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Romeo Umana

Romeo UmanaComing to School for Advanced Studies (SAS) was a drastic change academically and socially. I went from a school of 2,000 to a small community of just 100 students. As a result, I truly got to know my senior class as a whole; we came to depend on each other to study for exams, to set up goals, and ultimately, to succeed. I can honestly say that SAS cultivated the academic potential that my fellow students and I all had. The freedom to choose classes at Miami Dade College (MDC) allowed me to pursue my passion for mathematics and my friends to pursue their respective passions, whether they were health sciences, social sciences, or criminal justice. In addition to the MDC classes, our SAS faculty was supportive and helpful. Our teachers truly care and get to know us on a personal level. Unlike teachers in traditional high schools, SAS teachers have offices that are almost always open, and they are always available to assist us.

Coming to a new school for your last two years of high school is not an easy choice to make; leaving your comfort zone, a place where you may very well enjoy and thrive in may be difficult. It was a difficult decision for me. At the end of the day, however, I have no regrets about coming to SAS.

Romeo Umana
School for Advanced Studies, Class of 2015
Stanford University, Class of 2019

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