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Rebecca Lester

Rebecca Lester

hat I love about SAS is that it allows me to be part of a tight-knit community while still maintaining my individuality. That is what I told a representative from UPenn when asked what I liked best about SAS. A year later I feel the same way.

I was lucky to know about SAS from day one of high school; it was the only reason I made it through freshman and sophomore year. When I finally arrived at SAS I wasn’t disappointed. I was finally in an atmosphere that provided me with a challenging workload, teachers who cared not only about my grades but my well-being, and a whole new family.

SAS is not just a place I, or my classmates, go to learn. We show up to school to have fun, to play sports, be challenged in class, and make ourselves better in every way. Whether it is taking college courses that pique our interests, creating a new club in which we form lasting connections, or sitting in the Trailer (the SAS office) to talk with friends and teachers alike, SAS students are always engaged.

A lot of what makes SAS the way it is, is because of the administration. The administration is not only concerned with our academics and our future but they want to ensure we keep our sanity while we handle the intense workload. I cannot express how grateful I am when the e-mail goes out that we can start getting ready for the winter trip or when the administration makes sure we don’t have too much work during college finals. Not to mention the fact that we have a principal so concerned with making sure everything is being run well that he sets aside time to visit every class and talk to all of us students. It is for all of these reasons that I am unimaginably appreciative to have been a part of SAS.

SAS is more than just a school, it’s a family; one that I am very proud to call mine.

Rebecca Lester
School for Advanced Studies, Class of 2014
Cornell University, Class of 2018

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