Kate

IN WHAT GRADE DID YOU JOIN PACE? 
Sixth Grade 

WHAT ACTIVITIES ARE YOU INVOLVED IN AT PACE?
Model UN Executive Board, Cross Country, Track, Girls Who Code, Drawing and Painting. Of them all, Model UN is one of my favorite extracurriculars. The speeches and social networking we do in committee procedures have really improved my public speaking. Best of all, this skill has made me far more confident in my everyday conversations, and I’ve found it easier to state my opinion and get my points across.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE PACE? 
The welcoming atmosphere! When I shadowed at Pace, everyone did their best to show me around and make sure I felt comfortable. I never felt like the “new kid“!

HOW HAVE YOU GROWN DURING YOUR TIME AT PACE? 
Pace has really allowed me to embrace all my interests and come out of my shell. I’ve discovered what I like to do and have been able to pursue those interests. For example, after taking AP Computer Science Principles, I realized I really enjoy coding. I then joined the perfect club at Pace that would allow me to further explore this: Girls Who Code! This goes for almost all interests at Pace, and so I’ve really been able to feel encouraged about being myself.

WHY SHOULD PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS BE INTERESTED IN PACE? 
Prospective students should be interested in Pace because of all the opportunities it offers. Pace has a platform for more interests and activities than I thought possible, and if your favorite still isn’t offered at Pace, you can easily form a club and support from teachers. Pace makes community service extremely easy to get involved in, as it does with clubs, visual arts, sports, and musical interests. In addition to cultivating hobbies, Pace also offers international experience as part of its ICGL program. And leadership roles are always available, as long as students have the initiative to take them. Being able to explore all different interests has definitely made my time at Pace unique! 

WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR FAVORITE CLASS? 
My favorite class has been Ms. Stevens’ Ancient World History class in ninth grade. I have a bizarre obsession with Greece and Rome, and this was the perfect class to embrace that. In the classroom, we were able to discuss the Ancient Greek philosophies of Socrates, Plato, and of Stoicism. At the end of the year, we did a project on a Roman emperor, and I was able to write about my favorite historical figure, Marcus Aurelius. And over the summer, Ms. Stevens led a book club on “Roma“ by Stephen Saylor, in which we were able to take a closer look at the daily lives of Roman citizens during the Republic era. Overall, Ms. Stevens’s class expanded my knowledge in what was already my favorite subject which was so fun to experience!