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AVA, Class of 2023
Elementary/Middle School: Academie Lafayette
Why did you choose to attend St. Teresa's Academy?
I chose to attend St. Teresa’s Academy for a variety of reasons. Growing up in the area and hearing stories about STA gave it a certain allure over some of the public schools the majority of my classmates were going to attend. I was also looking for a place where I could challenge myself and truly learn about things that interested me, and STA certainly has amazing academics and classes that I was ( and still am) looking forward to taking. There was also something to say for the environment, with places such as the Learning Commons and Math Hub, which really give you spaces to collaborate and get extra help. I think that overall STA seemed to be a really good fit for me and somewhere I could really grow and be challenged.
What has been your favorite class at STA?
It's hard to say since I only have a year and a few weeks worth of classes to choose from, however, I'd have to say Digital Photography. I've just started taking this class, but I can already tell it's going to be so much fun. Not only is photography a field I'm extremely interested in, but Ms. Cowing is an excellent teacher that gives the class such good vibes.
What is your favorite part of the STA community?
My favorite part about the STA community is how helpful people are. Especially in these first two years before you’ve gotten to meet your whole grade, it can be daunting to ask for help, but someone is probably just as lost as you or would be more than willing to explain. I can’t tell you how many times someone has asked a question out loud while working on an assignment in class, and multiple other kids have chimed in with answers or with more questions that have opened a little discussion where we all got answers. No one at STA wants to see their classmates fail and I think that the helpful environment really makes the school special.
What has been your most memorable experience at STA?
My most memorable experience was definitely last year’s play, Men on Boats. It was my first time on stage in a theatre production and I couldn’t have asked for a better community to share it with. The entire show was so much fun, and, by the end of it, I felt my character was just an extension of myself. It also allowed me to bond with students in the grades above me. Overall, the fantastic show and amazing people who helped bring it to life made for what I’m sure will be one of the best memories I’ll have at STA.
Looking back at your year(s) at STA, what would you tell yourself on the first day of school?
I think I’d tell myself to not be afraid to talk to the other students. When you first get to STA, you want to stick with people you know, but it’s really good to get to know the people in your classes. Upperclassmen are also definitely not as scary as they seem, especially the ones in your advisory! If you have any questions, they are a great resource.
What advice would you give to prospective students who are considering STA?
If you are a student considering STA, I’d tell you to not dwell on the fact that it’s an all-girls school. You may be afraid that the school is cliquey or that there are the typical “mean girls,” but in reality, we’re just a community trying to get the best education we can, supporting each other, and making memories. Just trust me when I say you will NOT miss having boys in your classes.
What is the one thing you have learned most about yourself? How has STA helped you discover that?
While I still have a long way to go towards figuring myself out, I think STA has helped me embrace my individuality. In middle school, I tended to try to conform to my peers, who were nothing like me, however, at STA I have been able to find a community I can relate to, and I’ve grown to not be so afraid of people not sharing my interests.