Sophia Gimenez


Denver, Colorado

History and Creative Writing Double Major

Sophia was one of six high school seniors chosen by the New York Times to blog about her college application process.

What surprised you about Knox?

Knox is full of people who are very modest about their extraordinary abilities and character. Someone will surprise you with how fascinating and inspiring they are.

What is your most memorable class to date?

Greg Gilbert's art history course that examined Proto-Renaissance to modern day works. He took the class up to Chicago to visit the Art Institute. The visit was a surreal experience for me. I toured galleries displaying masters like Monet, Durer, and Van Gogh, making the material we covered in class so much more meaningful.

What is your favorite place on campus?

I love the stairwell in Old Main, particularly the impressions on the stairs from generations of feet climbing up to classes.

What's the most important thing you've learned at Knox outside of the classroom?

Knox is full of the most compassionate people you will ever meet. It doesn't matter if they know you or not. If you're having trouble with something, they will go out of their way to help you out.

What would surprise your high school friends about you now?

My friends would be very surprised to know that I traveled nearly 1,000 miles eastward to become close friends with someone I grew up 10 minutes away from -- who even attended my rival high school -- but never met until this year.

Read about Sophia's college application process in the New York Times' "The Choice" blog.