Friday, June 19, 2015

Senior Spotlight: Juliet from Summit Tahoma

As we continue our senior spotlights, this week we share with you Juliet’s favorite memories and reflections from her time at Summit Tahoma, as well as her college plans.

Juliet says her one piece of advice to other students is, "take advantage of the time you have at Summit with your mentor.  Your mentor will help you as much as they possibly can. They will reach out to colleges, and help you in every aspect of your life."
What does the future have in store for you?
I officially committed to Westmont College in Santa Barbara. Making the decision wasn’t easy. I was choosing between two of my dream schools: Pepperdine University and Westmont. Recently, I took part in an overnight stay at Westmont, which convinced me it was the perfect college to attend. I had an opportunity to sit in on a social justice class where the students were engaged in a debate. It was wonderful seeing the student perspective in and outside of the classroom. Westmont has also awarded me the Dean Scholarship and a few grants!
What will you major in and why?
As I was looking for schools, my mentor, Megan Toyama, encouraged me to apply with a major in mind. She asked me to describe what type of career I would want in the future and consider the subjects and experiences I’ve enjoyed in the past. This made me realize that I valued the experience I had interning with my church last summer. I worked with their communications team on community outreach. I had an opportunity to interact with new visitors, speak with them about their faith, and analyze how we can improve our outreach strategy to get people more involved in the church community.That is why I applied directly to the Communications major at Westmont.
What is one of your favorite memories from Summit Tahoma?
This year, while all the seniors were all applying to college, we had a weekly meeting on Fridays in Summit West where we checked in on everyone’s college application process. Anyone who was accepted to college wrote it down and put it up on the wall for everyone else to see. The whole room would clap and cheer for you during these celebrations. This year, in particular, there are a lot of memories that I will reflect on for many years to come.
As graduation nears, what are your reflections about your time at Summit Tahoma?
Ms. Toyama has been my mentor since Freshman year. She’s been very mindful about getting to know all students in our mentor group on a personal level.  She knows how involved I am with my school and church communities. She also knew that I wanted to stay close to home because family is an important part of my life. This year, she proofread all the essays I submitted and wrote amazing recommendations for the schools I applied to. If I didn’t have Miss Toyama as a mentor,  I wouldn’t be where I am now. It really was the support from her and my entire mentor group that led to this. It’s going to be very emotional on graduation for all of us.

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