Senior Gretchen Bernard would advise against sledding on plastic children's sleds in the winter, says bison bacon is pretty delicious & thinks the guys from Black Veil Brides are pretty great people. Get to know her through this interview & her playlist!


What is your favorite holiday tradition?

 My favorite family holiday tradition would have to be watching The Addams Family with my family at Halloween. Halloween is my favorite holiday and it seems that watching the Addams Family movies and show is just a part of it.

Do you consider yourself an introvert or extrovert?

 I don’t know both? I like being alone sometimes, and just sticking to myself. But at the same time I really enjoy the company of others, especially my friends, they always brighten my day. I also really hate people. But I also love them too.

What’s the most unusual thing you’ve eaten?

The most unusual thing I’ve ever eaten was bison bacon when I was in Canada, although that isn’t really unusual because my family has bison hamburgers all the time.

Who was your favorite artist to play with at the APMAs?

 I honestly couldn’t pick one just based off of playing with them. The first year we played the APMAs I would have to say Twenty One Pilots, because I love them and it was super cool when Josh came and talked to us before our rehearsal, he pretty much was hanging with us and was signing stuff, and I got a picture with him, but I had NO idea who he was at the time, I saw other girls getting pictures with him and figured he was famous so why not right? But this year, it was definitely Black Veil Brides. I actually love all five of them and I got to meet four of them. I was like really excited to meet their drummer CC, cause I had heard he was super nice. I really liked rehearsing with them too. Ashley Purdy, their bass player, kept looking back and waving to the horns, and making faces at us, and he kept mocking the way I pushed the hair out of my face.  He was a solid dude and that experience overall was awesome! I really enjoyed rehearsing with them.

If you could go back in time and change one thing, what would it be?

I would have never gone sledding last February. Being the dumb people we were, me and my friend decided it would be a genius idea to go sledding in the metroparks the day after all the snow froze over. To add the painfulness, we took a child’s plastic sled, made for one person, and we both went down together. We hit an ice bump and she hit into me and I went flying off the sled and landed on my back. To say the least we went home after that. Oops.

Have you ever been to a music festival?

 I haven’t ever really attended a music festival; I actually just went to my first concert this year, so I’m a bit behind most people in the music viewing department.

Do you have a nickname?

 I do! It’s Gretchy-Wetchy. I got it around freshman year, so like 4 years ago? The story behind it is that the junior in my band squad looooovvveedd to baby me in every way, she always commented on how I was a sweet little kid (she and my brother were friends so naturally she thought I was the cutest little duplicate of him). And we were walking in the hall one day and I was teasing her and adding baby talk into her name like wittle, baby, and –poo. And she immediately came up with “gretchy-wetchy’ and since then it’s stuck and people actually call me that at school.

How would you describe CYO to someone who doesn't know what it is?

CYO is more than just an orchestra. It’s a really chill (sometimes not, as we have to get a lot done) but a really happy great place to be. Honestly, you can walk in and totally feel at home. G15, our rehearsal room, is actually a home for me. I can honestly say, I am in rehearsal more than I am at home some weeks, and it’s actually comforting to be in a place I know, when I can’t be at home in my sweats sleeping.

What did you want to be when you were younger?

I really wanted to be a doctor. I had a met a doctor with the same name as me when I was like 2, and from that point I wanted to be a doctor. My mom says that I was walking around with her and I would ask people, like a doctor, “How are we today?” I also played doctor with my stuffed animals, and took all the band-aids and gauze in the house to “fix” them. My mom would get irritated but she always thought it was pretty cute.

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