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Melany Hernandez

Melany Hernandez

I remember passing by the large blue and white billboard advertising School for Advanced Studies. My first reaction was, “No way! I am not leaving my current school.” But, my curiosity got the best of me and soon enough I was at MDC’s testing center.

From the minute I walked into the hallway on the first day of school, I knew I would not regret my decision to attend SAS. Astonished to see charismatic individuals offering assistance as opposed to my previous institution’s sometimes rude demeanor, my first day of junior year felt like entering another universe in which I fit right in.

It has now been almost two years since then; I have just graduated Miami Dade College and will soon be graduating high school at SAS. I cannot help but ponder what would have happened if I would have stayed at my home school. I would have not been introduced to such intellectual individuals who sometimes leave me dazed with their knowledge. I would not have known about opportunities such as QuestBridge and fly-in programs. I would not have known what an Ivy League institution meant. In reality, I would not have been pushed to excel as much as I have during my time at School for Advanced Studies. And most of all, I would have not done it surrounded by teachers, classmates and administration who truly care and know me personally. It is incredible how one decision can shift your life entirely, I rate my experience a 10/10 and would recommend SAS to EVERYONE.

Melany Hernandez
SAS North Campus, Class of 2017
Emory University, Class of 2021

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