By Isabella Struckman, Chaparral class 2020 and MIT class of 2024 pupil | Visitor Commentary
My time as a pupil within the Scottsdale Unified College District is greatest outlined by one phrase: alternative. When contemplating my friends’ various paths to MIT, the widespread thread is undoubtedly the distinctive and passion-inspiring alternatives we have been all given by our respective faculties.
From seventh grade tech lab and science olympiad group led by Louise Bunker at Cocopah Center College, to AP laptop science (taught by Jonathan Lofgren) and calculus III (taught by Beatrice Hecht) in my senior yr at Chaparral Excessive College, SUSD supplied me with extremely particular applications, which gave me the chance to play freely with STEM and acquire confidence that it could be a potential and enjoyable avenue for me to pursue.
In eighth grade, after I had completed all the maths supplied at Cocopah, I, together with 10 others, was merely bussed to Chaparral within the mornings and inspired to continue learning. This easy reward ultimately led to my first MIT calculus course being an opportunity to overview somewhat than one full of latest content material to study alongside my physics and chemistry programs.
The supply of those alternatives made my collegiate transition far simpler, and extra importantly, is the rationale I made it into my faculty in any respect. I’m at my dream college pursuing passions tremendously due to the exceptional applications supplied to me by SUSD.
However I’m not the one one.
Three of my Chaparral classmates joined nationally top-ranked faculty theater applications principally resulting from Chaparral’s excellent theater division and its onerous working heads: Sandy Flayton and Ed Como. I watched a lot of my classmates excel in our robotics membership, studying nascent and superior engineering expertise in an thrilling, hands-on setting. I couldn’t be part of as a result of I spent most of my additional time on the Chaparral soccer group, a really particular program run by coach Robyn Carlson. I gained 4 state championships in 4 years alongside unimaginable teammates, a lot of whom now play elite soccer at D1 faculty applications. And our group was hardly the one Chaparral athletics program sending a number of college students to D1 and Ivy League universities.
My classmates and l all discovered the chance to discover an entire vary of niches and pursuits in center and highschool that ultimately led us to our collegiate and profession paths. It’s astounding to me the variety of possibilities I used to be given to review a brand new subject, study a brand new talent, or be part of a brand new group. And as we have been led in numerous methods by the hard-working academics at SUSD, we have been additionally supported by its devoted counselors.
My faculty utility course of was strongly propped by my genuinely excellent steering counselor, Leslie Rold. She met with me weekly all through all the fall semester to go over my newest faculty utility essays, overview the critiques she’d made on the earlier weeks’, and set objectives for the next. This construction was invaluable to a confused 18-year-old going through the actually emotionally and mentally draining faculty admittance course of.
The worth of SUSD’s academics, counselors and workers going the additional mile to assist overwhelmed college students untangle the terrifying net of approaching maturity can’t be overstated.
I’ve friends from all types of instructional environments, and lots of of them additionally got here from public college methods. However every certainly one of us was given distinctive alternatives as younger college students to discover our love of STEM to the best diploma we may. Solely when our public faculties have the power to supply distinctive training in all walks of life are they in a position to produce distinctive college students in all walks of life.
SUSD’s future youngsters need to have extra alternatives than my classmates and I did, not fewer. We have been supplied extremely difficult programs, extremely thrilling golf equipment and applications, and extremely devoted academics, counselors and directors. There isn’t a world by which I could make it into MIT with out all three of these exceptional items coming collectively for me and I’m profoundly grateful.
I encourage voters to vote sure on the SUSD capital override this November to proceed assist of the applications, workers, and amenities which helped me succeed. And, I urge voters to decide on Mary Gaudio and Robb Vaules for SUSD governing board as they’re the one candidates supporting the continuance of this important funding.