Who’s Your Role Model?

August 18, 2011

At Wednesday's brunch, some of Menlo's incoming freshmen got a taste of what it's like to be on a talk show. To get to know them as individuals, Menlo staff approached students with a basket containing three questions, each written on a separate piece of paper: “Who is your role model, and why?” “What was the most interesting thing you did this summer?” and “What will you miss the most about home?” Students drew one question at random, and here is how they responded.

Q: What will you miss the most about home?

“I'm not homesick yet, but I'm sure I will miss hanging out with my friends and family and the beach back home. I like it here though.”
Raphael Bettan-Medioni, from Marseilles, France


“My friends and family, since they're six hours away now. But I came from a small high school, so it feels similar here. Everyone's nice. I'm having a lot of fun!”
Rachael Cummings, from Los Angeles


“My martial arts class—I practice kajukenbo. But there's a studio in the area, so I'm going to check it out. “
Zach Johnson, from San Clemente, California


“I'll miss my little brothers, who are 13 and 6. I like to wrestle with them and take them to the beach and go boogie-boarding. The older one will ask my advice, I'm like a mentor to him. And it's a little sad to think that you're going to come back and know that they're going to be bigger.”
Kalin Knight, from Oceanside, California


“I'm from China, so I will miss my mom and dad. I don't have a brother or sister, so I think they will feel lonely too. I'm also thinking about my grandparents, they are quite old and I worry about their health.”
Xue Rong “Cat” Miao, from Inner Mongolia, China


“I won't miss that much. I'm from Oregon, and it's boring and the weather is horrible. But I will miss my friends and family. Oh, and no sales tax!”
Van Nguyen, from Beaverton, Oregon


Q: What was the most interesting thing you did this summer?

“I went to Hawaii and the islands of Maui and Molokai. We climbed to waterfalls, did a lot of hiking, and learned about the native Hawaiians. It is so pretty there.”
Monica Fein, from Huntington Beach, California


“I had a job as a martial arts instructor for the Ernie Reyes World Martial Arts association, working with students from age 4 to 53. I taught our grappling class and kicking and conditioning class. I was doing what I love.”
Angelo Hudson, from Hollister, California


“I worked at the Boys & Girls Club as a camp leader, with second graders. It was challenging at times. I'd encourage them to play sports like Jedi Dodgeball.”
Kristina Thomas, from East Palo Alto, California


Q. Who is your role model, and why?

“Warren Buffett. He always makes educated decisions and gets all the facts before making a decision, which is something I should do more often. “
Kevin Leib, from Los Angeles


“My dad. He works really hard and supports our family, you can't get better than that. He used to be a cop, and now he's an engineer and an architect and installs alarm systems. It's ridiculous.”
Karen Chiu, from Millbrae, California


“My mom. She always takes care of me and my family really well. She is the nicest person I know.”
Laurene Montfort, from Aix-en-Provence, France


“I would have to say my sophomore English teacher. He was really fun and made everything hands-on. He was also a math teacher, so when he taught us about sine, cosine, and tangent, he took us onto the track and we measured the flagpole.”
Regina Rodarmel, from Dunsmuir, California


“My father. He's a very honest and responsible man and stands up whenever he sees injustice.”
Marius Schulz, from Frankfurt, Germany