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Transferring into St. Francis Prep.
Emily Engstler ‘18
Emily is currently a senior at St. Francis Prep and a member of our school’s basketball program. In October, Emily announced her commitment to Syracuse University. Emily is ranked as the 11th player overall in her class, the 2nd best player at her position and the top player in New York. She picked the Orange over Rutgers, Ohio State, Miami and Purdue.
Transferring schools at any age is harsh and can even be uncomfortable. Many questions pop into your head: will I make new friends? will people like me? will I be able to keep my grades up here? These questions are normal and understandable in this situation. Change can be frightening; it can even be intimidating.
When I first walked into St. Francis Prep, I thought “wow.” It was huge. It was a well-kept school with beautiful classrooms, and my favorite part, a great basketball gym. As I stared at the gym floor, I pictured my future here at St. Francis Prep. Making new friends was simple and easy; everyone was friendly and thoughtful. The basketball team took me under their wing, and we became a family instantaneously. The teachers amazed me because I noticed how every teacher made a huge effort to care for each student individually and to help the class as a whole learn the subject at hand.
Within my first year at Prep, I felt comfortable, safe, and excited. I was excited for the seasons I would have here, the classes I would take, my future at St. Francis Prep School. This is when I realized change isn’t so bad after all, at least not at Prep. Between the lifelong friendships I made and the athletic accomplishments I achieved here, I know that I made a great decision to become a Terrier.
"High School is 4 years; St. Francis Prep is forever."
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