But, according to the DeKalb resident, that is exactly how he prefers it.
Steinfeld was recently named the private school’s 2013 STAR Student, and rightfully so. In addition to achieving a high SAT score and being in the top 10 percent of his class, Steinfeld serves on Pace’s Student Advisory Board, is a peer tutor, participated in Model United Nations and the Knights Capitol Club, is an active member of the Upper School chorus, Octet and Troubadours ensembles and has performed in the school’s recent productions of “Curtains” and “West Side Story.”
He also teaches monthly cotillion classes and is involved at The Temple, where he serves as a Trope reader during Sabbath services. He is also a national finalist for the Bronfman Youth Fellowship in Israel, was selected for the Governor’s Honors Program for French in 2012, received the Frank Smith Woodling Community Service Award and the Columbia University Book Award, just to name a few.
One would think all of those activities are enough for one person, but in addition, Steinfeld also runs cross country, is a member of the swimming and diving team and plays varsity baseball for the Pace Knights.
“I’ve learned over the course of high school how to handle [my schedule],” said Steinfeld. “At my school we have a rotating schedule and sometimes I’ll use that time to do homework.”
He added he gets his organizational skills from his father and his parents support all of his endeavors.
During his sophomore year, Steinfeld began the Baking for Breast Cancer project, which is his most important one to date.
“Staring my sophomore year, I organized Baking for Breast Cancer,” he said. “About 150 kids participate and we have monthly bake sales to raise money for the National Breast Cancer Foundation.”
To date, the organization has raised $10,510 for the foundation. The baked goods, which include cookies, cakes and brownies, are sold during school with different students signed up to man the sale throughout the day.
Steinfeld said part of his motivation for staying active is that he does not like to have too much down time.
“I like to be busy, stay involved,” he said. “I came to Pace in ninth-grade. There were so many opportunities, so I decided to do as much as I could. I’ve done more than I thought I could handle.”
As for his future goals, Steinfeld has received a few post-secondary acceptance letters from the University of Georgia, Georgia Tech and the University of Michigan. He is waiting to hear from a few Ivy League institutions, with Harvard being his No. 1 choice.
Steinfeld’s ultimate career goal is to become a CEO of a Fortune 500 company.