Gabriella '23

Freshman Entrepreneur @oceanslimz, Orchestra, Building, Engineering, Design, & Architecture (BEDA) Club, and Field Hockey

What is your favorite thing about Visi?

It’s hard to choose one thing, but I’m fortunate to enjoy all of my classes and have great teachers. I would also say that being a part of the JV field hockey team was super fun, and I really enjoyed getting to meet new people and make friends. 

Why did you choose to attend Visi?
I’ve heard about the sisterhood of Visi from several people, and as an only child, I thought that would be the type of school that I would really enjoy. 
Which class has been your favorite so far?

Although I really enjoy all of my classes, my favorite class is physics. I have always loved science, and taking physics this year has helped me grow as a science student. I enjoy doing labs and hands-on activities that help me understand the concepts.

What is your favorite Visitation tradition?
My favorite tradition has been Gold-White. This year was my first Gold-White, and it was so great to see Gold win the field hockey game and canning. I thought the cheer routines were super fun to watch, and I loved the spirit at the event! 
You’re an entrepreneur with your own Etsy shop. What led you to creating your own business when you were younger?

When I started my business in sixth grade, I was looking for an opportunity to make my own money. My friend introduced me to slime, and I learned more about it on Instagram. Admittedly, I have never been good at DIY crafts, but slime was the one thing I could make at home that actually turned out pretty well. Before slime, I made jewelry, taught myself how to knit and crochet, and enjoyed making things by hand (and still do). Once I started selling it to my friends and at school, my business grew quickly.

Hosting my own table at Esprit de Noel was wonderful! I enjoyed meeting new people, and I’m glad that I could introduce slime to people who hadn’t heard of it or tried it out before. It was really nice to see some of my friends and classmates support me at the event. 

How do you think Visitation is helping you to grow?

Visitation is helping me grow as a student. I feel that I am being challenged, which is helping me stay focused and improve my time management skills between studying, doing homework, playing sports, and running a business. 

Which is your favorite Salesian Little Virtue?

My favorite Salesian Little Virtue is Thoughtful Concern for Others. It’s a core value of being a doctor, which is what I plan to become. I do my best to help my friends at school when they have questions, I try to help my mom at home, and I plan to continue helping others as a doctor. 

Gabriella answered these questions at the beginning of her freshman year.