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Ricardo Torres-Garzón

Ricardo Torres-Garzón

Street poet and philosopher Jermaine Lamarr Cole once said: “there’s always going to be a bigger house somewhere, always going to be a car that's better than the one you have, always going to be clothes fresher than the ones you rock, always going to be a girl that's prettier out there on the tours, but you will never be happy until you love yours.”

Originally, when faced with the academic challenges SAS provides, I was quick to compare my accomplishments and capabilities to those of other students in an effort to fit in. The quality of ‘adapting to survive’ seemed to dominate how I viewed my place at SAS. However, I saw a different quality in my fellow peers as junior year progressed: the quality to thrive. I learned that valuing my identity would allow me to thrive rather than simply survive the adversity I would come to face in my time at SAS and afterwards in life. Every human has his or her exclusive identity, one to be harnessed as life progresses, and further shaped by experience. The cheerful moments shared with friends, stressful nights completing applications for universities and scholarships, and thoughtful conversations with college professors and high school teachers all evoked a sense of introspection that allowed myself and my peers to discover our interests, desires, and aspirations for future successes. Most of all, the impactful moments experienced at SAS provided a means to appreciate what each student, including myself, had to bring to the table: diversity.

Embracing diversity is the gateway to ‘love yours.’ To love your quirky personality, your smile with braces or without, your cultural background, your embarrassing friends and family, and much more. The places that embrace diversity are those that allow ourselves to feel most at home. Above all, it is in places that embrace diversity that we learn to love ourselves for who we are and cherish the unique talents with which we find our purpose in life. SAS is more than a school, it is a community teeming with knowledge of all trades. One that couples personal edification with thoughtful structure, and most importantly, one that encourages you to ‘love yours.’ SAS is home.

Ricardo Torres-Garzón
SAS Kendall, Class of 2017
Williams College, Class of 2021

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