Gettin' to Know CYO: Meet Sami Berman!

Senior Sami Berman would take Iron Man on a date, can't get enough chocolate and doesn't think she'd survive the zombie apocalypse because she's just not a fighter. Get to know her today by reading her interview and giving her APMAs-inspired playlist a spin! 




If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Chocolate. It's my guilty pleasure. Or really anything sweet. I have a huge sweet tooth.

If you could date any superhero, who would it be and why?

Probably Iron Man. He's extremely smart and pretty sarcastic. 

If you had a passport and unlimited funds, where would you travel and why?

I would travel to Iceland. It's so different from Ohio. There's geysers and hot springs and waterfalls and glaciers. It's like a huge Yellowstone. 

What is your favorite memory from your time in CYO?

Playing with Styx or twenty one pilots is definitely up there, but my favorite memory happens every concert. There's this one moment when you make eye contact with Liza and she just smiles at you. It's like everything freezes and you're the only person in the orchestra. It's amazing.

Do you speak any other languages?

I took French for 4 years (7th through 10th grade) but was absolutely horrible at it. It's only been 2 years since I stopped taking French and I can't even hold a conversation anymore. I would love to learn Spanish though; I think it would come in handy in the future.

If you didn't play a brass instrument, what instrument would you play?

Definitely cello. It's almost like the "French horn" of the string section. Or maybe harp, but that seems too hard. I have tiny hands so I'm not sure if harp would work.

If you were in the zombie apocalypse, what would be your strategy to survive?

I'm not much of a fighter so I would probably stash some food and hide away for a while. I probably wouldn't last long but hey, what else can I do? 

Do you have any funny family stories?

Just recently, my family went to Costa Rica. We decided to take a different route back to our hotel. We ended up on a narrow dirt road going up through the mountains. After about 30 minutes of steep bumps and twists, we realized that we were on a horse trail meant for horses, not cars. We were supposed to turn right off of the road but the "road" was just a cow pasture. It was hilarious until we figured out that we had to go back down the road. Although, it makes for a great story now!

If you could write a letter to your ten year old self, what would it say?

I would tell myself that other people's opinions really don't matter, to be more confident in yourself, and to have fun because you're only 10 once.

Sami put together a playlist of her favorite tunes from bands she's shared the stage with during the APMAs the past two years. Check it out: