” “Nysmith really encouraged a well-rounded education that I still benefit from today.
Every subject was important, and taught by teachers who genuinely cared about the topics and that every student learned what they needed to.” “Nysmith taught me how to respect others’ opinions and think globally.
“ “At Nysmith, questions were encouraged and explored, even if they led down the “wrong” path, or weren’t directly related.
I also served as the Director of Student Services Student Data Analyst for a short period of time during my sophomore year, where I was responsible for statistical analysis of job survey data related to athletics and activities, and I presented effective research presentations to Directors of Student Activities at district meetings.
The summer after my freshman year of college, I interned at the Good Work Network in New Orleans through the Robertson Program!
For them, learning was a means to an end, rather than a joy to be embraced.” “Nysmith taught me to follow my interests, no matter what they are…It also instilled in me some leadership qualities and I did not even realize it until high school!
It was the perfect and safe environment to learn, make mistakes, and take risks.” “Nysmith was very good at making me do things that I really did not want to do.
This was really good because it forced me to get experiences that I would not have gotten had I been left to my own devices.
“ “Nysmith builds a wonderful foundation for education – it develops a love of learning and solving problems within every student.
In high school, I was able to explore my interest in STEM by serving as: I actively sought to make an impact in the community through my role as an elected representative of my school on the Fairfax County Public Schools Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council, my work as a representative on the FCPS Student Human Rights Commission, and my presentations at STEM and leadership conferences.
In high school, I took Summer Chemistry after my freshman year so I could take AP Biology and AP Chemistry as a sophomore.
I then spent two summers as a Research Intern at the National Institutes of Health, where I initiated a mathematical and computational modeling research project in the lab to investigate the mental fatigue phenomenon.
I presented in 2014 & 2013 NIH Summer Poster Day and had my work recognized at the White House Science Fair as well as various other science fairs, and a research paper in currently in the process of being published.
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