Alums reflect on college life

 

Mariana Trabanino

University: Wake Forest University

Location: North Carolina

Grade: Freshman

  1. What was the biggest difference between what you expected university to be and what it was actually like?

– I was fully aware college was not going to be a walk in the park, although it is nice to walk around and watch the leaves change color! But anyway, it is very hard. Although you’re taking fewer classes and your schedule is less packed, it’s more work than I’ve ever done in my four years at MAST. I study so much and sometimes that still isn’t enough. I didn’t expect to have my grade depend so heavily on my test performance which by the way, is quite an unpleasant surprise. On a rather happy note, I also never expected to call a place so different and far away from home, home. I love it here and although it breaks my back, it also has made me into the best version of myself I can possibly be.

2) In all honesty, do you think MAST prepared you for university?

– I don’t think any high school experience can prepare you for your college journey. I believe it’s more about finding your groove and your people while you’re there. Slowly and steadily you begin to get the hang of things and before you know it, you become a part of this amazing community of mathletes, talented artists, and legendary soccer players. I think I did well enough at MAST that the transition from high school to college was not as difficult, but that was the work I put in, not the school itself.

Juana Diaz

University: University of Michigan

Location: Michigan

Grade: freshman

  1. What was the biggest difference between what you expected university to be and what it was actually like?

– Going into the university of Michigan, I expected to be very prepared for the workload of first semester classes considering I took most of them in high school. I thought I would have time every day to exercise, nap, and have time to myself, but in reality, school takes up most of my day. I have to study or do work every minute I have available throughout the day in order to not fall behind in my classes. In high school, I wouldn’t start homework until late at night, or not even do work most days of the week. There isn’t a single day that I don’t sit for at least a couple hours and work. 

2) In all honesty, do you think MAST prepared you for university?

– I was a responsible student in high school, had a good GPA and took the most rigorous courses and I do not feel that I was prepared for my current classes. I’m taking calculus, chemistry, chemistry lab, computer science, computer science lab, and I’m doing undergraduate research. I did not take computer science in MAST so it’s all new material, but I have to work very hard to do well in chemistry and calculus. This is mainly because the curriculum of the Cambridge program is very different from any other in the United States. Students who to AP’s do not struggle as much as students who took A-levels or honors courses. 

Jonah Serrano

University: Florida International University

Location: Florida

Grade: Freshman

  1. What was the biggest difference between what you expected university to be and what it was actually like?

– I expected college life to be a huge party, but not if you go to school and work a full-time job. A lot of my friends are having a crazy time, but you have to stay focused if you want to rake in the Guap. 

2) In all honesty, do you think MAST prepared you for university?

– No, the food at FIU is way better. Teachers hold your hand in high school- that’s what I disliked most. I’m a self-motivated person, so that was really frustrating for me. In college you’re almost totally on your own. It really depends on the person.