Jae Sichel

Elementary School: Community School
College: Mount Holyoke College
Major: I am currently undecided…so until I know, I plan to study EVERYTHING
What is your dream job?
I don’t know what I want to eat for lunch today. How can you expect me to know what I want to do with the rest of my life. I might want to be a forensic anthropologist, or journalist, or genetic counselor, or botanist, or writer, or architect, or photographer, or musician, or pediatrician, or engineer, or pilot, or something else entirely. All I know is that I want to do something meaningful with my life. I want to make the world a better place while having fun and enjoying what I’m doing.

“CHS fosters growth and learning, and is more of a community than a school.”

Who was your favorite teacher or administrator during your time at CHS? What subject did they teach? What made her or him special?

Teachers are not show dogs to be judged and ranked. It is impossible to look back on the past four years and try to pick one particular teacher to be considered a “favorite.” Some teachers might stand out because of their humor, kindness, or unique teaching style. However, every teacher at CHS is dedicated to their students. Every teacher that I have had, to some extent, has helped to shape how I perceive school, myself, and the world.

 

What is something about CHS that people might not know, but should?

The most important things that a student will learn will not be taught in a classroom. Teamwork, honesty, respect, diligence, self motivation, responsibility, selflessness, and courage will not be taught in class. Students learn these things on the sports field, in an after school club, by talking to teachers and staff after class, and by hanging out with their friends. CHS fosters growth and learning, and is more of a community than a school.

What advice would you give to next year’s ninth grade students coming to CHS?

Find balance.
Seek independence but understand that support is always available.
Work hard but always take time to have fun.
Spend time with family and friends, but also spend time in solitude.
And above all:
Know what your limits are, but strive to push past them.

What makes CHS special? Why?

From an outside perspective looking in, CHS may appear to be a typical public high school. We have good test scores and high graduation rates, but statistics will only tell you so much. What makes CHS special is not the fact that we have over 20 AP classes available, new astroturf on the football field, or swanky new Chromebooks. What makes CHS special are the people. CHS is not perfect; we have our ups and downs. But at the end of the day, we are a community of dedicated students, teachers, administrators, and staff that support each other no matter what.