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Jose Bacardi

Jose BacardiThe School for Advanced Studies has been one the greatest institutions that I have had the pleasure of attending. The irreplaceable friends you make, the invigorating sense of autonomy you feel, and the passionate support you get from your teachers make the choice to attend SAS all the more worth it.  SAS is unique in the sense that it literally gives you a second chance in high school. You're placed in a new, close-knit school with the opportunity to make friends with people who are in the same situation as you. You're also given a large variety of classes to take at the college; classes that truly interest you and help you build towards your future, not just classes that are mandatory or one of the 10 or so electives available at a traditional school. Although at times SAS can be very demanding, especially with homework, it is absolutely possible to be successful with commitment.

When I received my invitation to attend, I had many doubts about coming. I was worried that the workload might be overwhelming, that I would have to leave behind many good friends, or that I might no longer have a social life; the usual things everyone worries about before coming. I was told by my counselors and teachers that I wouldn't be able to get the "high school experience," that there weren't any field trips or dances or prom, and that I could never come back to the school since it wasn't my home school. Regardless of their attempts to scare me into staying, I decided to go and I can honestly tell you that SAS has everything a traditional high school has and so much more.

Jose Bacardi
School for Advanced Studies, Class of 2013
University of Virginia, Class of 2017

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