When it comes to academics, OLMA freshmen, Catherine Thomas, is about as focused as it gets. While she loves art, music, singing, and sports, her top priority as a freshmen is to get as solid a start academically as possible. "So far, so good," said Catherine who credits her teachers for much of her success. "I love the teachers here because they are always willing to help," she said. "They really care about us doing well."
Catherine also finds comfort in the fact that she feels at home and accepted at OLMA. "In the past, I sometimes had trouble fitting in, but that's not the case here," she said. "I have many friends at OLMA who share similar priorities and goals. We bring out the best in each other and provide lots of support. Plus, it's much easier to focus because we're all girls."
Catherine's favorite class is Financial Literacy. "I like that it's realistic," she said. "In the beginning of the year, we each created a family that we're responsible for. We're getting a taste of what it takes to support a family. We're also developing important financial management skills like how to bank, use credit cards and file tax returns." Catherine also enjoys Art Class and is currently working on a project for the school's Art Auction set for this spring.
The one extra-curricular activity that Catherine is involved in this year is Debate Club. In fact, she was one of the students who founded it. When she's not in school, Catherine enjoys photography and coding. "I love to create new things, which is one of the reasons I enjoy learning to code," she said. Catherine also takes great pride in her family's heritage and finds time to immerse herself in Indian culture.
As she looks toward her Sophomore year, Catherine hope to join the track team and get involved in a few more clubs. For now, though, she's sticking to hitting the books -- something we're sure will continue to serve her well.