I think God brought me to LCA as a foreign/exchange student in 2010 because He cares and He had good things in store for me. I’m beyond humbled every time I look back at this unbelievable journey – all the changes to my plans and leaps of faith. He wanted me to discover my passion, to be in a supportive environment where my interests and strengths would help me flourish rather than hinder my growth, to be a good man, and to have a new life in every sense.
I struggled very hard in my 10th grade year, which caused me to transfer to LCA. It was simply the right place for me, and I excelled. After graduating from LCA, I went to New York University for my undergraduate degree and spent my Freshman year in Florence, Italy. I graduated Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude with a double major in Philosophy and Linguistics with Italian. In the fall of 2019, I will be starting a two-year MPhil program at Oxford this fall in Linguistics, Philology, and Phonetics.
My favorite things about LCA were the tight-knit “family,” and the academics, and choir! I made friends with kids of all ages and almost all the teachers knew me on a personal level. It’s important in life to know how to connect with people who are not in your peer group. It really did feel like a family. Fellow students, Robert Cregg, Joshua Sardinha, and Mike Higgins are still among my dearest friends. The teachers left such a huge impact on me. I loved how much respect went into learning. It was never about immediate gain or simply passing the class. There is merit in every bit of knowledge and we should treat it as an end itself. It is worth knowing for the sole reason that it can be known. This mindset helped me through difficult material later on in college.
I know firsthand that the Humanities program more than prepared me…I’ve actually lost count of the times something is being presented that I already know because of LCA. One time I actually asked my mom to find my LCA notebook when we were studying Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics in college and I breezed through that part of the course. Many of my classmates even came to me for help to study for finals when the time came.
Another time, a teacher complimented me after a perfect score on a midterm exam in “Social Foundations.” She knew English was my second language and said, “there wasn’t even a punctuation mark” missed and asked me where I had gone to school. I told her about LCA and she said, “Well, tell your teachers that they did a great job.”
Recently, I had a conversation with an interesting gentleman in Virginia who mentioned G. K. Chesterton’s The Everlasting Man. I told him I had read the book in high school and in fact, used it as my senior-year book report. He was so impressed that it even made me feel a bit awkward. I told him about the Humanities program at LCA and he said he was glad that I had gotten the chance to receive that kind of education because it is rare in secondary schools nowadays in America