Senior Highlight: Kayla Finn

Interview by Jade Zhu

What is your favorite food?

Ice cream! 100% ice cream. Winter, summer, fall, spring, I will eat any ice cream in any weather. I walked through a snowstorm in Michigan in under 25ºF weather to get ice cream. It was the best mint chocolate chip of my life.

Where you do like to shop?

My favorite place to shop is Barnes and Noble (books are the best!), but it's hazardous for my wallet. I spend hours there browsing all the books and trying to figure out how many I can afford to buy — the answer: Not nearly as many as I want.

Do you have a favorite quote?

Oh no, this is a really difficult question for a bookworm! Ok, I narrowed it down to two quotes:

"Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind" ~Dr.Seuss

"What others call you, you become. It's a terrible magic that everyone can do--so do it. Call yourself what you wish to become" ~From The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two

What was your favorite art project that you did at Harriton?  

Ahh, another difficult question! Even though I love all my projects, my favorite one has to be the "brass knuckles" I made this year, titled #MeToo: Words Will Never Hurt Me. This project was the first time I'd ever used the process of etching (it's how I got the words on the rings), and I'm so pleased with how it turned out. But beyond the design of it, I love this project for what it stands for. Practically every time I read the news, there's something horrible happening to women's rights somewhere in the world. This project was a symbolic way for me to fight back. It's taking all the ugliness of those awful words women are called and surrounding it with flowers (traditionally feminine objects) on a piece of jewelry that could be used as a weapon in self-defense.

Why do you like doing metal arts?

Metal Arts is the best class ever. It's a place where I can channel all of my creativity and ideas and self-growth into something tangible and beautiful. I love every step of the process. First, I get to come up with several designs for possible projects. Then once I've settled on a solid idea (usually one that is slightly beyond my skill range and very difficult), I get to make my imagination come to life! Using sharp blades and loud machines and FIRE(!!!), I take ordinary metal and turn it into something extraordinary. Metal Arts is soothing, exciting, satisfying, and I have a fantastic teacher helping me every step of the way (Shoutout to Ms. L, you're the best!!)

What is the biggest life lesson you learned in high school that you will carry with you through college?

I think the biggest lesson I learned in high school was how to put myself out there. I used to be scared of being judged by others, and I let that hold me back. But once I let go of that fear (mostly, I'm still a work in progress), I found out how rewarding it is just to be myself. Freshman year, I wouldn't share my writing with anyone, I wore all normal outfits to school, and I was somewhat quiet. But over the years I broke out of my shell. This past year, I was an editor of our Literary Magazine and shared my unfinished writing pieces with people every week, I wore super tall socks and a flower crown and dresses whenever I felt like it, and I talked A LOT. So as I go to college, excited and a little bit scared, I will do my best to put myself out there and stay true to who I am inside.

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