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Isachaly Campusano

Isachaly Campusano

Leaving my old school and coming to SAS is one of the best decisions I have ever made. Although I took dual enrollment courses there, I had no say in which those were. I was forced to take classes that did not interest me nor help me further my education in my field of interest: criminology. I felt trapped inside an agenda that did not stimulate or challenge my mind. I was looking for an escape, and the SAS academic rigor and freedom were just what I needed.

While I knew I was making the right choice, I still came into SAS scared that I wouldn't be able to handle the pressure and I'd have my nose stuck in a textbook all the time, along with other doubts. These concerns were soon alleviated by the welcoming faculty who made sure I was not only learning, but engaged in the curriculum in a fun way. Sure enough, I did.

I took advantage of everything SAS offered. I took classes relating to my field, such as Introduction to Criminal Justice and Human Behavior in Criminal Justice. SAS also gave me the opportunity to intern with the CSI division of the Miami Police Department, since I had an open spot in my high school schedule. SAS exposed me to different cultural and philosophical perspectives that broadened my mind and helped me think critically. Not to mention, I did not expect to make friends with like-minded individuals who aspire to leave a mark in this world and also walk around campus bursting out singing '90s R&B and Disney movie theme songs. They served as my support system and pushed me to reach for the stars, but also kept me in touch with reality.

SAS impacted me in a way that the old me could not dream possible. It allowed me to explore different academic disciplines while also solidifying my passion for criminology. SAS paved the way for me to succeed in a world that does not expect much from women of color. I am sincerely thankful for all of the lessons I've learned and skills I've picked up. For this reason, SAS will always hold a special place in my heart.

Isachaly Campusano
SAS Wolfson Campus,  Class of 2017
University of Pennsylvania,  Class of 2021

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