Virginia Cafferky

Elementary School: Community School
College: University of Rochester
Major: Biomedical Engineering
What is your dream job?
Biomedical Engineer. Right now, I’m specifically interested in tissue engineering (i.e. developing artificial organs).

“If you pursue your passion, you’ll be able to make the most of your experience here. If you don’t know what your passion is yet, that’s okay — do what interests you, and you’ll find it eventually.”

What is something about CHS that people might not know, but should?

CHS offers countless opportunities to everyone who walks through its doors. We have amazing tutoring available through the Writing Center and other services (along with teachers who can help). There are tons of clubs, and if you don’t see one that interests you, you can start your own. All you have to do is take advantage of the opportunities which surround you.

 

Who was your favorite teacher or administrator during your time at CHS? What subject did they teach? What made her or him special?

It’s really difficult to choose a favorite teacher because so many people here have been a huge part of my high school experience. Madame Davis-Schenck, Mrs. Jahnz, Mrs. Delaney, and so many more have been incredibly supportive of me for the past few years. Madame Davis-Schenck taught me French for three years and advises the Linguistics Club. She has seen me grow from a nervous freshman into who I am now, all while offering her advice and support. Over the past few years, her perspective has been instrumental in helping me learn how to approach challenges. Mrs. Jahnz taught me Algebra 2 and AP Calculus, and coaches the math team. Her unending support has made her kind of like my “math mom” and I can’t thank her enough for that. Mrs. Delaney teaches biology (although I never had her as a teacher) and coaches the debate team; she’s someone I know I can talk to, and whose room I can visit after school when I’m stressing out. (Thanks, guys!)

What advice would you give to next year’s ninth grade students coming to CHS?

Follow whatever interests you — whether that means taking history classes, playing sports, joining the debate team, or something else. If you pursue your passion, you’ll be able to make the most of your experience here. If you don’t know what your passion is yet, that’s okay — do what interests you, and you’ll find it eventually.

What makes CHS special? Why?

CHS offers an incredibly supportive environment, with a great network of people who genuinely want to see each other succeed. Everyone — from teachers, to students, to administrators — wants to see everyone else succeed, and will support you if you seek
them out. CHS is a close-knit community, which truly makes it special.