5 Questions 4: Pat MacKinnon

 Pat MacKinnon is usually the first adult a prospective Lawrentian meets on campus. As Visit Coordinator, she’s the friendly face behind the Admission Desk who (among many other duties) will match you up with a tour guide so you can learn from a current student what Lawrenceville is really like. So, what does this expert recommend every prospective student ask his/her tour guide? Find out this and more in 5 Questions 4.
 
What should every prospective student ask his/her tour guide?
I think every perspective student should ask his/her tour guide “Why did you select Lawrenceville over other schools?” I think our community has a very special bond, and while we have a beautiful campus, incredible course offerings, a House system that is second to none, and are in “the middle of somewhere,” it’s the people that are special here. Relationships last for years between students, teachers, and staff. Lawrenceville will always be “home.”
 
What is your favorite Lawrenceville event?
My favorite Lawrenceville event has got to be the Spring Dance Concert. I attend every year and it always amazes me. I generally know who the dancers on campus are, and they never disappoint, but my all-time favorite part is the students who have never performed before and work so hard to be a part of the incredible ensembles. I actually love the dress rehearsal so I can see and hear [Director of Dance] Derrick [Wilder] going crazy!
 
If you could have an all-expenses paid trip anywhere in the world, where would you go?
I’d have to call it a tie between France and Italy. I’ve always wanted to experience the view from the top of the Eiffel Tower and visit the beaches of Normandy and the American Cemetery. My Dad was a tank driver in WWII and we grew up hearing incredible stories. And a gondola ride in Venice is a close second!
 
What person, no longer living, would you most like to meet?
I would have loved to have met Anne Frank. Her book was my all-time favorite growing up and to have the chance to actually meet her and hear her express herself in person would be a lifelong memory.
 
What’s one talent that you would like to have?
I always wanted to be able to draw and paint. I remember being so excited about signing up for my first real art class in college. Two of my favorite artists are Monet and Cezanne. The teacher was pretty critical of my attempts at first, but thought I would improve. I really gave it my all and was a little crushed when, at the end of the course, he came to me and said, “I’m going to give you a ‘C’ for showing up for class, but you have no artistic talent.” A little blunt, but I moved on. I now just enjoy the talent of others!
 
For additional information, please contact Lisa M. Gillard Hanson, director of Public Relations, at lgillard@lawrenceville.org.

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