On Thursday, members of the Eye of the Storm club took a stroll around the St. Luke’s hallways with a leader on campus: Student Council President Clara Pakman. Many may recognize her as the confident, one-of-a-kind girl who hosts Town Meeting every week, but how many people really know Clara? How many can guess her favorite country to visit or her dream job? We’ve compiled a list of her responses to 39 questions to help the St. Luke’s community learn about the incomparable Clara Pakman.
Q: What are you most excited about this school year?
A: Getting into college, if it happens!
Q: If your life were a song, what would the title be?
A: “I Am So Tired All of the Time”
Q: If you could master one instrument, which would it be?
A: Absolutely piano.
Q: What’s the weirdest word in the English language?
Q: What’s the coolest word in the English language?
A: Proscenium. It’s a word to describe the fourth wall in a theatre, so it’s like the separation between reality and fiction.
Q: If you were stuck on an island and could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would you eat?
A: There’s this very specific sandwich from a restaurant called Myong, in Mt. Kisco, and I would eat that for the rest of my life if I could.
Q: What’s a dessert you don’t like?
A: Anything with coffee in it.
Q: What’s the best thing to happen to you this year?
A: I was able to study at Oxford for a week over the summer, and that was very enlightening.
Q: What’s the worst thing to happen to you this year?
A: It hasn’t happened yet, but check back with me on December 13th and we’ll talk.
Q: What is your favorite hobby?
A: I like playing video games! My DS is my favorite possession.
Q: Which game do you always win?
A: Guitar Hero.
Q: What’s a secret talent of yours?
A: I can draw!
Q: If you made a documentary, what would it be about?
A: Probably some bad philosophical concept that I’d end up hating two years later.
Q: If someone made a movie of your life, who would play you?
A: It’d have to be me!
Q: What’s your favorite country to visit?
Q: What’s the last country you visited?
Q: Which country do you wish to visit?
A: Iceland, again.
Q: What is your pet peeve?
A: Wet dogs.
Q: If you could switch lives with one person at SLS for one day, who would it be?
A: Either Ms. Doran or Mr. Martin, because I want to see what’s inside their heads.
Q: If you could join one of the teaching departments at SLS, which would it be and why?
A: Absolutely English, because I love English.
Q: What’s one thing you can’t live without during the school day?
A: Mr. Brusko’s room, because I’d be lost without him!
Q: What’s your favorite book of all time?
A: The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde.
Q: If you could write a book, what would it be about?
A: It would probably be about poetry and relaxation and happiness.
Q: Would it be written in verse?
A: It’d have to be, yes!
Q: If you could only take one class at St. Luke’s, which would you take?
A: Honors Feminist Literature.
Q: Have you ever met someone famous?
A: Yes! One day I met Paul McCartney on the streets of New York randomly.
Q: Who’s someone you really admire?
A: Mary Flanagan. She’s a professor at Dartmouth who does a lot of work with video games for social good.
Q: What is something that can make you smile, no matter what?
A: My rabbit.
Q: What is your favorite item of clothing?
A: My beloved puffer jacket! It is very purple and very blue…I love her.
Q: If you could design your own shirt, what would it look like?
A: It would have all the best video game characters ever on it.
Q: What is your dream job?
A: A video game designer.
Q: If you were in the Olympics, what would your sport be?
Q: If you could rename yourself, what would you pick?
A: I don’t think I’d rename myself, because I like my name.
Q: Would you rather be the funniest or the smartest person in the room?
A: To be the smartest would be a dream!
Q: What’s something you didn’t expect about being the Student Council President?
A: It’s actually really hard! It’s very hard.
Q: What’s the hardest thing about being the Student Council President?
A: There’s just all these little moving parts that kind of pile up that you don’t realize you have to take care of, but you definitely do!
Q: Can you preview a Student Council event for us?
A: It’s very classified, but we’re probably going to do more with Wii.
To watch Clara answer all of these questions with rapid-fire, check out the Eye of the Storm club’s latest video.