Blain '21

Co-President of Think Pink; Visitation Historical Society; FOCUS; UNICEF Club

What is your favorite thing about Visi?

My favorite thing is the feeling you get when you’re on campus, seeing all of your friends and classmates. When you’re walking up the hill to classes, saying hi to one another, that support system and sisterhood is something I really value. I wouldn’t be able to get through all the academic challenges without my friends to help me along the way.

Why did you choose the school?

When I was looking at high schools, Visitation was the only school where I felt I could be an active part of the community. I saw myself at Visitation leading clubs, taking challenging classes, and experimenting with different interests. I knew I could be creative, explore, and develop lifelong friendships.

Which class has been your favorite so far?

I have loved taking French over the past three years, now four. I had never taken French before coming to Visitation, but I decided to try it. I could have gone with something I was comfortable with, but I love French because it challenges me. I really appreciate learning about all the history and culture alongside the language skills. The Visitation Order was founded in France; the art is rich; their culture is interesting - it all appeals to me. I was able to go on the French immersion trip in the summer of 2019, where we lived with families in Amboise and spent a couple days in Paris, just taking in the city. It was incredible.

What is your favorite tradition?

Marshmallow Roast. There’s no other day of the year like it. We spend the day together for Founders Day, and then we jump into rehearsals. 100% of Marshmallow Roast is done by us. We make the costumes, write the script, come up with props, construct the set. You can see the combination of competition and teamwork. Whether you win doesn’t matter, because it’s the time you spent together that does. Mother-Daughter Living Rosary is a close second; my mom, and I participate every year.

How have your teachers worked to make Virtual Visitation an engaging learning experience?

My teachers are constantly asking if what they are doing is working well. I love that they ask for our input. They care about how we feel in this environment that we’re all trying to adjust to. Our teachers give full attention to people in the classroom and at home. They’re open to doing whatever they can to make us more comfortable and to be more productive. 

Why did you decide to get involved in Think Pink?

Personally, my aunt is a survivor. This disease has touched my own family, and eradicating breast cancer is something I care deeply about. Also, I loved that the club itself has a 20-year history of making sure students can do their part to find a cure. Lastly, and while I didn’t join the club with this intention, so many students are - like me - personally connected to someone who has had breast cancer. We’re a support system for each other. We don’t go through this alone. Those three things made me want to continue to be a part of it and a leader today.

Our big thing is to not let the pandemic stop us from continuing to advocate for research to find a cure. Breast cancer affects one in eight women in their lifetime; it’s an important issue. This October, we still had our dress down day and everyone wearing pink was just a visual reminder that this matters. We still hung our Pink Ribbon Banner on 35th St, lit up the Washington Post building, and a building adjacent to the White House. We have to continue caring about this in the midst of the pandemic, in the middle of an election year. We had our first 130 member meeting to talk about how we will continue working like we have for 20 years. 

What do you do outside of Visitation?

One of my favorite things is volunteering in the summers for Mother Teresa’s (she’s my Confirmation Saint) Sisters of Charity with my family. I organize the trip every year. It’s a homeless shelter in N.E. Washington, D.C.. We care for the residents there - providing meals, gardening, laundry, whatever they need. It’s nice to center myself around the greater goal of an education, of club involvement - being generous and giving my talents to those who need them.

I also love doing 3D design printing - it’s a talent I’ve gotten into since my sophomore year.