SJA ALUM CLASS OF ’12
Favorite SJA Memory:
Since I attended St. James for 9 years, I have many memories that I cherish. My favorite memory was becoming an 8th grader and going on the Disney Trip. 8th grade is an exciting year- getting ready for high school, and trying to make the most out of everyday you have left in middle school. I loved making memories with all of my friends and enjoyed spending everyday with them-no matter what it brought. The Disney trip was nothing but fun! Even though I’m not that big of a fan of roller coaster rides, it was amazing to be able to spend so much time together as a class and make some memories we would never forget.
How has SJA prepared you for the future?
St. James prepared me very well for high school. They teach you a great work ethic that is important to have in high school. By saying work ethic, I mean teaching us how to manage our time and most importantly how to get things completed in time. The way that St. James schedules its Middle School classes resemble those of a high school, thus, making the transition easier. The IB program at St. James was extremely helpful to me because I ended up choosing a school that has the IB Program as well. Lastly, one of the main things and most important things that St. James taught me, is to have confidence and you will do well wherever you go.
High school Highlights:
It’s an exciting time! For those of you who don’t know, I go to St. Timothy’s School in Stevenson Maryland. It’s an all girls Episcopal boarding and day student school. I believe that choosing to attend St. Timothy’s School for my 4 high school years was one of the best decisions I ever made. St. Tim’s stands out from any other school with our traditions , IB Program, diverse population, boarding community and so much more. St. Tim’s has a very welcoming community and I’m happy to say I’ve met amazing people there who have changed my life for the better. I love the opportunities that are offered at St. Tim’s- you have the ability to try anything you want! I thoroughly enjoy all of the trips we take as well. Every year before spring break each class goes on what we call “Winterim” which is for 2 weeks and its basically learning outside of the classroom. Last year we traveled to places significant to American History. There have been so many unbelievable memories at St. Tims in just the 2 years I have been there.
What advice can you give to new middle school students?
Enjoy your time in middle school- it will go by so much faster than you could ever imagine. As it is always said- try your hardest, just be the best that you can be but have fun with it as well! Middle school is an important time in your life. It’s a transition phase to becoming more mature and more prepared for what’s to come. Don’t wish your time in middle school away- yes, high school is exciting, but you also want to thoroughly enjoy the time you have at St. James. Middle school is only 3 years of your life- cherish it while you can!
What advice can you give to the 8th graders this year?
Don’t stress about high school. I promise that things will work out the way they are supposed to. I remember when I was applying for high schools I was so nervous to see which ones I would get into, and trying to figure out which ones I was going to pick right away. Just relax. Take as many tours of the school, shadow as many times as you need to, read all about the school on the website until you get a better idea of what you want. You don’t need to decide which school you are going to right after you visit it-you will know which school is the right one for you. What’s really important is picking the school that is the right one for you. Leaving Middle School can be a bit sad and a bit scary- especially because you are making a huge transition. However this transition is all part of growing up. Everyone before you has done this so you can too! It doesn’t mean that you are leaving your friends forever-you can keep in touch or have reunions, and as for your teachers you can come back and visit. Something I wish that someone had told me is how fast time goes. It honestly feels like I just started my freshman year of high school but I’m already a junior now. Freshman year will be exciting! A new school can be a bit intimidating at first but I promise you will settle in and it will become just like how St. James was. Good luck and enjoy freshman year, as it does go by very quickly!