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Tamara Gomez-Ortigoza

CarterSince day one of my junior year I knew that deciding to come to SAS was one of the best decisions I had ever taken. From my earliest years, I have always been a dedicated and intellectually curious student who always felt somewhat restrained by traditional schools. Being able to choose classes from a handful of electives was simply not enough for me to feel truly challenged and explore the topics that genuinely interested me. Thus, when I first heard about the rigorous academic program that SAS offered its students along with true freedom to choose from a variety of college classes in order to complete an Associate’s Degree at Miami Dade College, I knew SAS was the place for me.

Two years later there has not been a day when I have regretted my decision to attend SAS. That is not to say I have not had days of doubt, or days when I yearned desperately for a relief from the endless dance of AP classes, college classes, college preparation, and college applications that is SAS.

However, these moments of doubt were few and utterly overshadowed by the many triumphs and moments of unparalleled elation that SAS has brought me. At SAS I unfurled my wings and soared for the first time. I explored new disciplines at the college, met incredibly ambitious young adults like myself, and had the freedom to discover new passions. Yet, what I found to be the most remarkable aspect of SAS was the incredible faculty. Never before have I met teachers and school administrators who so genuinely cared about me and were willing to go above and beyond to help me succeed. SAS teachers are individuals who will happily take time away from their personal lives to offer students personalized tutoring or college essay help. They are brilliant individuals who will make the densest concepts go through like water.  Indeed, SAS has somehow managed to gather some of the most capable and passionate educators I have ever encountered.

I will never forget my time at SAS, for it has forged me into a better version of myself. My ambition when I entered SAS was vibrant but shapeless in many ways. Now it is honed and focused. As I graduate and move on to a new epoch of my life, I will warmly treasure the many beautiful memories that I formed over the past two years. Thank you SAS.

Tamara Gomez-Ortigoza
SAS Wolfson Class of 2017
Dartmouth College Class of 2021




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