Student story: High school classes

- So in high school, I had just moved

from a different country

and I came in straight when I was a 10th grader.

I had none of the college prep

that every other student in my high school had,

and my high school was very focused on college prep.

So I was very new and I had to figure it all out on my own.

I remember things that really helped me later on in college

was the difficult classes I took in high school.

At the time, I felt like I was not doing well in them.

They were super challenging,

and those included my classes like AP United States History.

I'll never forget how hard that class was,

but it was actually the class

that prepared me most for college

because every single day we had to read so much

and write so much and do these quizzes

and that was exactly what college was like.

I always wrote back to my teacher saying,

"Thank you for challenging me in an AP class like that

"because it really, really just set me up

"for success later on".