Loves About Brebeuf

I love that at Brebeuf, no student has to fit in to only one box, and the education is student-centric. Teachers, coaches, and other students understand that no person has only one passion, so they are allowed to pursue multiple projects without judgment.

Future Plans

Next year, I will be attending the University of Cincinnati in the DAAP program (Design, Art, Architecture, and Planning). I want to major in urban planning and minor in Spanish. UCincy has a co-op program, so every other semester I’ll be working for different companies. Ideally, I will work in Chile for a semester so I can visit my IU Honors host family. After college, I want to come back to Indy and work on some form of sustainable housing for low-income families and individuals.

Favorite Class

I’m not going to lie, this is probably the hardest question for me. The reason for that is because I have enjoyed that my classes – especially during senior year – all worked together to create a more complete picture of the world. My Macroeconomics and Statistics classes built on concepts from Environmental Science, and they all brought in aspects of Social Justice. I loved that everything was coming together, and I could finally see real world applications of what I was learning. All that said, AP Studio Art has been a really fun class because I have had the opportunity to take all the information I was receiving, process it, and express it in an artistic way for others to enjoy.

Teams & Co-Curriculars

Freshman year, I did debate, track, and cross country. Now, I row for the Indianapolis Rowing Center, participate in Academic Super Bowl on the Fine Arts team, do digital art, and am in the Social Justice and Mi Familia clubs.

Random Facts

  • I have a small, but growing collection of swords and knives.
  • I have a strong affection for corsets and steampunk outfits.
  • I took a lightsaber fencing class for a semester.
  • I have a pretty admirable number of action figures and dinosaur toys.

What is your current favorite show or series on tv, Netflix, etc?

In addition to the obvious choices like The Office, Friends, and Parks & Rec, I love America’s Next Top Model (which is on Hulu, not Netflix). I tell everyone I love it for the creative photoshoots and very minor changes in poses that completely transform pictures. And while all that is true, the over-the-top drama is pretty fun, too.

What is the silliest/most irrational fear you have?

Living statues. Too many times I have walked past a statue on Mass Ave thinking it was a new installation when – SURPRISE! It blinks! Not a fan. One of my dad’s high school friends was staying with us for a night. When I pulled up to my house in the afternoon, she was all dressed up like a rusty, copper pirate right on my front steps! Turns out she was not trying to scare the living daylights out of me, she was just waiting for an Uber. Still, I stayed frozen in my car until she left.

If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life what would it be?

Cheese. No doubt about it. I could eat cheese forever and still want more. Any kind of cheese – stinky cheese, sweet cheese, cheese with cranberries in it. I love it all.

You are now in your final semester at Brebeuf Jesuit. Has it sunk in yet?

Up until Senior Week and the last Mass, my answer, in the words of Fr. Greg Boyle S.J., was a definite “Oh hell no!” However, now I am finally grasping that I have to leave Brebeuf, and I could not be more heartbroken about it. As I’m sure all people know, my father (JD Ferries-Rowe from the emails about not streaming March Madness) has worked at Brebeuf basically my whole life. As I write this, I’m tearing up thinking about how I would wander down the hallways admiring all the decorated lockers as a little girl and being so excited to get one of my own. My experience here was better than I ever could have imagined, so while I’m excited to go to college, I can’t help but lament the fact that in less than two weeks I will  no longer be a Brebeuf student but a Brebeuf graduate.

In what ways have you changed the most since your Freshman year?

The way in which I have changed the most since ninth grade is definitely my confidence. As a scrawny freshman who hid behind her long, blonde hair, I never would have imagined that during my four years at Brebeuf I would have participated in a school musical, dyed my short hair red (and eventually orange & purple & indigo & pink), spoken confidently at multiple admissions events, and spent six weeks in a different country speaking only a different language. All of these things would have terrified the thirteen-year-old me who had an anxiety attack almost every day due to very mundane things. I still have a lot of growing to do, but I am overjoyed that I have come out of my shell as much as I have and am so grateful to all my friends, family members, and teachers who helped me get to this point.