Hi there! My name is Brendan, and I’m a 10th grader dual-enrolled here at Stanford OHS, and also at Palo Alto High School. I’m a self-described gregarious extrovert, which basically means I like being around people. If I’m not spending time with family or friends, you might find me at a theatre rehearsing for a show, or hosting an event for my school or the community.
I’m also an avid programmer, and can often be seen working on projects from websites to python scripts to even iOS apps. (My web development experience has actually landed me multiple jobs!) As a classically trained pianist, I’ve got a penchant for music, and my experiences in theatre and choir led me to love musicals (and also barbershop—but that’s not as related).
I’m fortunate enough to do what I love, and love what I do. My skills and experiences in both STEM and the humanities make me eager to channel them towards a career that integrates both. My goal is to contribute to a field where the principles of science and technology are thoughtfully applied to enhance our understanding of human experiences, or conversely, where insights from the humanities enrich technological innovation.
What I Love About Stanford OHS
With classes online, the pandemic forced my family to rethink how we learn. As a result, it opened our eyes to ways that we have never imagined possible. Stanford OHS emerged as the winner of these possibilities. The coursework is rigorous and challenging, but it’s rewarding, and I’m eternally grateful for having the opportunity to take university-level courses with equally exceptional students from Stanford OHS’s fabulous instructors.
Additionally, Stanford OHS’s class period offerings has allowed me to design my own schedule, allowing me to participate in commitments I wouldn’t otherwise be able to. If I had to choose one thing that has kept me at Stanford OHS, though, it would be the community. The ability to meet students with stories, backgrounds, and skills from around the world is invaluable, and I’ve made some great friends along the way.