Alumni Spotlight:  Luke Curley, Long Island Graduate, 2015

Luke Curley, one of the first Aquinas Learning senior graduates, finished at the Aquinas Learning Long Island Center in 2015—a year early—and was accepted to Ave Maria University in Florida.

However, because of his age, he, with his parents, decided it best to take a gap year to work before heading to college. The strategy behind the gap year was to acquire some real-life work experience for his resume and leave for college at the appropriate time, not a year early. Luke spent his time interning with the state office in New York for U.S. Congressman Lee Zeldin (NY-1), took Japanese and two other courses, and worked 30 hours a week teaching karate. He was invited to the Honors Program at Ave Maria University in Florida where he now studies Humanities.

Words of wisdom from Luke to current seniors would be to “really put your all into this last year and make it worth it. The only thing I really could have done differently would be to study more than I did. Aquinas helped me to think critically and gave me learning tools that set me up for college.”


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