Princeton Day School congratulates Megha Thomas '20 for earning a coveted National Merit Scholarship!
Megha earned her National Merit Scholarship from a field that stood at more than 16,000 semi-finalists across the country at the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year in September.
According to Megha, the wealth of opportunities PDS provided to explore and deepen her passions was a real catalyst to personal growth and her development as a scholar, and was instrumental in the strength of her National Merit Scholarship application. Throughout her PDS career, Megha earned several leadership positions, including being one of the Secretary Generals for the Model U.N. team, Co-Editor in Chief for the Spokesman and Secretary Treasurer for the Class of 2020.
"PDS provided so many more opportunities than I ever imagined and the teachers were so much more open and accessible than I ever thought they would be," Megha explained. "This helped me to explore and develop my interests. Without that exploration, I wouldn't be where I am right now in terms of what my passions and interests are and what I'm planning to explore when I get to college. That is one of the highlights and things that I am really grateful for from PDS, along with the amazing people I met along the way," Megha continued.
Among the teachers who had the biggest impact on her PDS career, Megha credits US Spanish teacher Michelle Simonds, who served as her advisor during senior year and Spanish teacher for three years, for pushing her out of her comfort zone. Megha noted, "Señora Simonds challenged me to do work I wasn't initially comfortable with and helped me gain the confidence to tackle more challenging things in the future. She was also a great support system who was there for me through basically all of my steps of high school."
Megha will continue her studies at the University of Pennsylvania this fall in the College of Arts and Sciences. She is planning to major in International Relations and Biology, but she also has interest in economics and philosophy, and knows that her course is not necessarily set. "I am definitely a planner in terms of short-term things, but in terms of long-term passions and interests, I want to take the road and see where it goes and what evolves there. I think that going into college with that type of open mindset is the best thing for me and seeing what actually interests me when I get there, much like I did at PDS."
Princeton Day School looks forward to celebrating Megha and every member of the Class of 2020 on Saturday, August 1, at their on-campus, invitation-only Commencement!