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Santiago Tobar Potes

CarterNestled between Northeast 2nd Street and Northeast 3rd Street, on the 5th floor of a seemingly ubiquitous downtown Miami skyscraper lies the School for Advanced Studies Wolfson Campus. Within her walls come students from all corners of the earth, reflecting the school’s cultural diversity with the intrinsic multiplicities of thought and expression, forever galvanized to grow and help grow.

It is for this exact reason that I chose to continue my education at SAS—knowing that I would have a constant exposure to a variety of experiences by going to a school in downtown Miami, while safely maturing and exploring SAS’ characteristic liberal arts curriculum.

And it is this curriculum which most molded me into the person I am today. There is a beauty in being able to choose the courses that I found most appealing, valuable, interesting and intriguing and this is an opportunity that is almost unheard of at the average school—the studied phenomena on what it means to be a human, akin to my future school’s Core Curriculum, lends itself to the simplicities of understanding, learning, appreciating and communicating: the elementary functions of any human being.

As I ready myself to live in the market-side agora of Manhattan, I rest assured my transition, both personal and academic, will be seamless. My profound community of friends and colleagues, teachers and mentors, have already prepared me.

Decades in the future, as I look back to the flower of my youth, I will forever preen at the luck I had to attend SAS, her experiences most impactful in my life.

Santiago Tobar Potes
School for Advanced Studies, Class of 2016
Columbia University and the Juilliard School, Class of 2020


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