Meet Owen, class of 2021
Hello! Ni hao! I'm Jingqi 'Owen' Tu and I'm originally from Beijing, China. I graduated from Thornton Academy in 2021 and am currently studying Physics at the University of Rochester. For the past four years, Thornton Academy has been my home and it is my pleasure to share my TA experience with you.
Thornton Academy is so much more than a school. Yes, the classes are challenging, the course offerings are varied, and the teachers supported my learning in so many ways, but it is what's outside the classroom that truly makes Thornton Academy so special.
Below, you'll read about my participation in sports and clubs and the wonderful people that I was able to connect with through these activities. I know that as I go off to college, I'll be able to smile as I reminisce about all of the memories of laughter and shared experiences that I've had.
My experiences as a boarding student at Thornton Academy were unforgettable. The dorm parents really became like a second family to me - they supported me during my soccer seasons, comforted me when I was homesick, and provided guidance as I went through the college search process. The dorms at Thornton Academy are so international, there are kids from all over the world. I know I made friends that I'll stay in touch with for years to come.
I think that I made the most of my time at Thornton Academy. I hope that you enjoy learning about my experience and that you add Thornton Academy to your list of schools to apply to. I know that I wouldn't be the person I am today if it hadn't been for all of the different experiences that I was able to have at this amazing school.