“I am not leaving Loomis as the same person I came in as, which is honestly the achievement I am most proud of.”
“At my middle school there weren’t a lot of opportunities to pursue things that are so common here, like art and sports, and that really appealed to me. But it also appealed to me that Loomis didn’t say I had to be good at those things coming in,” says Kristin. “Instead Loomis encouraged me to try new things here.”
And try new things Kristin Santana did. In her sophomore year, Kristin participated in the Longman Leadership Institute (recently renamed the Chaffee Leadership Institute) — a program aimed at empowering young women and encouraging the development of their leadership skills. The experience “completely changed me as a person,” reflects Kristin. She channeled her expanded confidence into leadership roles across campus as a prefect and resident assistant in her junior and senior dorms; as co-president of Loomis’ Latinx affinity group, Pa’lante; and as a Pelican Support Network mentor to new students of color.
Kristin also discovered a talent for ceramics and sculpture and a passion for dance. “At Loomis I’ve learned that the arts are a good way to relax, to be in my own head and my own space.”
Kristin helped to curate “Youth,” a student-curated exhibition of photographs from the Buhl Collection, displayed in the Sue and Eugene Mercy Jr. Gallery this past spring.
Empowering Young Women
In her sophomore year, Kristin participated in the Longman Leadership Institute, a program aimed at empowering young women and encouraging their development of leadership skills within a supportive on-campus community.