Jerusalem ThaoAs the 2019–20 school year comes to an end, we’re sharing the college choice stories of several members of the Class of 2020!

In what grade did you come to MPA?

I came to MPA in 10th grade.

How did you come to choose the college that you did?

My cousin previously attended St. Olaf, and it really caught my eye. I also liked the fact that it’s a small school where there are smaller class sizes.

What are you most excited about as you embark on your college experience?

I am mostly excited for the people and connections I will make in college.

What did you appreciate most about the college counseling process at MPA? 

I appreciate the support that I was given. Without the help of the counselor(s), I believe I wouldn’t have gotten into the schools that I applied to.

What about your MPA experience has best prepared you for college?

I think what has best prepared me for college was the social aspect of MPA. As a transfer student, it was difficult for me to fit into a community that was unknown. And I learned how to navigate and converse with people who I wouldn’t normally have a connection with.

What is your advice for MPA’s Class of 2032 (kindergartners)?

My advice for the class of 2032 is that there is someone that is always struggling more than you. Be thankful for the things you have and are given. And that a simple “thank you” can go a long way.

The 53 members of the Class of 2020 plan to attend 41 different colleges and universities in 18 states, Washington D.C., Canada, and Australia. See their destinations here. Learn more about MPA’s College Counseling Program here!

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