Andrea Somarriba

Embarking on the journey at School for Advanced Studies felt like setting sail on an uncharted voyage into the unknown. As I stepped aboard this academic vessel, I was filled with both excitement and apprehension. Little did I know that these two years would become a transformative odyssey, not only expanding my horizons academically but also revealing so much about who I am and what I am capable of achieving.

Imagine boarding a grand ship, its sails ready to catch the winds of opportunity, as it prepares to leave the familiar shores of conventional high school life. From day one, I was immersed in a world of rigorous coursework, but more importantly, I was presented with countless opportunities that I had never imagined. 

Graduating with an Associate in Arts was a significant milestone, akin to reaching a distant island after a long voyage. This achievement was not just a testament to my academic growth but also a reflection of the resilience and dedication I discovered within myself. 

Venturing into this advanced program was a leap into the unknown, and it turned out to be the best decision I could have made. The close-knit relationships I forged with my peers and mentors were like finding kindred spirits and guiding stars on a vast ocean. My counselor, in particular, became a trusted navigator who provided invaluable guidance through the college application process. The personalized support and the sense of community we shared allowed me to approach this daunting task with clarity and confidence. It was through this intimate support system that I was able to chart a course towards my future with a clear and determined vision.

As I now stand at the cusp of new adventures, ready to set sail once again, I look back on these two years with profound gratitude. This journey has not only equipped me with a wealth of knowledge and a degree but has also shaped my character and aspirations in ways I never anticipated. The ship I once boarded with uncertainty is now a vessel of confidence, ready to navigate the vast, uncharted waters of my future endeavors. This experience has been a profound voyage of self-discovery, learning, and growth, and it has prepared me to face whatever lies ahead with courage and enthusiasm.

Andrea Somarriba
School for Advanced Studies Homestead Campus, Class of 2024
Florida International University, Class of 2027