Susanna Gregory — 2020 High Schoolers Who Will Change The World


Susanna Gregory 

Westlake High School

Parents Lance & Jena Gregory

In her freshman year, Susanna was diagnosed with clinical depression, generalized anxiety disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder. Instead of stopping her, she said she got to work and learned to thrive.

Future plans Georgetown University in Washington D.C., to major in chemistry and English. I’m also interested in political science, creative writing and law.

Motto “Work hard and rest harder.”

Guilty pleasure “Parks and Rec”

Lesson learned I am successful in part because of my illnesses, as they forced me to learn how to care for my physical and emotional needs before anything else.

Parental phrase “Dinner’s ready!” and “I think it’s time for you to go to bed.”

Change the world I will change the world by caring. I care so much about justice, equality and health. Whether it be defending justice in a courtroom, researching vaccinations and bacteria in a lab, or writing and teaching about humanity through literature, I will change the world. I plan on being compassionate and ambitious.

Best advice It doesn’t matter if it’s a test, a high note, a religion or a college decision, you should trust yourself to be prepared, to know truth, and to choose correctly.

Stress management I manage stress before I even feel stress, meaning I go to bed early, eat three meals a day, and take breaks from schoolwork/work/social media before I burn out from them.

Furry friends I joke that one day, I’m going to start an animal sanctuary and hang out with cats and dogs and bunnies all day long.

Favorite subject English or chemistry. STEM and humanities go hand-in-hand.

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