Junior Class Vice President, Spanish Club, and VAMOS Tutoring
What is your favorite thing about Visi?
My favorite thing about Visi is the people and the community. I felt really welcomed when I came freshman year. I came from St. Patrick’s in Rockville, and I knew one other student, but once I got here, it felt like I was already a part of the community from day one. I made a lot of great relationships with friends and teachers.
Why did you choose the school?
I chose Visi because I felt that it was a school that would challenge me academically, but I didn’t feel like I was competing with anyone else. Everyone is always working together. I also chose it because it is a Catholic school, and I liked the Salesian Spirituality. When I shadowed, there was Mass that day, and I remember singing "Cor Jesu" - the school song. I felt like this was a great community where everyone shared the same spirituality. I also felt it was a school where I could figure out my talents and build from there.
Which class has been your favorite so far?
My favorite subject is Spanish. I like how we are encouraged to communicate with each other. We read stories and discuss in Spanish. We’ve had projects about songs. One time, we made a cooking video in Spanish. Here, I could improve my Spanish in a fun way. It’s a class I’ve always really enjoyed.
How would you describe the school's classroom environment?
Being at an all-girls school, no one is afraid to ask questions. Everyone is collaborative. The teachers are approachable, so I always feel I can go to them if I need help. It’s interactive - it’s not a teacher talking at you. Everyone is participating in the class, both students and teachers.
There’s so many different ways that teachers plan their lessons for us - science experiments, presentations, projects, videos, and more. It’s nice because students in the classroom have different learning styles; the variety appeals to everyone.
What is your favorite tradition?
Marshmallow Roast. It’s my favorite because it’s such a fun night. I like how we work together as a class. You get to know your classmates better. It brings you closer together. We eat s’mores, roast our teachers, and whether we win or lose, it’s always a great time to be together.
What do you love about student government at Visitation?
I was vice president in my sophomore year and then was re-elected. I decided to run because I wanted to connect with my class more, to be a voice for them if they had an issue. I wanted them to feel comfortable coming to me. I like leadership. I felt like Visitation gives you different ways to be a leader and I found my favorite is student government. I like learning from people in SGA, whether that's upperclassmen or my fellow junior class officers.
Which is your favorite Salesian Little Virtue?
Joyful optimism because being a student, having an optimistic point of view makes the school year more enjoyable in general. It applies to other aspects in your life - sports, extracurriculars. I think that being optimistic allows you to view a certain situation or life in general differently, to do better in that situation. It makes you an overall happier person.
Azure answered these questions at the beginning of her junior year.