OLP Senior Student Spotlight
As the oldest high school and only all-girls’ school in San Diego County, the Academy of Our Lady of Peace has been educating the next generation of women leaders and innovators for 137 years. Impressively, 100 percent of Academy of Our Lady of Peace graduates go on to pursue higher education. As the class of 2019 prepares to take flight from OLP, senior Ivana Letayf Lazo de la Vega ’19 shares her goals, aspirations, and words of advice.
Ivana was accepted to seven colleges and universities across the U.S. including Claremont McKenna College, Cornell University, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Pepperdine University, University of San Diego, University of Southern California, and Wellesley College. She garnered more than $200,000 in merit-based scholarships and has committed to Cornell University in the fall, where she said she fell in love with the school instantly.
Ivana’s academic focus is in Industrial and Labor Relations with a minor in International Relations. “From the student internships, summer employment opportunities, study abroad programs, to the research fellowships, Cornell gives me the worldly experience I want,” Ivana shared with Giving Back Magazine. “Cornell’s curriculum, advanced electives and opportunities to work with diverse institutions were very attractive to me.”
During her time at OLP, Ivana excelled in her academic endeavors while balancing numerous co-curricular opportunities. Ivana served as a Peer Tutor, a Student Ambassador and the Commissioner of Mission and Ministry, which included leading students in daily prayer. She also co-founded the G.I.V.E. club (Get Involved, Value Experience), which empowers students to serve their local community. She also participated in French Club, Mock Trial, Peace Commission and the Speech and Debate team.
“OLP has transformed me into a confident woman and I feel well prepared to pursue my dreams,” Ivana shared proudly. “OLP is a special place that builds leaders and changemakers by fostering an environment where students are challenged and supported.” Her advice for younger students? Branch out, take risks and don’t be afraid to ask for help!
“Take advantage of all the opportunities you have around you. At OLP, it is impossible not to get involved,” Ivana said. “Try something new! If it seems interesting, go for it. If you find out later it’s not your thing, that’s ok! High school is about discovering yourself and finding passions that translate to the greater good of society.”
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