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KATIE, Class of 2022
Elementary/Middle School: Visitation Catholic School
Activities/Interests: Soccer, Golf, The Dart Sports Editor, Student Leadership Team, Campus Ministry, Junior Class Rep, World Cultures Club, Literacy Club President, Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)
Why did you choose to attend St. Teresa's Academy?
Since my grade school is right down the street from St. Teresa's, and my older sister attended school here, it was a pretty obvious choice. However, in eighth grade, I shadowed some other high schools just for fun and none of them gave off quite the same energy as STA. My shadow day at St. Teresa’s was actually quite chaotic, but in the best way. I distinctly remember friends yelling at each other across the Quad, an upperclassman walking around handing out cookies, and all the students being so excited to get to know all the prospective students. It was a bit overwhelming, but I was already picturing myself being one of the students walking across the campus, laughing with my friends, and I just knew I would love it.
What has been your favorite class at STA?
My favorite class has been Honors World Literature with Dr. Himes. I would highly recommend this class because I used to not necessarily consider myself someone who loves literature, but after taking this class, I find English quite exciting and I love reading, participating in discussions, analyzing books, etc.
What is your favorite part of the STA community?
I love the sense of school spirit. All you have to do is watch the student section at a home game to know how much we truly love this school. Sports games are actually one of my favorite parts of STA (hence, my role as The Dart sports editor) because of how spirited the students are. But this energy translates to almost all STA events, whether it be a retreat, pep rally, or even a volunteer event. Everyone is always so enthusiastic and students go all-out to ensure everyone is having the time of their life. I'm so grateful to be able to attend a school where everyone is so proud and just happy to be there.
What has been your most memorable experience at STA?
Last year's Relay for Life! Spending the night at STA was one of the most unique experiences I've ever had, and my classmates and I really bonded throughout the night. At one point, everyone was crying because of how moving the speakers were, but within thirty minutes we were all singing and dancing around, having the best time. To me, that night really encapsulates the STA experience. While we have to zero in and be serious on our school work during class, it's always balanced out with fun activities where we can let loose and just have fun with our friends.
Looking back at your year(s) at STA, what would you tell yourself on the first day of school?
I would tell my freshman self to calm down and ENJOY EVERY MINUTE. I think freshman year can be a bit stressful because everyone is trying to find their place and understand how everything works. Just remember that everything will work itself out in the end, even if it takes longer than you would like. STA is such a special place and with every day comes new opportunities to make lifelong memories, so just enjoy yourself and take it day by day because high school goes by way too fast.
What advice would you give to prospective students who are considering STA?
Be open to all new experiences and go out of your comfort zone! I have done so many random things and met so many people through all the opportunities STA provides, and from that, I have found some of my best friends and many new passions. Of course, when I first started high school I was absolutely terrified of the newness of everything, and the last thing I wanted to do was put myself in even more uncomfortable situations. But trust me, the more things you try, the higher the chance you will find something you love, and going out of your comfort zone is never as scary as you think it will be.
What is the one thing you have learned most about yourself? How has STA helped you discover that?
I could go on and on about all the things I have learned about myself while at STA. I've grown in almost every aspect of life, whether it be as a student, an athlete, a friend, etc. However, I believe that the biggest difference between my junior year self and eighth grade self is how confident I've become. I'm no longer scared to try something new or do something on my own, because I know that I can handle whatever challenge is thrown at me. STA is just such a great environment that allows you to find new passions, meet so many interesting people, become a leader, and, overall, just become a better version of yourself.