Class of ’24 Senior Spotlight: Bella Sol Padilla

Name, city of residence:

Bella Sol Padilla, Gilroy

Grade you started at Mount Madonna School:

I began at Mount Madonna as a sophomore.

What inspires you?

Creativity and ambition inspire me.

What is your favorite subject in school, and why? 

My favorite subject in school is Science with Humanity because it’s interesting to try to understand science and health practices from an ethical standpoint.

If you had the power to change one thing in the world, what would it be? 

If I had the power to change one thing in the world it would be that I would get rid of all the hate in the world. I think that the root of our global issues is that we don’t listen and understand each other. I believe this could be solved if we all loved more.

If you could go anywhere, where would you go, and why would you choose that

If I could go to one place in the world, I would go to back to India to visit the kids at Sri Ram Ashram.

Name one big challenge in your life right now:        

One big challenge in my life right now is making college decisions

What is your dream job and why?

My dream job is to become a therapist, because I want to help people to understand their emotions and themselves better.

What are your three favorite things? 

Friends, family and reading a good book

Favorite book: 

My favorite book is “Lord of the Flies” by William Golding, because it’s a fascinating book about survival and society.

What do you want to do after high school? 

I want to go to a four-year college and get my degree.

Something that you are proud of – and why:

I am proud of classmates for getting into their dream schools.

Something that makes you smile:

Seeing my gymnastics teammates

A favorite Mount Madonna School (MMS) memory:

My first “Ramayana!” with Josie, because her and I were close friends and being in the “Ramayana!” with her was so much fun.

Top three most played songs on your favorite playlist: 

“Anything,” by Adrianne Lenker, “Unwritten” by Natasha Bedingfield and “She’s Electric” by Oasis