As a graduate of Woodland Country Day School, OLMA sophomore, Corinne Shields, is no stranger to close-knit learning environments. It was one of the things she liked most about Woodland and part of what made OLMA the perfect fit for high school. “The difference was the all-girls part,” said Corinne. “At first, I wasn’t so sure if I was going to like being with just girls, but once I got here, it was no longer an issue. We are so comfortable and focused on what we’re doing that we don’t miss having boys around at all.”
Corinne is not alone. In fact, you’d be hard pressed to find an OLMA student who disagrees. Corinne is also a big fan of her teachers. “I love all of the teachers,” she said. “They are here for whatever we need.” While Corinne says she enjoys all of her classes, her favorite is U.S. History with Mrs. Blackshear. “Mrs. B takes a storytelling approach to teaching History, which really works for me,” she said. “It keeps the material interesting and brings it to life in a special way.”
When it comes to academics as a whole, Corinne is dedicated to doing her best. “The academics are challenging here and getting more challenging all the time as Mrs. Coyle continues to add new courses at higher levels,” she said. “We have to work hard, but I think it’s great.” Earlier this week, sophomores got their first look at the course catalog for next year and were pleasantly surprised by all of the choices. Corinne says she’s especially excited to take Advanced Placement courses as a junior.
In addition to academics, Corinne is grateful for OLMA’s athletics program. “There are 13 sports and everyone gets to play,” she said. “I’ll be playing softball again this year and can’t wait for it to start.” Right around the time that softball season draws to a close, Corinne with join 29 other OLMA students on the Mini-Mester to Canada.
Mini-Mesters are new this year and provide an additional experiential component to the school’s curriculum. “I’ve never traveled outside of the country, so I’m excited about experiencing another culture and seeing new and different things,” said Corinne, who selected this trip from a catalog of more than a dozen options.
Looking ahead, Corinne isn’t sure about career plans. “I haven’t found that one thing just yet, but I think it will be coming soon now that junior year is right around the corner,” she said. “Everything is moving so fast and I feel like I just got here. That’s why it’s so important to work hard and do your best from day one.” Good advice, Corinne. Congratulations on doing just that.