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Jeronimo Martinez

Lien Morcate

Attending SAS (specifically Wolfson) has been an incredible and fulfilling experience. I first came here because I was tired of my old school and wanted something new and different. Initially, however, I was hesitant because of how small the school was- the high school I was coming from had more than 3200 students. It was strange, then, coming to SAS with 110 students but in the end, it has made all of the difference. Being in such a small school, I was able to grow close with my teachers and have genuine conversations with them about topics completely unrelated to the class; teachers became friends and mentors rather than instructors exclusively teaching their subject. Similarly, the students all felt like family and them being so motivated, intelligent, and friendly made the SAS community close-knit and collaborative. The friends that I have made here have been among the most amazing people I’ve met and I will sincerely miss all of them after graduation.

Also, while this is an untraditional high school, it gives students much more independence than is given at other schools, allowing us to grow and better prepare for life after graduation (and yes, we do have the typical high school events like prom, senior brunch, class trips, etc.). SAS serves as a stepping stone into a university; taking courses at MDC has given me the opportunity to take unique classes not offered in high school and exposed me to the structure and style of college classes to be better prepared for a postsecondary education.

The work load of SAS was rigorous and extensive because you’re constantly juggling between high school assignments, college exams, applications, standardized tests, and so forth. In the end though, coming here has been an incredible two year journey that I wouldn’t have changed for anything else. Go White Tigers ’15.

Jeronimo Martinez
School for Advanced Studies, Class of 2015
University of Chicago, Class of 2019

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