Meet Anelise! A junior from South Pasadena, Anelise is one of our Admission Ambassadors. Get to know her in our latest Q&A.
Why did you choose Westridge?
I felt like Westridge was a very accepting and inviting environment, and it seemed like something I would want to be involved in! I was in 7th grade when I started at Westridge.
Favorite part about being at a girls’ school?
I was at a small co-ed school before Westridge. My 5th grade class was three girls and 6th grade was two. I’d been with those people for a while but being at a girls’ school gives you an even closer sense of community because you have so many similarities and things that bond you together.
What is/was your favorite class at Westridge and why?
Does Peer-to-Peer count? [Editor’s Note: Peer-to-Peer is our Upper School student mentoring and counseling program.] I really like psychology and since we don’t have a dedicated “Psych” class, this was as close as I could get and I love the peer outreach aspect of it. It’s getting to learn about psychology and also implement whatever we learn into our community.
My favorite class last year was English. I really liked the teacher that I had (Ms. Wei), and I felt like our class had a super awesome dynamic even though it was one of the larger classes – we were all able to feed off each other’s energy really nicely. English isn’t usually my strong suit but being able to still enjoy it was great.
What is one thing you wish you would have known before coming to Westridge?
All the teachers at Westridge are really there to help the students. So if you go to them—whether it’s about whatever class you’re in or just about a life thing—they’ll talk with you and help you with it. Teachers are always making time to meet with you. They’ll never say, “Oh sorry, I have to go do this thing instead.” I wish I’d known that even though you get assigned to an advisor, they’re not the only person you can talk to! Everyone here is so supportive.
Also... time-management is key!
Why do you recommend Westridge to other girls?
It seems kind of repetitive, but Westridge is so inclusive and super supportive, especially when people are going through difficult things (whether you know it or not). People are open about what they’re going through and we’re really able to learn from each other.
What do you think makes Westridge “Westridge”?
Um... maybe all the greenery on campus? That’s a hard question!
This kind of goes back on the other point, but the close student-teacher relationships have been really influential in my life, and they’re something that we have that a lot of other schools don’t have. We’re lucky in that sense.