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Yvenide Belizaire

When I arrived at School for Advanced Studies (SAS) I was simultaneously inspired and intimidated. I would look out among the crowd of students to find them all engaged in the lesson; this is to be expected because SAS is a community of highly dedicated students, but I’d never seen this anywhere else. SAS was definitely challenging, when I first arrived my "best" suddenly wasn't earning me the A that I expected. SAS was not an easy journey; I remember sobbing to my counselor and teacher about how I felt like I was lagging behind in my math class. They both showed me a paramount amount of support, and reassured me to keep trying. That’s one of the life lessons I’ve taken away from SAS; to remain persistent in the midst of difficulties.

Additionally, the variety of courses offered at SAS and MDC allowed me the opportunity to learn more about the world and most importantly about myself. Before SAS I was shy, but I stand confidently today because of the amazing clubs that gave me opportunities to speak and the wonderful teachers who encouraged it. Most significantly, SAS offered me a variety of resources that helped me bridge the gap from a low income first generation student to getting accepted to an amazing liberal arts school. The wonderful counselors and teachers continuously guided me through my junior year feeling of inadequacy, through my senior year fears of rejection and now as I embark on an new journey, I have no doubt that the SAS community will continue to stand with me.

Yvenide Belizaire
SAS North Campus,  Class of 2017
Hamilton College, Class of 2021

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