What have been the advantages of an all-girls environment?

I feel more comfortable and free to say whatever I think both in and out of class – I never feel self-conscious.

What is unique about Sacred Heart?

Sacred Heart has a community unlike any other. The teachers really care about us. It isn’t just about your classes and your grades. They all want what is best for us.

Talk about a discipline you are most passionate about?

I love history. My favorite class is AP U.S. History. We have some really good debates. This class has really helped me learn to express my opinions on a myriad of topics as well as help me understand where I stand politically.

What does being a student at SH mean to you?

Being a Sacred Heart student means you not only care about your school work, you care about everything! We consistently take the opportunity to go out into the world and help others. I feel like a global citizen.

What have you learned about yourself by being at SH?

I have gained confidence. Sacred Heart has helped me grow as an individual. I love being able to contribute in every class- nobody ever shuts you down or refuses to listen to your opinions. It’s okay to be “quirky” or different – you are always accepted and never feel you have to fit a certain mold.

Which of the five Sacred Heart goals means the most to you?

Goal 3- a social awareness that impels to action. Living in New York City, I see a huge economic disparity. Sacred Heart teaches us core values and the meaning of service. I am involved with an organization that benefits children and it is an incredibly important part of my life.

Talk about your extra-curriculars?

I am a tri-varsity athlete. I play soccer and lacrosse, and I swim. I am also on the forensics team.

What impact has the Athletics and Wellness Center had on you?

It has had a huge impact, especially in terms of swimming. All of our meets are now at home- we are not commuting to other schools to swim, and the morning practice has been eliminated! We are all much better athletes. Along with the new building, we’ve developed even more Sacred Heart spirit, thanks to the addition of new coaches such as Coach Lubbe and Coach Perry. They brought their own spirit and our cardinal pride has increased.

Which one accomplishment are you the most proud of and why?

I am most proud of going on exchange in 10th grade and becoming fluent in Spanish. Being fluent in Spanish has opened up so many opportunities. I work with children who are Spanish-speaking through the service program I’m involved in, and I am able to converse with them easily. I also take Mandarin and would definitely like to study languages in college.

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

Home, love, but most importantly, family. Everyone here is proud of you. Our teachers really love every single student.