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Isnavys Perez

When I first found out I was accepted to SAS, I cried for twenty minutes straight. I wasn’t sure if it was because I’d have to start anew or because SAS had been my dream for the past couple of years but nonetheless I cried. Regardless of my tears, the decision I made to attend SAS has been the best decision I’ve made thus far in my life’s voyage of discovery. I have been blessed to be in a school (haven, really) that instills intelligence and kindness amongst many other traits in its students. I have learned how to communicate and make personal bonds with people who come from all over the world, transcending invisible barriers. I have acquired management skills through all the endless opportunities SAS serves you. By being surrounded with people who passionately painted their own big dreams, I began to dream big— something I never would’ve done given other circumstances.

However SAS is not just a dream factory that molds Ivy League candidates, it’s a cohesive community. Ironically, the teachers (and even the staff) don’t just clock in, teach their subject, and go home. They’re your mentors and to an extent: your best friend. Also, despite my class being a little over 120 students, it’s truly been a blessing in disguise. At SAS, we are one big family full of motivated and friendly individuals who love each other and always have each other’s back.

Attending SAS has definitely not been easy. The coursework is rigorous and extensive and most nights you stay up studying for either a high school or college exam. I know I cried a couple of nights through Finals week and then AP season. You’re going to put in twice as much hard work as you would at another school. But the best part is, you get four times the reward. If it weren’t for SAS, I wouldn’t have grown to be the mature and independent young lady that I am today. SAS is here to teach you that you might fall down seven times, but you’re going to get up each time and be stronger than ever. With perseverance, the world is at the tip of your fingers.

Isnavys Perez
School for Advanced Studies, Class of 2016 New York University (NYU), Class of 2020

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