Sammie Garrity with a puppyHow many years have you been a student at MPA?
I started at MPA in the fall of my ninth grade year, so I have been here for a year and a half.

What do you love about MPA?
I love so many things, but two really stick out. The first is the community, and the second is how my teachers push me to be the best I can be.

How are you encouraged to dream big and do right at MPA?
I am encouraged to dream big and do right at MPA because of my teachers. They expect a lot out of me, and that makes it rigorous, but in the long run, it’s making me a better student.

Why do you believe your teachers teach the way they do?
The moment I walked into MPA, I immediately saw that my teachers knew what they are doing. They have so many amazing stories and it’s clear that their teaching style is based on all of their many years of experience.

If you have attended another school, how has your experience here been different?
I relocated to the Twin Cities from the North Shore before ninth grade. My old school was relaxed and much smaller than MPA, but there, they mostly focused on the kids who needed more help and left others to figure stuff out on their own. I’m glad that MPA does it a little differently.

What would you tell another student your age considering MPA?
Like any new school, it can take a little time to find your people, but when you do, it is so worth it! This school is amazing and your future will be much better off if you decide to come to MPA.

In what ways has MPA prepared you for life beyond school?
MPA fosters tough conversation that help me form my own opinions and stick with them. My Spanish classes have really helped me in particular. They are preparing me to connect with others who speak a different language and come from a different cultural background. My entire MPA education, in one way or another, is giving me important skills for outside of school.

What’s your big dream?
My big dream is to become a global issue journalist and travel the world giving people a voice who otherwise wouldn’t have one.

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