Leah C.

Class of 2023

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LEAH C., Class of 2023
Elementary/Middle School: Our Lady of the Presentation Catholic School
Activities/Interests: Cross Country and Track & Field

Why did you choose to attend St. Teresa's Academy?
I chose to attend St. Teresa’s because out of all the schools I visited, STA felt right. When I shadowed in eighth grade, walking around in the halls and in the Quad made me feel like I was at my second home. It was so easy for me to imagine myself going to school here. I was a little hesitant at first, because not a lot of my close friends were coming here, but I knew it was the right fit for me. There are also so many opportunities to try new things and branch out, which I really liked.

What has been your favorite class at STA?
My favorite class that I’ve taken at STA was probably my freshman year Advanced English class. I absolutely loved my teacher and we did a lot of fun activities when we’d learn new concepts. The pace of the class was the perfect balance of challenging and interesting. I ended up making a lot of great friendships in the class throughout the year as well.

What is your favorite part of the STA community?
My favorite part of the STA community are the teachers. You can tell they love STA just as much as the students and are very understanding of our lives inside and outside of school. They are so willing to help us if we are ever confused or stressed about something. They are always coming up with new interactive ways to make learning more enjoyable and engaging.

What has been your most memorable experience at STA?
My most memorable experience at STA has definitely been the cross country season. My friends and I were almost always laughing at practice or at the meets. All the girls are so friendly and welcoming, and it’s a great way to meet new people from all grade levels. I was nervous I wouldn’t like cross country in high school, but it’s such an amazing feeling to be part of a team that becomes your family.

Looking back at your year(s) at STA, what would you tell yourself on the first day of school?
It’s totally okay to be nervous, I promise you’re not the only one. It might not be easy every second, but nothing worthwhile usually is. I would also tell myself to have an open mind because there is so much you could miss out on if you don’t give it a shot.

What advice would you give to prospective students who are considering STA?
When you’re deciding where to go, listen to your gut feeling and choose what is best for you.

What is the one thing you have learned most about yourself? How has STA helped you discover that?
I've learned the value of trying new things, even if they seem scary at first. STA definitely helped me discover that because the supportive community really emphasizes that failure doesn't mean the end of the world. High school is a great place to try new things and see what you enjoy doing so just put yourself out there and don’t take any opportunities for granted.