Grainne Buchanan

I used to live in Arizona, but my family moved to Massachusetts so I could be a day student at NMH. It was either that or go to an all-girls Catholic school in Los Angeles where my grandma went. Talk about two different life choices! I love being a day student—I think it’s the best of both worlds. There’s school, and then there’s my house in the woods where I can play with my brother and sleep in my room that I don’t have to share with anyone.

I recently realized music is what I want to do with my life. In eighth grade I picked up my mom’s guitar and taught myself a few chords, and suddenly I started writing tons of songs. I’ve gone from playing at open mics at NMH to playing at local coffeehouses and music festivals. Right now I’m working on a record. I really want to become a full-time musician. While music is my life, math is this really cool thing I like to do in the classroom. I see a lot of similarities between math and music: they’re both universal languages and kind of cosmic and amazing, but then you plug something in and there’s one answer. I took AP Calculus this year, and next year I’m taking Multivariable Calculus and AP Statistics.