After learning remotely for the past year, senior Amanda Odom misses her “home away from home.” Yet, she looks forward to graduating in June from SABIS® International Charter School in Springfield and attending college in the fall.
Learning from home during the pandemic has been challenging, but Amanda says: “SABIS has always pushed me to go above and beyond, and that advice really helped me as I studied at home.”
She has definitely missed being at the school and seeing her fellow classmates, teachers, and coaches in person.
“SABIS is my second home! The SABIS community is something that I value,” says Amanda, who joined the “SABIS family” in Kindergarten.
Right now Amanda is focused on deciding which college to attend, and she has been accepted to eight so far! The college-oriented atmosphere and challenging curriculum at SABIS have prepared Amanda well for the academics that await her in college. “I’m looking toward something in the healthcare field, maybe nursing, pathology, sports medicine, or athletic training,” she says about her future course of study.
Thanks to the SABIS system and ongoing support, Amanda also feels “prepared for the real world.” While AP® Psychology and AP® English have surely provided college prep, Amanda has had ample opportunities for growth outside of the classroom at SABIS too.
On the varsity soccer squad and league-champion softball team, she’s learned what it means to be a “team player.” As manager of the girl’s varsity basketball team, she’s further developed her organizational skills.
Through the SABIS Student Life Organization®, Amanda and other students worked together to spread “positivity and kindness” among the student body.
As she’s about to become a proud SABIS® alumna, Amanda has this praise for her SABIS® alma mater: “Thank you for believing in me, for supporting me, and for the drive you instilled in me to never give up.”
"SABIS has pushed me to go above and beyond."