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Edgar Garcia

Javier Valdes

If my life were a series, albeit a rather dull one , I’d need to dedicate an entire novel to my time at SAS. I’d treasure this novel and tuck it away in the back of my mind in the hopes that someone will one day come along and ask me how I managed to get ahead. Dust accumulated, pages yellowed – I’d pull the book off its shelves when this day finally comes. With my memories rushing back, I’d spin the tale of a high school that is truly unparalleled.

Like any plotline, a high school experience is variable. As the hero of your own life, your goal is to maneuver against pitfalls, antagonists, and pop quizzes. But attending SAS is a plot twist. The moment you step foot on campus, you’re overcome with a purpose: to pursue a greater existence. Passively strolling through life puts you in a state of ennuie as you grow dedicated to the pursuit of both change and challenges.

As an institution, SAS sharpens your hunger for knowledge. Unsurprisingly, SAS is the only high school I know of that can boast about its dedication to the liberal arts experience. While you wander through courses like Human Sexuality, Microbiology, or Calculus 3 – you’re given an extra two years, free of cost, to mold and solidify your career choice. Though your peers are forced to conform to a core curriculum at other schools, you are given the opportunity to build a schedule that caters to YOUR interests rather than the state of Florida’s, the perfect premise for the development of learning. To reach the same level of accelerated learning at a regular school, you’d have to enlist in various AP classes that are of no interest to you; at SAS, the key to your future is vested in you, and not in what your school limits you to.

As you burn through courses and watch your GPA fluctuate, you can’t help but notice the bonds you’re making at SAS – both with your peers and with your professors. Brought together by the strength of mutual understanding, SAS students are tightly-knit, and all the while driven. Each day is another attempt to venture into Miami and walk a path towards changing the world, both in the classroom and outside. When I walked onto SAS, the staff and the individuals I met pushed me beyond what I thought I could accomplish. Through every trial and tribulation, the class of 2014 stood strong and together, growing increasinlgy intimate with each passing day. This feeling of unity, and the atmosphere of excellence that SAS brings to you pushes you to raise your expectation and aspirations.

As I prepare to walk the streets of Cambridge, I can’t help but acknowledge all the effort SAS invested into my future and the impact these past two years have had on my track. With all the passion and the support thrust upon each student by the faculty… I just simply hope that I can one day give back for the investment that this school made in me. I hope that one day I can thank all of these teachers enough for giving me the chance to prove myself. And I hope that you – our aspiring scientists, lawyers, politicans – are able to make a choice in the right direction. I long to see more and more individuals making their own novel-length memories and experiencing the thrill ride that is SAS, like so many of us have before.

Edgar Garcia Saiz
School for Advanced Studies, Class of 2014
Harvard College, Class of 2018

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