Carlos Felipe Davila
I cannot justly put into words what my time at the School for Advanced Studies has meant to me, but this is my best attempt.
When I first set foot on this campus, I felt overwhelmed, intimidated, and everything in between. Every single warning I'd gotten about SAS was making me anxious and I honestly wanted to give up from day one. Soon I would find that SAS would be the best thing to have ever crossed my path.
For starters, the teachers here are generous, caring, and helpful. Every single one of them does it because they have a passion to share their knowledge; for love of advancement and nothing superficial. The administrative staff is friendly and lovable, not the fearsome presence that most high school administrators present. The students are here to achieve and excel academically, to be the best they can be, but most aren't selfish and egocentric; you can almost always find a helping hand at SAS when you need it.
This school allowed me to mature into a person I'm very proud of being. Here, at SAS, I found the ambition I'd always felt I lacked. It gave me the confidence and courage to apply to schools I'd never dreamt of having a chance at, and it gave me the opportunity to have the academic credentials I needed to get into most of them.
All-in-all, I've found a save haven at SAS. I've found teachers whom I respect and admire as if they were my own parents, and I've found friendships that I plan to cherish for the rest of my life. I feel at home just by stepping into the SAS office, and I truly hope that this program is still there when I'm a professional and I'm using the skills that I've developed in my time here.
The flaw in this educational system is that our generation has so much potential to be great but so many students don't have something like SAS to allow them to explore their true potential. I know I've worked very hard to get where I am at in my academic career, but I partly owe every opportunity I see in my future to what the School for Advanced Studies has given me, and I'll be forever grateful for that.
Very corny, but very much so from the heart; Long Live SAS.
Carlos Felipe Davila
School for Advanced Studies, Class of 2014
University of Florida, Class of 2016