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Sophia Saenz

Sophia Saenz

SAS is known to be unique due to the incredible opportunity it provides for its students, allowing them to graduate with their AA degree before they receive a high school degree. However, SAS is much more than that. In my two short years here SAS has changed my life in ways I never thought possible. Both of my parents immigrated to the United States as adults, so they knew very little about the college process. I had no one to guide me through high school and was scared about the college application process. At SAS I received more help than I could ever imagine. My teachers would review my college essays, my counselor assisted me through the application process, and thanks to SAS, I had opportunities that I would not of had at a regular high school, such as the Hillary Clinton rally I got to attend. The adults at my school truly cared about me and prepared me for the future in ways a traditional school could never do. My teachers made sure I would succeed in their class, they would provide tutoring whenever needed, and dedicate their time to helping students. Honestly I have SAS to thank for many of my achievements.

Coming from a family where only my sister had gone to college in the United States, I was unaware of many of the opportunities that where available to students like me. I had no idea of all the resources that were within my reach. It was thanks to the emails that my counselor sent me that I became aware of all the options I had. They all contained information about internships and scholarships I could qualifie for. At SAS I was constantly informed of all the resources available to me. Suddenly, all the worries I had freshmen and sophomore year were gone.

SAS has taught me one of the most important lessons that I will carry with me for the rest of my life, and that was how to balance the different aspects of my life, such as my family life, academic life, and social life, and I could not be more grateful for that.  While the students are academically focused and there is no denying that, they are also regular kids. I can vent to my friends about how much I dislike Shonda Rhimes for killing George from Grey's Anatomy, but I can also ask them for help on a Calculus problem. I've been surround by students that have similar goals as me and this has inspired me to do better. At SAS students demonstrate that nothing is impossible and through hard work and dedication any dream can become a reality.

Sophia Saenz
SAS Kendall Campus, Class of 2017
University of Florida, Class of 2019

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