Upper School Student Ambassadors
Get to know the Upper School Student Ambassadors as they reflect on their time at LJCDS. These leaders are representatives of the school who assist the admission office by touring, connecting with families and leading cross-divisional activities.
I started playing volleyball in my sophomore year because a friend encouraged me to try. It was hard to learn something new at first, but the seniors were very helpful. They taught me rules and techniques that allowed me to improve quickly. I still play volleyball with them over breaks and vacations.
I have grown both socially and academically. The smaller class sizes and the variety of athletic teams and flex/club options have allowed me to get out of my comfort zone socially. Academically, I've become a well-rounded student by gaining experience in different types of classes and subjects.
Our soccer team had an amazing run in 2023, winning CIF (California Interscholastic Federation) sectionals and moving on to regionals. The highs and lows of the season made it memorable and each moment with that team was valuable.
I tried courses in the innovation lab and enjoyed the tools and machines we have access to. I also joined the student-led economics and investment club where we were given a budget to invest in actual stocks as a class rather than studying the market from an outsider’s perspective.
Advice that I would give new high school students is to try as many flex/clubs and participate in as many extracurriculars as possible. They are a great way to gain new interests and create new friendships throughout the LJCDS community.
LJCDS has made me the person I am today. From a young age, I’ve been taught to be a strong student, a hardworking athlete and, most of all, a well-rounded person. I’ve tried new things and explored my interests because of everything Country Day offers. Being a Lifer has allowed me to create life-long relationships and grow within an incredibly supportive community.
I remember my first grade Poetry Cafe. We wrote poems and read them aloud to our parents while serving them food. In Ms. Brown’s class, we teamed up to see who could become the richest in California in the Gold Rush game.
I learned a lot about leadership and public speaking from joining the Model United Nations and Mock Trial teams. The Feminist Club is where I found my community, and my artistic passion was discovered when I tried filmmaking.
My teachers and coaches inspire greatness in me through their passion and their example. When a teacher is passionate, it is so clear, and it lights a spark in you. It makes you passionate about a class, subject or sport, which is what happened to me.
I would like to utilize my early experience as a neuroscientist to continue researching new therapies for the various global health crises plaguing humanity. I seek to be a part of interdisciplinary collaboration facilitating such discoveries.
I chose Country Day because the minute I stepped on campus I knew it was where I should be. Every person I talked to seemed genuinely interested in getting to know me. I knew I could be myself without any judgment whatsoever. It has been the best six years of my life.
I was fortunate to have Mrs. Pegels for math for two years because she helped me grow as a student and as a person. She encouraged me to keep an open mind on new learning strategies and to fall in love with the process of mastering new skills.
The Lucky Ducklings flex activity allows me to give back to the San Diego unhoused community, and I now serve in a leadership role. I also joined the LJCDS chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. It’s been a great outlet for me to grow in my faith during the busy school year.
I chose LJCDS when I came to Middle School because of the opportunities that it offers and the larger range of classes and sports I got to choose from. The community is just so special and it makes school a lot more enjoyable.
Thanks to the amazing opportunities in visual arts, I have been able to take independent filmmaking for three years. It surprised me how passionate and kind my teachers have been, and how I was able to meet other obsessive cinephiles like myself.
I joined the band class in freshman year to fulfill my art credit, but I didn’t know that I’d be participating in all four years of high school. The class has provided good times, fun people and a place to hone my musical skills.
Teamwork makes the dream work. It is very hard to make it through high school by yourself. Having sound relationships with your teachers and peers can make high school much easier. Feeling comfortable to ask those around you for help and advice is very important.
My best memories are the special activities like Rancho Fiesta Day and the Pilgrim Project that made learning fun and engaging and made us feel like we were a part of history. Olympic Day was another favorite with each class representing a different country and competing against our grade in different events.
I will miss the faculty and the community the most because they make the high school experience so much more enjoyable. Everyone genuinely cares about you and the teachers are passionate about the subjects they teach.
I would tell new high school students to spend time developing connections with their teachers and administrators. They’ll challenge you to be better and help you when it gets hard. Everyone acts with the student's interests at heart.
I have grown academically and socially. My teachers foster an environment to understand and apply everything we discuss in class. Outside of class, I made my closest friends in all the flex/clubs. I’ve learned how to lead and organize activities ranging from new student gatherings to lunch meetings for the Model United Nations Team.
Unique, welcoming and tightly-knit. I feel comfortable being whoever I want to be here. My voice is heard and my opinions are valued. I’ve never been a part of anything as special as the Torrey community, and I’m so grateful for it.
I want to be able to help others through challenging stages in their lives. This is one of the reasons why I would like to do something in the medical field; to be able to help better the lives of others.
I participated in and helped lead various STEM-related clubs including a mindfulness club, Future Doctors and Scientists, and USA Bio. I also love cinema and took the independent filmmaking elective course for two years. It taught me new methods of approaching short films and aspects of character development.
The teachers and coaches at LJCDS have been more than educators; they have been mentors and role models who’ve taught me that success is not solely defined by grades or accolades, but by the journey of self-improvement and continuous learning. By providing a nurturing and safe environment, they have empowered me to take risks and embrace challenges, knowing that failure is a part of the learning process.
The supportive community has played a pivotal role in fostering my self-confidence and allowing me to embrace my uniqueness. LJCDS has emphasized the importance of character development, teaching me valuable life skills like empathy, responsibility and resilience. As a result, I’ve become more socially aware and committed to giving back to the community through service initiatives.