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Why Did I Choose SLUH?

Ismael Karim '22 traveled across the Atlantic Ocean to attend SLUH, where he is taking full advantage of the opportunities given to him

My parents made the decision to come to America to give me some of the opportunities they never had. My mother is from a small island off the coast of Africa called Tenerife, and my father is from a small village in Pakistan. The opportunities they had in education and other areas were very limited. Today it is my job to make the best out of the opportunities given to me.

When looking for high schools, it was clear SLUH would provide me the best education and opportunities possible. By looking at the SLUH website, I could see all the amazing opportunities I could take advantage of, from joining a club to doing service. I also saw the courses available and was fascinated by the idea that my teachers would personalize lessons based on how their students are doing. Lastly, the sense of brotherhood at SLUH was like no other high school in the nation. The brotherhood and unity were best captured when I saw a video of the Running of the Bills. 

So far my experience at SLUH has been a roller coaster! Coming to SLUH freshman year was a challenge because I did not know anyone nor did I know what to expect. There was a lot SLUH had to offer and it was overwhelming at first, but as time went on I found a supportive friend group and teachers who have helped me identify what I am passionate about and how I can impact our community.

Currently I am the president of Hispanos y Latinos Unidos, president of the One World Club, head of developing partnerships for the energy team, member of STARS (Student-Teacher Association for Racial Studies), member of ACES (Association for Cultural Enrichment at SLUH), and member of the Medical Careers Club. Also, I have had the honor to attend sustainability conferences at Washington University in St. Louis, the Arrupe Leaders Summit in Mt. Harmon, California, and the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) Conference in Spokane, Washington – and I plan to attend the Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice Conference in Washington, D.C.

I am excited for all the new experiences that are still to come in the next two and a half years!

Ismael Karim '22 (front row, second from right) celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month with members of Hispanos y Latinos Unidos.

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