November Student Q+A Part One- Sam Packer ’12

Sam Packer '12

The Q+A- two students, two teachers, each month. This month we sat down with senior Sam Packer.

Conducted by Leigh Jacobson


Common misconception about me: I spell my name a lot with an exclamation point like: Sam Packer! But it’s not really a part of my name.

Most creative gift, given or received: It was my birthday at camp one year and my friends got me dog treats. I’m not sure how the inside joke started that they would give dog paraphernalia for my birthday, but I’ll always remember that gift.

Movie you’ve seen most: Kung Pow: Enter the Fist! This was a parody karate movie that I watched so many times when I was younger that I knew all the lines.

Book you’ve read the most: I think I read Good Night Moon, at one point in my life every night before bed.

One thing I can’t live without: The White Stripes!!! I can’t express the profound impact this band has had on me.

What you wanted to be at age 10: I wanted to be a lot of things, but I told people I wanted to be a doctor.

Favorite gadget: GPS running watch. It tells me my distance, mile pace, and time while I’m running. It also has great Indiglo.

Teacher pet peeve: Bad facilitators are bad teachers.

Procrastination technique: I could do anything to procrastinate like stare at a cup of water on my desk, but mostly I just surf the web.

Student hobby: Listening to music. Last year, when I set up my dad’s old stereo, I spent about three to four hours a day listening to music. Now I don’t have time for that much listening and his stereo is being repaired, but I still find time for a few albums a week on a different set of speakers.

Favorite thing about being a senior: The weekend. I’ve never appreciated having time off from school so much.

Movie star you wish you could take to prom: Annie Clark.

Topic you love but wouldn’t talk about in a college interview: I wouldn’t discuss anything too controversial, because if I’m in an interview to get into a college I wouldn’t want to upset my interviewer.

Favorite classes you’ve taken at Milken: Any class where the students were as interested in the material that the teachers were as motivated to teach it. Those classes make for fun times and great learning environments.

Funniest Hebrew word: “היא” because in English “he” is a guy, but in Hebrew “היא” is a girl.

Most memorable learning experience: I spent about eight hours a day for a week this last summer learning facilitation and safety guidelines for a ropes course at my summer. It was a great bonding experience between all the staff and I learned a lot.

Favorite Milken Trend: Yu-Gi-Oh.

Most beloved/interesting item in your school bag: A different flavored Cliff Bar everyday.