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Anika's Experience: An Exciting Time to Follow My Interests
Portrait of upper school student Anika

I am a twelfth grader and have been a Nueva student since first grade.

For me, Intersession is six days to step outside of my comfort zone. It’s a really fun way to jump into topics I’m completely new to, and a great opportunity to take seminars rooted in my current interests.

The variety of sessions I could take during my personal Intersession was wonderful, with each session exposing me to something new. For example, the Image and Fashion: The Bizarre History seminar explored fashion trends throughout history — corsets, pointy shoes, you name it — as well as “methods” of fashion specific to various cultures. We discovered many practices of body modification, examined changing perceptions of the human body over time and geography, and learned about the transformative abilities of fashion and makeup.

I was so excited for Chef Robert’s cooking activity, especially since I’ll be going off to college soon and could desperately use some general cooking and nutrition knowledge.

Part of what makes Intersession so fun is the presenters, and I enjoyed hearing Dennis Brown, a former San Francisco 49er and on-air sports analyst, co-host, and television personality, share his personal journey.

I was really drawn to Screenwriting because I love films and television and it intersected perfectly with my interest in creative writing. We got to work with Adam Tobin, who has created comedy and reality shows currently on television and is a senior lecturer in the Film & Media Studies Program at Stanford.

Enjoy these images from my week!


Anika's Intersession Experience


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