We recently caught up with
, Westminster alumna of the Class of 2009. After graduating from Westminster, Leila attended St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School and then earned a B.A. in Global Studies from UCLA in 2017.
Leila had this to say about her Westminster experience: "As a graduate of Westminster, I realize its impact in my life today more than before. My love for humanities was born and formed at Westminster, as well as my appreciation for history and English. Westminster’s rigor gave me a solid foundation and helped me with choosing my college major and interest, Global Studies, with clarity.
Writing classes with Mr. Thompson, prepared me for college-level writing, and organizational skills earned in Westminster prepared me for college life and expectations. Westminster discipline may have felt strong while we were kids and in school, but it planted the seed of responsibility and accountability in me and prepared me for life.
My enthusiasm in teaching and being attentive to the community I live in, was born and nurtured in Westminster, resulting in my current goal, which is to pursue a Masters in Global Studies and a PhD in history at UC Berkeley."
Leila's message to current students:
"What you are being asked to do may seem hard now, but your hard work today will make your high school and college years much easier and you will feel more prepared than others around you."
Her words for current and future Westminster parents:
"I urge you to be patient and look over what your kids' assignments are. Do not pressure your kids; the school is already disciplining them and teaching them the responsibility and accountability. Believe in the process and help your kids with encouraging them to follow the path given to them and understand their load. The school is preparing them, and they and your kids need your support."
Thank you, Leila, for your belief in the value of a Westminster education! We love you and are so proud of you! Thank you to Mrs. Moghaddam for conducting this interview with Leila.