Meiran Carlson How are you encouraged to dream big and do right at MPA?
By receiving an immense amount of support from the people around me. Whether it’s teachers, staff, coaches, or friends, I’ve just felt a lot of structure since coming to MPA, and that has allowed me to do better socially and academically.

What do you love about MPA?
I love that even though I’ve only spent a short amount of time at MPA so far, I’m able to express myself so openly and freely. The community here is so welcoming and everyone wants to hear what everyone else has to contribute, which is such a nice thing to be able to say. Everyone’s thoughts matter and it’s really hard to feel left behind at a school like MPA.

Why do you believe your teachers teach the way they do?
I think the teachers here teach the way they do because they genuinely enjoy finding new ways to get their students to think critically about issues in and outside of the classroom– it’s not a chore for them. It’s a breath of fresh air to have teachers who feel it’s important for their students to succeed in their classrooms, but also in everyday life, and who want to help in that effort.

If you have attended another school, how has your experience here been different?
I have felt much more supported and welcomed at MPA than I did at my previous school. From all the interviews I had during the admissions process to adjusting to the environment here, there was always someone there to check in with me at every step. I can tell that my presence here is valued as an individual and as someone who is now a part of the MPA community.

In what ways has MPA prepared you for life beyond school?
The top two things I’ve experienced at MPA so far that I feel have prepared me for life beyond high school and college are debate and speech. Both programs at MPA are excellent, and while neither activity is something I ever saw myself participating in, I’m so glad MPA has given me the opportunity to be a part of those teams. I’ve developed speaking and analytical skills that will serve me for the rest of my life, I’ve gained confidence in my ability to address issues and think critically, and I’ve made so many friends through both activities.

What would you tell another student your age considering MPA?
I would tell them that it’s so special to be able to experience an environment like the one at MPA. The people here are kind and welcoming, the curriculum is advantageous in more ways than one, and the extra-curriculars offered are outstanding. I feel very fortunate to be able to experience my high school years here.

What’s your big dream?
To work in the film industry! Whether it’s writing, acting, or directing, that’s the dream I’ve always come back to and I hope to see it come true!

Is there anything else you’d like to share about your MPA experience?
Just that I feel so lucky to be able to go to school here. I’ve only been going to school at MPA for about four months, but I’m still so surprised when I pull into the parking lot every morning that I actually get to go to a school that provides so much for me.

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