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Javier Valdes

Javier Valdes

SAS is a wonderful institution that has enriched my mind with knowledge and prepared me for the challenging path ahead. The rigorous courses we take at SAS have helped me develop a sense of maturity I never would have acquired in another public school. I have also developed the social skills needed to effectively communicate with my fellow classmates and teachers. I have grown accustomed to a schedule which allows me large amounts of free time, but I have learned to use my time wisely in order to keep up my GPA. SAS gave me the freedom I needed in order to grow and it made me into a responsible adult.

Although I have a very busy schedule due to my school work and college classes, I have learned to balance my time in order to have academic success without giving up my social life. SAS has become my second home, and my time here holds nothing but precious memories. I leave here with the hope that one day my children will be able to have the same experience I have had by attending SAS.

My teachers taught me the skills necessary to get through college, but more importantly, the faculty at SAS has trained me for success in life after college. SAS challenged me and pushed me into becoming the best I could be. I hope that the skills and friends I have acquired these past two years will remain with me for years to come.

In the fall, I will begin attending the University of Miami, and even though most teenagers my age would probably feel terrified, I feel a sense of excitement and confidence because SAS exposed me to a college environment at a very young age. The workload I have experienced on a daily basis is no longer difficult for me because I now have what I call "Academic Endurance". I am not scared of what is to come in my life. I am excited and prepared. Thank you SAS.

Javier Valdes
School for Advanced Studies, Class of 2014
University of Miami, Class of 2016

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