Student Spotlight – Emily Myers ’18
Loves About Brebeuf
Oh wow, where do I start? I would have to agree with everyone else and say the people of Brebeuf truly make Brebeuf unique. The student-teacher relationships are unlike anything I’ve ever seen before and I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to attend such an incredible school. I also love the emphasis on social justice and community service that Brebeuf displays in the curriculum. Without Brebeuf, I truly do not know who I would be. Brebeuf has shaped me in so many positive ways and if I had gone to another school, I highly doubt I would be as passionate for social justice as I am today.
My all-time favorite class would have to be AP Psychology with Mr. Petty. I was never bored in that class, everything Mr. Petty talked about interested me and I continue to psychoanalyze situations and people even today. Currently, my favorite class is Advanced Acting with Mr. Strader. It has been so much fun learning how to perform with puppets, practicing stage combat, and so much more.
I applied to IU, Purdue, Xavier, Loyola Chicago, Boston College, Baylor, and Tulane. While I’m not sure yet which I will attend, I am planning to study Psychology on the pre-med track. I hope to attend medical school and someday work for Doctors Without Borders.
Teams & Co-Curriculars
Fall Play and Spring Musical
Social Justice Club
Student Advocates for Gender Equality (VP)
Manager of Cross Country Team
National Honors Society
Work at BRICS
When I was ten years old, my family lived in Frankfurt, Germany for six months. Unfortunately, I have since lost all of my German language skills.
I have traveled to 37 different countries and 5 continents.
I am double jointed in my left shoulder and can do this odd trick that weirds a lot of people out.
I have never broken or fractured a bone, yet I believe I may be the clumsiest person alive.
What is your current favorite show or series on tv, Netflix, etc?
Currently, I would have to say my two favorite shows are Mindhunter and That 70s Show. Kind of a weird combination as one is a criminal psychology show and the other is a comedy, but I’m addicted to both.
If you could travel to any place in the world, where would you go and why?
I have been so blessed to be able to travel so many places, but one destination I would love to visit are the Galapagos Islands. I used to be terrified of snorkeling, but now I absolutely love it and the Galapagos Islands have incredible snorkeling sites to visit. I have seen pictures and videos of people swimming with sea lions and sea turtles in the Galapagos and it would be positively amazing to experience that for myself.
Do anything fun over Thanksgiving Break?
My grandma is visiting from Tennessee, so we had Thanksgiving dinner together then went out Black Friday shopping together. I also went to the football game last Friday and watched the boys play their hearts out. Not the ideal outcome, but it was still fun to see how many people came to cheer them on.
What led you to start a petition to pass hate crime laws in Indiana?
A number of things pushed me to take action. Brebeuf has always encouraged students to combat injustices and take action in the community, so I have always felt supported in speaking out for what I believe in. Participating in the fall play, The Laramie Project, helped me to empathize with victims of hate crimes and truly understand the gravity of them. Meeting Judy Shepard, mother of hate crime victim Matthew Shepard, gave me the courage to use my voice to fight for social justice. Attending the Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice in Washington D.C. made me realize it is my responsibility to create a better future and my fight for change needs to start now. Finally, speaking with fellow classmate and friend, Max Siegel, about how few people use their voice for positive change when it doesn’t personally impact them, made this situation personal to me and was the final push to get me to take action and fight back against social injustices.
(You can read more about Emily’s petition here)
What advice would you offer our Braves in the Class of 2021?
Don’t be afraid to ask your teachers for extra help. Forming a relationship with your teachers outside of the classroom helps tremendously throughout high school. I have become friends with a lot of my teachers and it is incredibly helpful to have those close bonds. Even if you feel like you’re not having difficulty in a class, it always helps to see your teachers outside the classroom, it shows your dedication to your education and your determination to succeed. I would also suggest attending as many sporting events as you can, not just football and basketball games. High school goes by in the blink of an eye so really embrace the high school experience while you can and bond with as many classmates as possible.