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Graduate Spotlight: William Shi

2017-08-01

 

When I was a 15-year-old sophomore in high school, my priorities in rank order were food, swimming, video games, girls, and sleep. School was the last thing on my mind, and my grades reflected that. By the end of sophomore year, as my friends began thinking about the SAT and the difficulties of getting into college, I was getting pretty worried. At this point, I wasn’t sure if I could even attend college at all. That all changed when I met Mr. Hamilton. During my first meeting with him, I remember Mr. Hamilton looking up from my transcripts and saying, “William, why aren’t you getting straight A’s? You should be getting straight A’s.” I was quite taken aback. No one had ever said that to me before. Yet that was just the right motivation I needed, so I decided to give it a shot during my junior year. And I did it. Somehow, Mr. Hamilton knew exactly how to engage me, to help me see my potential in ways I hadn’t before.

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