Senior Moment: Q & A with Anna Gruesen


Frannie Wied, Staff Writer, Advanced Journalism

Q. If you could describe your high school experience in one word, what would it be?

A. Growth 

Q. What sports and extracurriculars have you been involved in during your four years at NDA?

A. I’ve been very fortunate to be involved in a lot during my high school experience. Sports wise, I was a part of the golf, cross country, track and lacrosse Notre Dame team. I also was a competitive cross country skier in the winter through the Bay Nordic Ski Club. I was heavily involved in student government throughout high school. It was a great way to build leadership skills and to get involved with fun school activities.  

Q. You’ve obviously been involved in a plethora of activities throughout your high school career – how have you balanced all of these different commitments?

A. Finding balance in high school is definitely difficult, but I’ve always been able to reach out to my family, friends, teachers and coaches if I felt I needed help. Growing up, I was heavily involved in competitive dance, so from a young age, I’ve had to use time management skills in order to do everything I loved and maintain my academics. 

Q. What made you choose Boston University? Was there a specific moment when you knew it was the school for you?

A. I fell in love with the city of Boston when my dad took me out there not too long ago. It’s such a beautiful city with so many amazing opportunities. Boston University is at the heart of the city and offers incredible academic and research opportunities. I knew it was the school for me when I got a full tour of the campus by the sweetest BU senior. I also knew it was the school for me when my mom coordinated her outfit to the colors of the school when we visited the campus. 😉

Q. What inspired you to major in biology?

A. Ever since I was little, I admired my parents’ commitment to helping others in the hospital. I’ve aspired to work for my own white coat and help others the way my parents have helped their patients. With this dream in mind, I feel a biology major will set me on the right track to medical school.  

Q. Do you plan on playing any sports in college?

A. As of now, I don’t plan on playing any sports in college, but I do intend to run on my own (especially since the Boston Marathon runs right in front of my future dorm room). I also can’t wait to be a part of the “Dog Pound” to cheer on the Boston Terriers in the many sporting events.  

Q. What is your favorite memory from your time at NDA?

A. My favorite memory from Notre Dame was making it to state in track as a freshman. When our last girl on my 4X400 meter relay team crossed the finish line during our sectional meet, the best feeling of accomplishment came over all four of us girls. 

Q. Who has had the biggest influence on you, and how did that person influence your life?

A. My biggest influence is my older brother, Andrew. He truly set the path for me at Notre Dame. He is the strongest person I know who is always willing to drop everything to help others. When I’m struggling, Andrew is always there to talk me through everything and recenter my thoughts.