How did you feel your first day of school last year as a new 9th-grade student?

Walking up to the doors of the school, I felt overwhelmed because I didn’t know anyone. It was so different from my old school that was in Westchester and was co-ed. Then, I got through the door and I felt welcomed. Everyone was very helpful and kind.

Now, this year, on the first day of school, I felt very comfortable. I know I made the right choice for school because I have made amazing friends, and the teachers have helped me to grow – I have become a better student because of them.

I know school has only been in session for a few weeks, but what have you learned in 10th grade so far?

In Chemistry, we have already done some interesting and informative labs in class. It’s really enjoyable to test what we learn in class through various experiments. In English we discussed our summer reading, Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility. In AP History we’re writing essays in preparation for our AP exam in the spring.

What was one of your favorite projects from last year?

I love art, and my favorite project was the contemporary issues poster that I did last year. The issue that I focused on was “Photoshopping” images in mass media. When you alter images, you take away what is real and natural. My message was that the most important thing is just to accept yourself the way you are. Being an amazing person is not limited to the standards of conventional beauty. While working on our projects, my classmates and I were able to give feedback on each other’s projects and share the issues we had chosen, and I also loved seeing my classmates’ artwork. It was a really good project because it was nice to share an issue that I felt strongly about.

If you had to define what makes up a Sacred Heart student, what would you say?

A Sacred Heart student is someone who is really involved in the community and gives back as much as she takes. She is committed to doing her best academically and also being a good person, being kind to her friends and helpful and supportive when they need it.

Why did you choose to attend Sacred Heart?

As soon as I visited Sacred Heart, I knew that it was the school for me. There were so many different things that drew me to Sacred Heart. Academically, Sacred Heart is a phenomenal school. I’m also really interested in photography, and Sacred Heart’s art program is amazing. Since I live in Westchester, I loved the fact that I would be able to go to New York City for high school. There is so much culture and diversity, and I love it! Even though we are all from diverse backgrounds at Sacred Heart, there is a strong sense of community.

What have you learned about yourself by being at Sacred Heart?

I’ve learned that if you really work for something, you can achieve it, even if at first you don’t believe that it is possible. Also, being surrounded by so many nice people, I have been able to open up more and gain more self-confidence.

Which is your favorite of the five Goals?

My favorite Goal is Goal 3: Schools of the Sacred Heart commit themselves to educate to a social awareness which impels to action. Goal 3 motivates the students of Sacred Heart to be active members of their community, helping those who are victims of injustice. Being a student of Sacred Heart gives you many opportunities to fulfill Goal 3, and I love being an active member in the service community.

Does Sacred Heart feel like a second home? Why?

Absolutely! Every time I come to Sacred Heart, I feel so comfortable here. The teachers are extremely supportive and helpful. We students are encouraged to speak up and ask questions if we are ever confused about something in class. Also, my peers are so kind and friendly. I’m really happy that I have made such amazing friends since I started Sacred Heart.

If there was only one word you could use to describe what Sacred Heart means to you, what would it be?

That’s hard. I have to say two: family and community.

Lauren, Upper School Student
Lauren, Upper School Student