Myrial Holbrook '15
Princeton University '19
12 years at CSG
LAYING THE FOUNDATION FOR SUCCESS
CSG taught me to embrace my independence of thought and mind and the power of self-expression. Under the guidance of my teachers, I found my voice and gave it authority through the development of my skills in writing, leadership, presentation, and discussion. In a welcoming environment of small classes led by supportive teachers and classmates, I had the opportunity to foster a self-confidence that still supports me in all that I do. As the counterbalance to this self-confidence, however, CSG also helped me to develop a humbleness, a willingness to eagerly seek out extra help from my teachers and peers and embrace the rewarding process of perpetual and omnipresent learning.
BEYOND THE CLASSROOM
At CSG, I had the opportunity to form lasting relationships and develop my potential as a leader in a wide array of extracurricular activities. I played Varsity Field Hockey and Basketball, eventually becoming captain of both teams, and learned the value of discipline and teamwork in a non-academic setting. As a member of the Gold Key Ambassador Society, I represented CSG and its values through my weekly tours to prospective CSG families and my involvement in other outreach activities. Another cherished activity of mine was The Grace Notes, CSG’s select a Capella group. I was an Alto in this group, and every year we traveled locally and nationally, giving concerts and competing with a diverse repertoire ranging from Bach to Bruno Mars.
While at CSG, I I was honored to be chosen at the end of my sophomore year by the faculty as the Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership (HOBY) representative of our school. I then attended the HOBY conference at the end of the school year, developing leadership and collaboration skills that took my leadership potential to a practicable level. I was also honored to be chosen as a rising Editor-in-Chief of Silhouette, CSG’s newspaper. This position was meaningful to me because I was leading my peers in three of my great passions: writing, design, and publication. In fact, these passions would become invaluable to me as I pursued my Senior May Program at The Vegetarian Resource Group, a non-profit based in Baltimore. My mentors were amazed at my writing ability and design savvy, as well as my poise under pressure. I can credit all of these qualities to my holistic preparation at CSG.
FINDING A COLLEGE HOME
When I began my college search, I knew that I wanted to attend a liberal arts college because of my desire to explore different fields and disciplines. During my junior year, I visited twelve colleges on the East Coast and two on the West Coast. Of all these colleges, Princeton stood out to me as my favorite, but with such a low acceptance rate (usually around 6%), I was unsure of my chances. My college counselor helped me to build a tiered selection of college choices based on my academic, extracurricular, and personal priorities. She ensured that I could see myself happy at each of my choices and that I was thoroughly prepared for each wave of application submissions. Fortunately, and rather unexpectedly, I was admitted Early Action to my first-choice, Princeton, in December of my senior year. Princeton has proved the perfect place for me to explore and unify my diverse interests in a welcoming and vibrant community.
At Princeton, I am pursuing a major in Comparative Literature with a minor in Global Health and Health Policy. This course of study allows me to link my diverse interests in creative writing, English, Chinese, Spanish, anthropology, history, culture, chemistry, and biology. For my undergraduate thesis, I plan to write a novel and conduct research and outreach initiatives concerning the health and nutrition of impoverished communities in Latin America. After I complete my undergraduate education, I hope to continue on to graduate school and eventually become a professor and professional writer.