Livin’ one semester at a time


Paige Parks

While many Cedar Park attendees find themselves stuck in the second semester rut that seems to plague students each year, junior Heather Sieger will be spending her last half of the 2013-2014 school year at a semester school in Wisconsin. Sieger, who attended a semester school the previous year in Maine, developed an interest for semester schools when a friend referred her.

“It sparked my interest because it was so out of the ordinary,” Sieger said of her first semester school, Coastal Studies for Girls. “The focus on marine science and leadership adventure was appealing since I want to be an ocean conservationist.”

The all-girl school, consisting of 15 students, brought girls from numerous states together to learn while being fully immersed in marine science.

“I loved it because of the close relationships we made in the community, not only with the girls, but with the faculty and staff as well,” Sieger said. “We all bonded and have kept up incredible relationships, even though we’re hundreds, maybe thousands, of miles away from one another.”

This semester, Sieger is focusing more inland than Maine, and is attending a school in Wisconsin. She will be attending this school, whose focus is environmental science, with a fellow classmate from her previous year in Maine.

“I’m very excited to learn about conservation and study another environment to be able to see how they are all interconnected in some ways,” Sieger said. “A friend from Coastal Studies Girls is attending with me and I can’t wait to see her.”

For Sieger, the rest of her high school career, she hopes, will be comprised of different semester schools. In the fall of 2014, Sieger plans to attend a school in Nevada City, CA and she hopes to attend another semester school in the spring of 2015.

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