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SING, Class of 2022
Elementary/Middle School: Chinn Elementary/Plaza Middle School/Oakhill Day School
Activities/Interests: Cross Country, Track, Robotic, Asian Affinity, Asian Cultures, Cooking Club President, Girls Who Code, IT Internship
Why did you choose to attend St. Teresa's Academy?
I chose to attend St. Teresa’s Academy for both its academic rigor and social benefits. I saw the curriculum and breadth of interesting classes they offered, and I was hooked, especially the number of Science, STEM or STEAM-related classes, such as AP Computer Science, which I took in my sophomore year. Additionally, I was drawn to STA because of the sisterhood and lasting bonds that it’s designed to create. Freshman year, people would tell me that you will make great friends, and I have begun to realize the truth in that statement.
What has been your favorite class at STA?
Among my core classes that I’ve had at STA, I would have to say Honors World Literature was among my top three favorites. The teacher, Dr. Stephen Himes, manages to take you on a kind of journey each period, delving first into the Heart of Darkness and colonialism to the guillotines of the French Revolution. It’s great fun, and this teacher says things like, “Cannibals, they’re not bad…” (Sarcasm intended.)
What is your favorite part of the STA community?
I think one of my favorite parts of the community is the faculty, staff, and teachers. They are the backbone of the school and keep things running. Most of them, depending on the schedule, can go to lengths to help you out and make accommodations for you. They are flexible, and there is often mutual respect. I have grown to respect my teachers immensely for the things they know and the time they take to ensure a good education.
What has been your most memorable experience at STA?
There are so many great STA memories, but one of the best must be the annual Cross Country tradition, Bigger or Better. Towards the end of the season, the team splits up by grade, and each grade goes house to house in the neighborhood to trade a paperclip for an object, and then that object for another object, and so on. One year, a team brought back a TV and a bathtub. Last year, we brought back a volleyball net, a mattress, and my personal favorite, a nice desk lamp that I have sitting in my office.
Looking back at your year(s) at STA, what would you tell yourself on the first day of school?
As a junior, I would time travel back to tell my freshman self to slow down. The world is going to go a million miles a minute, and there are going to be a million things you want to do, see, and be part of; but you just have to slow down.
What advice would you give to prospective students who are considering STA?
Come for the school, stay for the fun. Try everything and remember that time flies. I didn’t quite anticipate the thing about time to be as true as it is. You start your first day and then suddenly you’re a junior, like me. Make the most of that time, try everything you can. Get out of your comfort zone and jump in. You might find something you like.
What is the one thing you have learned most about yourself? How has STA helped you discover that?
This is definitely going to sound cliché, but this school has pushed me to realize all the magic of me, what I am truly capable of, mentally, physically and more. Physically, Cross Country and Track has pushed me to be a better and smarter runner. Mentally, with all the AP, Advanced, and Honors courses, I am expanding my mind. And my spiritually, in this great institution, I have bettered myself, but have also contributed directly to the school in my work with the IT department and administration.