The Acronym ran into juniors Rebecca ‘Becca’ Geiger and Marissa Brock who were up in the library working together on one of IMSA’s notorious problem sets. They happily complied with a quick Q&A for ‘Humans of IMSA’ chock full of laughter and sassy remarks and a side of insightful comments.
What motivated you to come to IMSA?
Becca: I knew a lot of people had fun with Clash. I watched a lot of videos of people during Clash and realized ‘Oh my gosh, that’s a lot of fun.’ I wanted to be a part of it. But the real reason? I wanted to be challenged.
Marissa: I wanted to work with a group of motivated and intellectual people. To be surrounded [by] serious students. Isn’t that beautiful?
Is there anything that surprised you? Something you didn’t expect?
Becca: I thought IMSA would be a place that embraced learning. Learning. It wouldn’t be focused on grades… But that was wrong.
Marissa: That’s a societal problem though.
Becca: But IMSA is influenced by it.
Marissa: IMSA’s not impervious to society.
Hm, on a brighter note, what has been the most rewarding experience you have had since coming to IMSA?
Becca: Getting to know Marissa Brock. (laugh)
Marissa: Mine would definitely be [getting to know] the teachers… because they genuinely care about teaching. They actually care about their students and how they are doing.
Becca: The friendships I have built here. I love my friends.
Completed in collaboration with the Student Committee for IMSA Advancement (SCIA).