School of Arts & Sciences
Class of 2014
This summer I am going to visit my family in Finland and my sister inCambodia, which I am really excited about. I have been very blessed tohave such an amazing family... I don’t know where I want to go, but I am not limiting myself to any one area. After CNR I see my opportunities as endless!
Hanna, tell us a little about yourself.
Well, I’m from Redlands, California, which is about two hours southeast of Los Angeles. I went to Redlands East Valley High School.
How did you hear about the College?
My step-dad was researching colleges for his son a few years ago, and he saw CNR and thought it was perfect except for the fact that it was an all-girls school. So, when I started my hunt for colleges, he showed it to me and I thought it was perfect. I came for a visit, met Danny Robinson in admissions, took a tour, and was hooked.
Did you apply anywhere else?
I did apply to a few more schools, but CNR really stuck out to me as being the right place. It is in a gorgeous setting, really close to the city, and the people here are really nice. The school also gave me a massive scholarship and has really blessed me with many gifts that I am extremely grateful for.
What is your major?
I’m majoring in English.
Who are some of your favorite professors?
Well, being an English major, most of my favorite professors are members of the English department. Professor Dan Smith and Dr. Nick Smart have really had a positive impact thus far on my studies. I also enjoyed Dr. Dan Garcia's history class. I have had the opportunity to many professors and all of them have been very encouraging and uplifting. This semester I am particularly excited about my Shakespeare class with Dr. Cynthia Kraman, and my Art of Comedy class with Professor Smith.
You recently performed in CNR Drama’s production of The Glass Menagerie. Was this your first play at the College?
No, I have been involved in all of the plays since I have started CNR. However, besides Once Upon a Mattress, all of my involvement has been off stage. I am the Corresponding Secretary on CNR Drama’s e-board, and was the Assistant Stage Manager for two of the productions last school year.
Tell us a little about you family and your background. You have had an interesting life.
My family is very international. I was born in Finland, my mother’s home country. My father was Japanese and passed away. He was a wonderful man. My mother currently lives in Finland with my step-father. I have a brother in Finland and a sister in Cambodia. She is there fighting against sex trafficking. This summer I am going to visit my family in Finland and my sister in Cambodia, which I am really excited about. I have been very blessed to have such an amazing family.
Do you have any plans for what you’ll do after you graduate?
Oh, I’m going to graduate school. I don’t know where I want to go, but I am not limiting myself to any one area. After CNR I see my opportunities as endless!
Thank you, Hanna, for your time.
It’s my pleasure. Thank you. And thank CNR!