I am from different places in New York state; I was born in the city, grew up in the suburbs, and later moved to a rural part of Upstate New York. What brought me to Rome is a bit of an odd story. I found the school on Google. I was an imaginative child, and my dad and stepmother were getting a divorce, and I wanted to escape, so my imagination led me to search for boarding schools in all different kinds of places. I was 16, but my dad told me if you apply and visit, and do it all on your own and prove to us that you’re grown up enough to do this, then you can do it. I visited St. Stephen’s by myself, I got in, decided to go, and it was one of the best decisions of my life.