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Valerie Katz

Valerie Katz

At SAS I found exactly what I was looking for: a place I belonged.

I was surrounded by like-minded individuals, all extremely focused on their studies, but also passionate about endeavors outside of the classroom. Everyone was driven, and this environment pushed me to excel more than I could have ever imagined. And while the course work was challenging, there was always someone around to help, be it a teacher or a fellow peer, there was a well-established support system that I recognized right away.

My favorite part about SAS was all the options I was provided. Unlike a traditional high school where electives are limited to the courses taught on campus that must be taken for a full year, I was able to select from an enormous selection of dual enrollment classes at Miami-Dade College and take a new class every semester. Because of this I was able to jump into fields that interested me, and advance beyond bounds, I was even able to take Organic Chemistry, something that would have been impossible had I not come to SAS. I also got the chance to try a wide variety of courses, giving me the opportunity to figure out what I enjoyed studying and what I didn’t, better preparing me for my future.

Without a doubt, SAS is the springboard that will launch me into a successful academic career and facilitate my transition to Cornell University.

Valerie Katz
School for Advanced Studies, Class of 2014
Cornell University, Class of 2018




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