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ERIC Number: EJ855062
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1084-6522
Estkowski, Terri
NCSSSMST Journal, v14 n1 p16-17 Fall 2008
In life, each person is offered opportunities, one after the other, until life ceases. For the author, one of those opportunities was to attend the Kalamazoo Area Mathematics and Science Center (KAMSC), an NCSSSMST school. While attending KAMSC as a member of its inaugural class required a bit of imagination regarding the opportunity at hand, and since Kalamazoo, Michigan was just inventing this concept, the author can say quite irrevocably that choosing KAMSC wasn't just the best choice for high school. It was the best choice for her life. Every single part of her life--college, professional, and even personal--has been touched by KAMSC. KAMSC truly brought a smoother path to college. First, the author received numerous offers to top programs, and, even more importantly for a child from a blue-collar family, tremendous scholarship opportunities. Second, KAMSC employed some tough teachers who truly saw every class as college preparation, regardless of whether the class bore the initials "AP" in its title. Third, the author learned her limits. Attending KAMSC made her realize there were people smarter than her on the planet, and that she was never going to be as tremendously talented as them. However, she also saw that not all talent lies in academic performance.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Michigan