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Javier Cuadra

Javier CuadraSchool for Advanced Studies (SAS) is such a unique experience that I am grateful for having the opportunity to enjoy. The transition from a high school with over 3,000 kids to a school of around 100 is almost equivalent to a culture shock. Everybody becomes relevant in your life when at any other high school, you can never expect to know about every person. Likewise, all the teachers become friends, offering assistance, advice, and an open ear whenever you need one. These are vital pieces, I feel, of a prospering scholar. I could not have gotten as far as I have without every person I have encountered at SAS.

SAS has been a blank slate where I have been able to reshape myself into my own person instead of the person I was expected to be at my old school. I got the opportunity to make new friends and experience exciting adventures with people with whom I have common interests. These people have helped build me up, and I helped them grow as people as well. I know for a fact that the people I met at SAS will continue to help me grow and will one day be successful business owners, doctors, lawyers, engineers, professors, nurses, and whatever else they want to be along with lifelong friends that I will share continuous memories with.

Overall, SAS has been a blessing. I could not have asked for a better experience. If I had to identify something wrong with SAS, it is that it is too short. Two years is all we have, but that is a blessing in it of itself since SAS teaches us the valuable life lesson that all good things must one day come to an end. But when the door of SAS finally closes, the door to colleges and universities open widely. For these things, I am grateful for leaving the calm waters of my home school to the turbulent tides of SAS and MDC.

Javier Cuadra
School for Advanced Studies, Class of 2016 Northwestern University, Class of 2020

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