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Ushaia Kappen

Alaisha Alexander

Cultural diversity continues to play a major role on who I was yesterday, who I am today, and who I will be tomorrow. Jawaharlal Nehru, the first prime minister of India stated, “Culture is the widening of the mind and of the spirit.” I am blessed to have had the opportunity to attend a prestigious school among peers with an array of cultural backgrounds.

When the opportunity arose for me to attend School for Advanced Studies I was very hesitant and skeptical. SAS was the school for me, especially Wolfson campus. The teachers pushed me to work hard; they constantly found new innovative ways to teach the material. It was difficult at first, but they helped us become accustomed and I look back wondering why I thought it was so difficult, but it definitely paid off. The tight knit community among the faculty and students allowed me to grow as an individual where I was able to have everlasting experiences and relationships that could not be achieved anywhere else. I was able to work on different community service projects from tutoring children, feeding the homeless, and best of all being my favorite children’s book character, Curious George at the Book Fair. Through the college curriculum I had the opportunity to team up with the Bendixen and Amandi Associates and help track the 2012 Presidential Election behind the scenes with at Univision.

My classmates became friends. My friends became family. My teachers became life mentors. I could stand here all day long and tell you how each individual at my campus and many among other campuses have shaped me into who I am today. Each one may have different road maps in life but we all share the stroll down the avenue of School for Advanced Studies. No matter where we continue from this day on, I will never forget how each of you made my junior and senior year memorable ones. Before we know it we will gather for the 10 year reunion and look back at great opportunity and where we stand today, together as high school graduates, as SAS White Tigers!

Ushaia M. Kappen
School for Advanced Studies, Class of 2014
New York University, Class of 2018

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