SCA seniors continue to make their college selections. Meet more of our seniors.
Thi T. received the Dean’s Promise Scholarship to attend SUNY at Binghamton. She is considering a double major in mathematics and psychology at Binghamton’s Harpur College of Arts and Sciences. “Binghamton was one of my top choices,” she says. “I officially committed due to its rigorous academic program and excellence in the STEM field. As a Vietnamese minority, I also want to shine a light on how important it is to support minority women in the STEM field and I plan to make a difference through the notion of support, empowerment, and representation.”
Thi says many at SCA have been an influence on her and points to Mr. Yoon specifically. “He was one of the teachers that always showed support for my academic goals and has always given me great advice when it comes to my ambitions in the future,” she says. “He believed in me and encouraged me to be determined and hardworking towards what I want as a future Mathematics teacher.” She also credits her peers. “Being able to have that united motivation, with them by my side, has encouraged me to work even harder at SCA. The feeling of women empowerment and the sense of sisterhood that I experienced in SCA also influenced me as well and changed my mindset of what it truly means to be a strong and independent woman.”
Angelina P. will be studying chemical engineering with a concentration in pharmaceuticals at Manhattan College. She was awarded the College’s Trustee Scholarship. “What caught my attention the most at Manhattan was the environment, both academic and the campus,” she says. “I really admired the way they shaped the engineering department where companies come to recruit students as early as sophomore year and prepare them for their careers. The professors seemed very passionate about their fields and preparing their students for the future…. The Lasalian Catholic values at Manhattan also reminded me of the Mercy tradition here at SCA and made me feel very at home."
She says the passion her teachers have for their fields have had an impact. “I definitely have to credit Mrs. Petrignani who constantly reassured me I was meant to be an engineer and to always challenge myself and take initiative. I also credit Mr. Yoon for encouraging me to strengthen my skills and helping me to stay determined to succeed both in my math classes and my academic career.”
Shima B. will be attending Fordham University in the fall to study computer science. She plans to focus on Cybersecurity and Video Game Design. With the Loyola Scholarship and the National Science Foundation ASPIRES Scholarship, she has earned $90,000 in scholarships over four years. “Fordham enables CS majors to earn experience in the field of IT by performing work-study in their IT Department. For those reasons, as well as their wide range of clubs, Fordham seemed like the perfect fit for me!”
“Out of all my teachers, Ms. Ross has had the most influence on me,” Shima says. “She was my art teacher in freshman, sophomore, and junior year. When I took AP 2D Art & Design in my junior year, Ms. Ross motivated me to try new things and think outside the box. She has truly taught me the importance of being able to take risks and I am extremely grateful for that.”
Safiyah A. will be attending CUNY John Jay and plans to major in forensic science. “My math and science teacher, Mr. Vuong, has been a big influence on me at SCA because he helps me realize my full potential and pushes me to my very limit, even when I think I can't reach it,” Safiyah says. “He helped cultivate my interest in STEM.”
She also credits her peers. “We push each other to do the very best academically and help each other when we're struggling. SCA provided a space for us to find healthy and hopefully lifelong friendships.”