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The Road to College: Schaddai Sosa ‘15


My name is Schaddai Sosa, I'm sixteen, and I'm a senior at  New Visions Charter High School for Advanced Math & Science.

Do you want to know one of the greatest lessons I've learned in high school?

Don’t be content with what you can already do. There will always be new skills that you can learn. It's okay to get frustrated, as long as you don't let that frustration stop you from reaching your goal. Instead, it should motivate you to try harder.

I learned that in cheerleading; I love cheer because it has taught me so many things about the kind of person I should strive to be. I would never have thought it would build my character so much.

At home, I live with my mom and my two siblings. I am the oldest and the one they look up to when it comes to having a role model. I am really close with them so, as far as college, I decided that I want to go away but not more than five hours from home. I'm still ambivalent since I'm excited to be independent, but I've always been closeby and can't imagine being away from them for so long. But, I know that I have to pursue success and greatness as an example for my siblings and my younger cousins.

My school has really pushed me to keep reaching for success.  At school, I'm Vice President of The National Honor Society, a member of the cheerleading team and a student ambassador. As a senior, two of my five classes are AP Statistics and AP Literature and Composition, which, I have to say, is my favorite subject.  English is the class that I've seen myself grow the most from my freshman year. It's been quite a journey to get to the level of writing I'm at today.

I remember my freshman year, in my writing, I had a couple of complex sentences here and there and my delivery for claim, evidence, and reasoning was just alright. Now, my writing is more fluent and I’m writing more complex sentences, including richer vocabulary, in-depth analysis and better  evidence to support my thesis. It's where I'm proud of myself the most.

I’m also proud of the work I did in AP Studio Art, last year. Art has always been a passion of mine, for as long as I can remember. Drawing, painting and writing are the ways I love to express myself and release any emotions or stress. AP Studio Art was where I really saw my true potential; I even surprised myself sometimes with the work I would do.

Regardless of the class, I always strive to maintain above a 90 average in all of my classes.  I have a 92.95 cumulative GPA. The teachers along with other staff members have done their best to really help me get to where I am now. In fact, my guidance counselor is who inspired me to want to pursue psychology in college.

She helped me realize that this is what I wanted to do. I realized that I loved helping others and giving them advice on issues they had. My English teacher, who I've had all four years in H.S, has also inspired me to want to pursue psychology in college. As a teacher she likes to branch off into other subjects like psychology in order to help us have a better understanding about the literature we study in her class.

I have to admit, the whole idea about college is kind of nerve wrecking. So far, I've filled out my common application and intend on applying to SUNYs and CUNYs within the next couple of weeks. Since freshman year, my school has been taking us on college visits.

Over this summer, I managed to visit a few colleges with my mom and fell in love with Penn State at Burkes. It was then that I realized that I wanted to go to a college with a smaller campus in a suburban setting but not far from the city. I really want to make my mom and my family proud. Most importantly though, I have to go to college for me and my future.