Nicholas LarsonWhat do you love about MPA?
I love the close-knit community at MPA! I truly feel like I’m able to connect with my teachers and peers at a personal level and form lasting relationships that will continue well after I graduate.

How are you encouraged to dream big and do right at MPA?
At MPA, each student has the opportunity to be a part of so many different activities. The school culture is to take advantage of all the opportunities students are given and to be a part of as many of those classes and clubs as possible. With so many different clubs, class offerings, and extracurriculars, whether it be a sport or an academic competition after school, almost all students become heavily involved in something they are interested in.

Why do you believe your teachers teach the way they do?
I think the teachers at MPA run their classes with an emphasis on real-world applications and individual thinking. Most teachers will ask us, students, questions about the reading we’ve done or assignments we’ve completed for class instead of lecturing about them. They want students to learn how to think instead of what to think. With smaller class sizes, teachers get to know their students and are able to push their intellectual curiosity. Many classes I’ve taken focus on complex problem-solving skills. While there is a certain amount of content that is needed to learn in certain subjects, students don’t just learn facts, they learn how to apply their knowledge.

If you have attended another school, how has your experience here been different?
I have not attended another school other than PreK, but after I’ve worked as an MPA ambassador for prospective families over the past few years, it’s often the caring community or rigorous academics that attracts people to MPA. Oftentimes, students at other schools don’t feel valued or heard by their school administration or school culture in general. At MPA, students take care of each other and value each other personally.

In what ways has MPA prepared you for life beyond school?
MPA has taught me intensive time-management skills. Since I’ve been a part of sports outside of school and taken a fair amount of electives at school, I’ve learned to complete assignments and projects efficiently. At MPA, I’ve learned how to articulate my opinions and how to work through complicated issues and problems.

What’s your big dream?
I would love to continue staying active and go on more incredible road trips! While I’m not quite sure what career field I will pursue in the future, I will continue to value curiosity and determination.

What would you tell another student your age considering MPA?
I would tell them to take a closer look at MPA before making a final decision about their future school choice. I think they should come to take a tour of the school and meet some current students. I think that’s the best way to learn about the school’s incredible culture and hard-working students.

Is there anything else you’d like to share about your MPA experience?
The MPA alumni network is incredibly useful! I continue to reach out to former MPA students to ask about their college selection and experience, and everyone has been excited to talk and willing to help me in any way they can.

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