Class of 2021

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EMMA, Class of 2021
Elementary/Middle School: Visitation Catholic School
Activities/Interests: Varsity Soccer, STEM!

Why did you choose to attend St. Teresa's Academy?
I grew up in the STA community, but I really found my interest in STA from my childhood. I grew up in one of the houses directly across the street from the main driveway. I have always looked up to the older girls I always saw coming in and out of school, and I knew I wanted to go there.

What has been your favorite class at STA?
My favorite class was AP US History (APUSH) during my junior year. It was a huge challenge for me, especially the first semester, and I think that was part of the reason I really learned to excel in the second semester. My teacher was Ms. Papineau and she made even the boring parts of U.S. history fun. I love when teachers help you out on a personal level and I definitely got that from her when I was struggling. Overall, I had such a fun time in the class. There were many days where we, as a class, just chatted about the day, but still managed to get work done.

What is your favorite part of the STA community?
I love the sisterhood and how, because we are close, we are not scared to do things in which we are interested. There are no real stereotypes when it comes to our academic interests. I love the STEM things that STA has to offer, and I have so many people working with me from many different groups.

What has been your most memorable experience at STA?
My most memorable experience at STA was when I went into a penalty kick shootout at the St. Thomas Aquinas soccer tournament as a freshman. We won and the whole team gave me a massive hug. I felt so immersed into the team, even as a freshman.

Looking back at your year(s) at STA, what would you tell yourself on the first day of school?
I would tell myself to really explore my interests outside of classes, particularly through extracurricular activities. Also, do not be afraid to fail because it will lead you where you want to be in the future. 

What advice would you give to prospective students who are considering STA?
Think of any interest that you may have (art, theatre, STEM, Robotics, etc.) and have an open mind. So many opportunities are offered at STA. Really let yourself explore.

What is the one thing you have learned most about yourself? How has STA helped you discover that?
I have learned that I do not need to stay in my own bubble of friends. By branching out, I have so many circles of friends. STA has introduced me to these people.