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Anastasia Tishena

Switching from a regular high school to a microcosm dubbed SAS has been BY FAR the greatest life decision I’ve ever made. SAS provided me the love and support I needed in order to craft the ideal high school experience—the first of many major experiences yet to come. The intimate and liberating environment has nourished my intellectual vitality and introduced me to the most brilliant and dedicated people I’ve met.

The diversity of students’ backgrounds, talents, and ambitions has widened my horizons. For the past 2 years, I’ve toiled alongside future leaders, mathematicians, doctors, lawyers, artists, and musicians--people whom I will continually admire and cherish. SAS teachers and staff have become my second moms and dads. Their instruction, criticism, support, understanding, humor, wit, and passion for their profession are unique treasures that I, along with all of my classmates, will forever appreciate.

The independence that is offered at SAS is the ultimate gem. In this school, I was treated as an adult, capable of making my own decisions. From class selection to time management to college applications—SAS molded me into a mature person who felt strong and bold enough to apply to the top rated universities in the country because she truly believed in herself and her capabilities. This liberation, 360 degrees of talent, and ever lasting support from students as well as teachers is what ultimately classifies SAS as my second home, my second family, and one of the most rewarding decisions I’ve ever made.

Anastasia Tishena
School for Advanced Studies, Class of 2016
Williams College, Class of 2020




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