the most important thing you’ve learned at Cate so far?

The most important thing I’ve learned at Cate is to not take time for granted because this time flies by so quickly and you wish you had time to really appreciate the finer things.

Hector ’21

 What is your favorite place on campus?

My favorite place on campus would probably be the Community Center because of all the memories my friends and I have made there. Although I no longer go as often as I would like to, during my freshman and sophomore year I would spend most of my free time there. The center served as a place for me to bond with my friends during my first several months at Cate and then became a spot I could go to de-stress.

What do you remember about your first few days at Cate?

I remember the first few days at Cate being very busy. From the day that I arrived there was a schedule put in place and I remember being terrified of being late or forgetting to go to an activity. However, I quickly realized how understanding and helpful the faculty were especially those first few days so that made things much easier.

Favorite Outings Week memory?

My favorite memory would have to be the stop by McDonald’s that we make on our way back from the Kern trip. Having gone through such a physically demanding trip, with limited food options, without my friends, I was just happy that it was over and I could eat food that I recognized. 

 Favorite way to unwind and relax?

My favorite way to unwind would probably be going down to Carpinteria with a couple of friends and stopping by either Starbucks, Dominos, or any other restaurant depending on what I am in the mood for and how much time I have that day.

Favorite weekend activity at Cate?

My favorite weekend activity at Cate would be going to The Collection in Riverpark, an area with a theater, a variety of stores, and restaurants. Depending on what movies are out my friends and I will sometimes make a quick stop for dinner and then watch a movie or just wander around going to different stores. Regardless, anytime I go to Riverpark I have a great time.

What’s the most important thing you’ve learned at Cate so far?

The most important thing would be to embrace being uncomfortable. Whether it be through outdoors experiences or through uncomfortable conversations, Cate has forced me to step outside of my comfort zone and adapt.

Jinny ’22

Where were you born? Where do you call home now?
I was born in Seoul, South Korea and I still call Korea my home.

What do you remember about your first few days at Cate?

Everyone was busy during orientation, I was constantly getting lost on campus, and was overwhelmed by the warm welcome shown to me by all the students.

Favorite Cate road trip?

The most memorable road trip I’ve experienced is when I went to various MUN trips. The best part is getting to spend time on beautiful college campuses.

 Best dorm on campus? Why?

 CHE = best dorm on campus. Two chubby cats, one energetic dog, a comfy common room, and high-quality snacks.

 If you could travel back in time, where would you go and why?

I would love to go back to the Renaissance period and know that at any given moment of the day, I could take a walk along the cobbled streets of Florence and meet Da Vinci, Raphael, Michaelangelo, and let’s not forget, Machiavelli.

What’s the most important thing you’ve learned at Cate so far?

Self-reliance. Knowing that although my family will always be there to support me, I am fully capable of being independent and getting things done on my own.