By Kate Lee,
The President of the Friendship Day Facilitators, senior Gabi Ramer, is well-known around campus for her positive attitude, good manners and, well, overall friendliness.
As President, Ramer plans each Friendship Day, completes the required paperwork and facilitates all of the events. Last year, as a junior, Ramer was the Friendship Day publicist, meaning that she was in charge of invitations and announcements for the school bulletin.
Ramer noted that Friendship Day wouldn’t be possible without all of the Facilitators working together.
“Things like getting the food there and delivering invitations are done by other amazing Facilitators,” Ramer said.
Ramer’s interest in helping others is also evident in her future career plans–she hopes to become either a doctor or a veterinarian.
“I enjoy helping people and I feel that I could really make a difference and help people through those careers,” Ramer said. “If I become a doctor, I would like to specialize in either emergency medicine or pediatrics with a specialty in early developmental disabilities. If I become a veterinarian, though, I would like to be a small animal vet who works with dogs [and other animals].”
Part of what influenced Ramer’s interest in becoming a vet is her love for her own pets. Ramer has dogs of her own that she loves to spend her free time playing with.
As for becoming a doctor, Ramer has shadowed a few emergency rooms before, which she really enjoyed. She also has experience working with kids with developmental disabilities from coaching the local Special Olympics basketball team for the past three years.
Some of Ramer’s other hobbies include scuba diving, cooking and Netflix marathons. Ramer is certified by the Professional Association of Diving Instructors and hopes to become a divemaster (a scuba diving instructor) one day.
Ramer credits good role models for her cheery, amicable attitude.
“I grew up in a very positive environment where kindness was just kind of the usual and really encouraged, to the point where it just became a normal thing for me,” Ramer said. “I’ve also been fortunate enough to have great examples in my life of very positive people.”
Ramer says both her parents and babysitters have influenced her positively.
“I always looked up to my babysitters, so when I saw how happy they were and how happy they made others, I just wanted to follow their footsteps,” Ramer said.