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Jade Quintero

SAS was a myth to me before I came here. I had heard about this tiny school in the middle of Miami Dade College that seemed to mass produce geniuses by the dozens. I was told that going to SAS ensured that I lost any chance of having the "high school experience"- there would be no prom, senior brunch, picnic, etc. Despite this, my mother thrust me into the room to take the PERT and before I could blink I found myself surrounded by some of the smartest people I will ever meet.

SAS is not just a school that mass produces Ivy League graduates, beyond that it is a school focused on community and friendship. I know every single person in my graduating class and have formed a personal bond with all of them. I am surrounded by people that have dreams just as big as mine, if not bigger. It's such a welcoming community that has a never ending stream of helpful hands and amazing people. Beyond being dedicated to our goals, everyone at SAS knows when to take a break to do something absolutely silly. We take breaks to play soccer or just sit under a tree and discuss the latest celebrity drama. SAS is one of the only schools where you see students easily switch from discussing quantum physics to discussing Kim Kardashian.

My years at SAS were one of the most valuable times of my life. These past two years has been full of late night cram sessions and unbreakable friendships. SAS has given me all the tools that I need to succeed in college and has ensured that I am ready to tackle any challenges that I may face. I am going to college knowing that my teachers have more than prepared me for the next four years and even beyond that. Without SAS I know that I would not be where I am today.

Jade Quintero
School for Advanced Studies, Class of 2016
University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), Class of 2020

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