39 Questions With Clara Pakman

Elyse Kim '21, Staff Writer

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?

A: Lugubrious.

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?

A: Iceland.

Q: What’s the last country you visited?

A: England.

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?

A: Sitting!

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.