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Maurizio Diaz

CarterThere’s a reason I keep my SAS acceptance letter taped to the wall next to my desk. It’s because SAS is the place that made the past two years the best of my life, and it holds a special spot in my heart for doing so. But it’s not just the program: it’s the people, teachers, and counselors that make it as amazing as it is. It’s knowing that you can have heart-to-heart conversations with your amazing counselor because he actually cares, or that your teachers will always be there to explain a concept one-on-one. There is a level of mutual respect between students and faculty that I’ve never found at any other school.

Unlike other rigorous programs, SAS does not break you down. Instead, it reshapes you into the best possible version of yourself. The version of yourself that doesn’t just set goals, but can meet and go beyond them because of the resources offered here. The version of yourself that isn’t afraid to be inquisitive, since you will always experience an open intellectual environment. And the version of yourself that is kind, because you are surrounded by a truly supportive community of similarly ambitious scholars.

And all of this is based on a foundation of freedom that’s unique to SAS. Not just the academic freedom of taking as rigorous a courseload as you desire, but also freedom outside of the classroom to explore what you really love. In my case this meant an official internship period that allowed me to leave school early to work at a laboratory, which meant the world to me as an aspiring academic scientist. It’s this sort of independence that fosters the confidence that I would not have gained elsewhere.

But above all else, SAS is a home that I shall miss dearly.

Maurizio Diaz
School for Advanced Studies, Class of 2016
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Class of 2020


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