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Alaisha Alexander

Alaisha Alexander

There are not enough words in the English language (or maybe even in language in general) to describe exactly how I feel about SAS. The School for Advanced Studies has become a home for me. Not only does it offer the rigor and opportunity of an academically advanced environment, it is also a place that fosters the growth of the individual student.

It is incredibly difficult to get lost in SAS because someone is always around who knows your name and cares about exactly what you’re up to. SAS is not the traditional experience but we are not deprived of anything. Our prom, dances, field trips, weekend hangouts, summer vacations, and all the free time in between is only enhanced by the amazing friends made who are truly like family. Although I have spent many a late night and sleepy morning working on assignments from our difficult high school and college courses, I wouldn’t trade any moment of my time here. With every late night came a new experience; every sleepy morning promised the encouragement of a friend or teacher who supported any goal I had a mind to set. Yes, the AP classes are difficult, the college classes are actually college-level, and the population smaller than most but these aspects make for a wholly individual experience with personal attention from teachers, intimate interactions with classmates, and challenges that prepare us for life beyond high school.

SAS gives us access to an array of advanced coursework unavailable at most high schools and personal attention that is invaluable when applying to college. We work on schedules, learn to talk to professors, and gain such skills that many don’t develop until their second year of college. Before coming to SAS, I had 2 AP classes from my freshman and sophomore year. I am now leaving with an Associate in Arts Degree, a panoply of memories and friends, and a future at my dream school, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Alaisha Alexander
School for Advanced Studies, Class of 2014
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Class of 2018

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