New sophomore Charles Thomas.

NKOTB: Sophomore prefers Country Day’s seminar-style classes to Jesuit’s lectures

Sophomore Charles Thomas transferred from Jesuit High School to SCDS on Jan. 30.

Q: Why did you decide to transfer?

A: I heard this was a really academically challenging school, and I wanted the challenge. You guys have good scores on tests, so I wanted to be a part of the Country Day experience.


(Photo used by permission of Thomas)
New sophomore Charles Thomas.

Q: How has your time here been so far?

A: I’ve enjoyed it. (There is a) lot of makeup work, but other than that it’s been pretty fun. All the teachers are really nice.


Q: Do you have a favorite class yet?

A: Probably Anatomy and Physiology. It’s a fun class, (and) it’s a more hands-on environment with labs.


Q: Is science your favorite subject?

A: Science and math are two of my favorites. My favorite science would have to be biology.


Q: What is the biggest difference between Country Day and Jesuit?

A: This school is coed, and it’s a lot smaller. The size of the sophomore class is (about) the size of one of my regular classes at Jesuit, so it’s a big difference. (But) the classes (here) are a lot more engaging. At SCDS, the classes are more of a seminar than a lecture, and I believe the communication of a topic through a conversation is more beneficial than communication through a speech.


Q: Do you play any sports?

A: I played football at Jesuit for two years. I know (there is no) football team (here), so I’m going to try to get on the track team.


Q: Any siblings or pets?

A: I have two dogs, one boy (and) one girl. They’re both miniature pinschers. I have one brother and one sister – I’m the youngest of three. My sister (goes to) St. Francis High School, and my brother is homeschooled.


Q: What is your favorite thing about Country Day so far?

A: Probably just hanging out with the people here. It’s very welcoming. I’m looking forward to meeting new people (because) right now I’ve met mostly only sophomores.


Q: What do you like to do in your free time?

A: I don’t really watch TV or listen to music at all, (but) I read a little bit. I try to learn as much as I can. I wasn’t able to take AP Biology here since I transferred out of Jesuit, so I study that on my own now.


Q: Was there anything else hard about transferring in the middle of the school year?

A: Just getting caught up (with) all the classes. But since the semester just started, I kind of got lucky.


Q: What are your favorite books?

A: “Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo” and “Killing Patton.” (Historical literature) is my favorite genre.

By Sarina Rye

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