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David Fernandez

David Fernandez

Admittedly, I was very unsure about making the decision to come to the School for Advanced Studies. Maybe I wouldn't fit in. Maybe the workload would be too much to handle. Maybe I would be sacrificing my high school experience. Two years later as I count down the days to graduation, I couldn't have been farther from the truth. I can confidently say that I would not be the person I am today had it not been for my time at SAS.

I feel as if before coming to SAS, I received very little guidance or motivation to succeed. College was an afterthought, and anything beyond high school (or beyond sophomore year for that matter) was unclear. My story goes to show that no, not everyone coming into SAS has the next 10 years of their life planned out, so don't feel intimidated. SAS gave me resources that helped steer me in the right direction toward my passions and goals. Exploring actual college classes, one-on-one time with my counselor, and support from my teachers and classmates only begin to describe the help that I am fortunate enough to have received as an SAS student.

I'd like to emphasize that last point - support from friends and teachers. By far, it is the people at SAS that truly make it an amazing place to be. The teachers I have worked with - including those from other campuses - have all been the best I have ever had. Each and every one is willing to go great lengths to ensure that you not only learn something, but that you are prepared to succeed beyond SAS. As for my peers, being surrounded by so much talent is motivating, and it will push you to become the best you that you can be. In my two years as an SAS student, I have made friendships that will last a lifetime. Plus, my classmates are going to be really rich and successful one day, so I can brag and say I went to high school with them.

I am so proud to be a graduate of the SAS Class of 2017, and the school, students, and teachers will always hold a special place in my heart.

David Fernandez
SAS Homestead Campus, Class of 2017
University of Pennsylvania, Class of 2021

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