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Myles Lopez

Myles Lopez

A lot of people come to SAS alone, like I did. The close friends and stellar academic record you forged in the last two years at your old school are suddenly dimmed as you take the spotlight, front and center on an unfamiliar stage. What will you do next? Run and hide, or connect and thrive? Under tremendous pressure, you are partial to the former. But because you’ve learned to confront pressure and use it to your advantage your entire life, the latter prevails. SAS is kind of an odd school because everyone here functions similarly. Where else would you find this?

We are challenged with the toughest classes, the most rigorous workloads—then in another two years, we’re in our first semesters of college after SAS, often at the best schools in the state or country. Just like that. And all of the people that you met in SAS are still your closest friends. We bonded over being scared of what’s to come. We crammed for the AP Macroeconomics exam together and triumphed with 4’s and 5’s. We found our dream schools. We met rejection. We sat through a college-level Calculus 2 class that met at 7 a.m. and left with A’s and B’s. We met opportunities we could not take up. We cried. We made the heart-wrenching, exciting decisions of what schools we will be attending in the Fall of 2017. SAS was truly our Dream Factory because it gathered talented people from all over the county and gave us the opportunity to realize our dreams. SAS taught me that I will succeed no matter where I go. No matter what stage we’re on, or how blinding the spotlight, the White Tigers will prove victorious.

Myles Lopez
SAS North Campus, Class of 2017
University of Florida, Class of 2019

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