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Lauren Paulet

Lauren Paulet

I was originally one of those students who was not compelled to attend the School for Advanced Studies... obsessing over the minutiae of the "high school experience" as an opportunity cost. Witnessing the other intelligent students transferring to SAS from my school, I was stubbornly certain that I could perform well and reach the capstone of my old high school without much effort if I had stayed- an undoubtedly easier route. I threw away the SAS brochure...not knowing my mother had swiftly saved the trash that would become my treasure.

After the relentless persuasion by my parents and several days of deliberation, SAS became the attractive counter to the stagnating academic environment I was a part of. Six months past the deadline and one very tardy application submission later, I received my status: waitlisted...precariously teetering on the edge of an opportunity that would transform the course of my life. Only fate could decide for me, and I'm forever grateful the odds fell in my favor.

The benefits of increased academic freedom journeyed alongside the stressors of an unorthodox education. It'd be a lie to say that there weren't times when I was pushed out of my comfort zone, or became intimidated by the thought of failure. These were the moments that provided for the greatest amount of growth, surrounded by a supportive family away from home.

I often ponder the thought of where I would be today, had I not tested my abilities and held high aspirations at SAS. Would I have flown off to attend the fly-in program at the university I am now attending? Would I have had the same personal interactions with the deans of admissions at prestigious institutions? Would I have held the same confidence in myself to even apply to colleges outside of my perceived league? Not likely...

The Latin saying "Veritas vos liberabit" translates in English to "The truth shall set you free". The truth is that SAS is an unparalleled institution that grants each and every scholar the freedom to mold their potential into reality. SAS has served as the nexus to my success, to my future and to the world.

Lauren Paulet
SAS North Campus, Class of 2017
Johns Hopkins University, Class of 2021

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