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  • Rethinking Africa: The staff of the African Advocacy Network includes Joe Sciarrillo, pictured here with Jean Elias Xavier, Director Aboudou Traore, Charles Jackson and Clementine Ntshaykolo outside their office in the Dolores Street Community Services building. They help a growing number of African immigrants to the Bay Area who may number as many as 50,000.
  • Retiring Pillars: SI’s faculty surprised Fr. Sauer in May with applause and flowers after the announcement of his reassignment.
  • The SI boys’ lacrosse team enjoyed what may have been best year since its founding nearly a quarter century ago. The lacrosse press ranked the team among the top 15 in the nation as SI turned in another undefeated season in league play – its fourth undefeated season since it joined the WCAL in 2010.
  • Richard Driscoll ’06, a performance engineer for Oracle Team USA that will defend the America’s Cup in September, is among the few locals hunkering down in Pier 80 off Marin Street, where they work 65-hour weeks to make sure that Ellison’s boat sails twice as fast as the wind and maneuvers with precision and power as it takes on challengers from around the world.
  • Retiring Pillars: Since the 1970s, Mary McCarty made sure Latin was a living language for students in her classes.
  • Rethinking Africa: Ira Shaughnessy ’00 spent two years in Ghana from 2007 to 2009 working with the Bormase helping with the cultivation of the Moringa tree, whose leaves are rich in vitamins.

Lifestyle

 

Dear Juniors

Nina Pappas ‘14
Contributing Editor

Welcome to the hardest year of your life! The dreaded junior year is here but no fear, it’s not actually as bad as it sounds. The summer entering my Junior Year, I was told plenty of horror stories: all-nighters, pop quizzes, insane homework, and worst of all… the SAT. So, to help you through all the ups and downs, here’s some tips from Seniors.

“Balance=the key to success. Yes it’s good to have honors and AP classes but at the same time, seize the year. With senior year coming up, try new things and be open to new opportunities,” says CJ Arenas ‘14. Sarah Mulchand ‘14 agrees, “Junior year can be hard. When you need to do work, put away those ipad games and get it done! At the same time, make sure you take time to relax and unwind.” It’s important to have a balance, so don’t forget to do the things that make you happy! That means if you want to take a half an hour off studying to bake, play a video game, go outside.. do it. It’s actually better for your brain to take little breaks in studying instead of one constant cram session.

 “Don’t procrastinate, stay on top of your stuff, if you're an athlete get in touch with coaches, but mostly have fun,” warns Armand Hernandez ‘14. That’s something we have all heard over and over again, but it is so true: it’s always better to get something done right away.“Be proactive,” echoes Julia McKeon ‘14. You will get a lot of projects during Junior Year so you will be in charge of dividing up your time. Don’t wait for the night before to do all the work!

“Don’t put off the SAT or ACT. They don’t take as much time as you think,” advises Liam McCarthy ‘14. You will hear this a lot, but it’s not really about the score or grade you get. What’s more important is what you learn because in ‘real life’ you need to be able to apply and use what you’ve learned. Taking these tests early shows you where you need to improve in case you need or want to take them again--besides getting them done takes a huge weight off your shoulders.

Sophie Napoli ‘14 admonishes, “Don’t be scared to ask your teachers questions!” “Take advantage of meeting teachers during resource, and if you feel stressed go buy a commons cookie,” concurs Michelle Lee ‘14. Instead of stressing out, just talk to your teachers—they are really understanding and are there to help you! And if you end up doing poorly on a test, don’t be afraid to ask if a retake is possible.

So Juniors, take a breath and relax.

Posted by on Monday October, 21, 2013

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