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Anna Baringer

CarterThere are a lot of reasons I choose to come to SAS: the academic rigor, the freedom to choose from an extensive class catalog, the AP and dual enrollment credits. However, what I never realized I wanted in a school, and what ultimately became most valuable to me, is the community I found at SAS that became my second home.The students and teachers at SAS simultaneously comfort you and challenge you. They push you, encourage you to grow, and most of all, help you realize your fullest potential.

By taking classes at MDC, you are given the freedom to discover your passions and develop a sense of responsibility for your own education. But when you need a break from feeling like a number amongst the other nameless college students, SAS is there to support you and to remind you of your place in our wacky family.

Sure, there were the rare days during finals week and college application season when I wondered whether or not I should have stayed at my home school. But on those days, I had my teachers and my peers to remind me of how much I had grown, how much I had learned about myself and the world around me, and how much that education is worth. And I never regretted my decision for a more than a minute.

Anna Baringer
School for Advanced Studies, Class of 2016 Barnard College, Class of 2020

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