Senior Spotlight – Stephanie Zhang


Amanda Anzaldo, Junior Staff Editor

Stephanie Zhang is a senior at NAHS and she is one of the Junior Editors of the Viking Saga. In addition to writing and editing articles for the Saga, Stephanie is a member of the National Honor Society, a freshmen mentor, and she has designed the Yearbook in previous years. 

In her spare time, Stephanie enjoys watching videos on YouTube: particularly Minecraft videos, cooking and baking videos, and art videos. She uses inspiration from art videos to create bullet journals. When asked why she started bullet journaling, Stephanie recalls, “I needed a system to stay organized, but I didn’t like how inflexible a traditional planner was. A bullet journal allows me to customize and combine what works for me in a fun, artistic way that also enables me to express and explore my creativity.” Stephanie makes very vibrant and eye-catching bullet journal spreads daily, weekly and monthly. 

Stephanie enjoys reading in her free time. She reads a variety of books, ranging from fiction books like The Song of Achilles to self-improvement books like Atomic Habits. Stephanie is also an excellent baker, which is no surprise because she is president of the Culinary Club. Her favorite thing to bake is her favorite kind of cookie: chocolate chip. Stephanie said that she enjoys baking so much because, “It’s a great way for me to destress and just have fun in the kitchen. I love how easy it is to adjust each recipe to suit my preferences and it’s always so much fun when I experiment and add my own little touch to elevate a standard recipe.” After baking, Stephanie loves sharing the fruits of her labor with her friends. From personal experience, I can attest that her baking is definitely delicious!

Stephanie wants to make the most of her senior year at NAHS. After she graduates high school, she will be attending NYU to study nutrition. While Stephanie isn’t completely sure that she wants to become a nutritionist, she knows that she wants to combine nutrition and dermatology. Stephanie chose to study nutrition as a major because, “I grew up working in my parents’ Chinese restaurant. In addition, I love cooking and baking. Putting these two things together, I want to study something that will help me make the world a healthier place, one meal at a time.”

In her last year of high school, Stephanie has become one of the top students in her class and has been accepted into NYU. She has a lot of knowledge that she would like to share with the underclassmen. Stephanie stressed, “From college applications to homework, it’s always best to get things done early.” Over the summer is the best time to start your college applications or study for the SAT, because of all the free time you have. During the school year, it is always a good idea to get a head start on your homework so you don’t fall behind in class. Stephanie certainly has a bright future ahead of her at NYU, and we wish her the best of luck!