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Danny Gelman

Carter I have never enjoyed my time at any school as much I have at School for Advanced Studies, home to unparalleled academics, a tight knit community, and priceless memories.

One of the main reasons I chose SAS was its academic environment. We get the freedom to choose our MDC courses and when to take them, allowing individual interests and needs to be met. Still, we are not fully college students, so we are guaranteed to see our fellow high school classmates everyday during our set AP curriculum. We are able to speak to our teachers, in the classroom and during their generous office hours on a one-on-one basis. So yes, the academics are challenging and late nights studying aren’t uncommon, but the resources that SAS provides (the independent study time, the phenomenal teachers, and all the tutoring services and computer labs of Miami Dade College) makes it very manageable and even enjoyable.

But probably the most important resource, isn't really a resource at all. It's the community. It may be difficult to understand how and why the bonds formed at SAS are so strong, but it's no coincidence. Putting students who are all determined in their search for excellence in this rigorous yet supportive, open environment for two years is not something that happens very often, but when it does, it is inevitably special.

Two years ago, I read similar testimonials and wondered to myself, "What will I cherish the most about my SAS experience?" Now, I can confidently say what I cherished most are the memories. Memories of the laughter we shared at our winter trips, of the stress we overcame together during finals week, of the fun we shared during our dances and prom, and of everything in between, from the potlucks and picnics to simply walking to and from class with friends. So, I know that every time I look back at my time at SAS, I will joyfully grin.

Danny Gelman
School for Advanced Studies, Class of 2016
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Class of 2020

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