I came to OSSM because I wanted to advance and push myself in my studies. Although it's a STEM school, I was very interested in the humanities department. As someone who, in the future, wishes to major in the humanities, I knew OSSM's humanities classes would push me to work harder than ever before and excel in my future. Coming to OSSM also provides me an opportunity to learn and gain a collegiate-level science and math curriculum. It's very important to me to become a well-rounded and knowledgeable person who can understand all aspects of the world and the people in it. OSSM offers me the opportunity to become that person.
I'll be completely honest when I say that going to Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics was the best decision of my life. For those of you first learning about OSSM, let me tell you how amazing it is. OSSM is a free room and board school that provides a college level education for all students interested in a fully immersive academic life. Many students here come from small schools that have Algebra as their highest-level math class. We also have students coming from massive city schools. Nevertheless, all students who attend here are challenged to overcome any and all obstacles that come their way in the academic world. My experience here has been nothing but amazing. I come from a low-income family and I never would have been able to apply for any Ivy league colleges if it wasn't for OSSM. I personally will be giving back to this school in future because it truly is a one-of-a-kind school. This is certainly the best school in Oklahoma and, I believe, the best school in the nation.
OSSM has helped me grow in more ways than I could have possibly imagined. The faculty, staff and other students are all supporting you and eager to help you succeed. This school is rigorous, challenging, and sometimes you feel like it is too much, but you always come out stronger in the end. OSSM quickly taught me that success is not always being the best or being flawless, but learning from your mistakes and realizing that you are not alone on your journey. OSSM is just what I needed in my life. While there are plenty of days I feel overwhelmed, no one said that becoming the best version of myself was going to be easy.
Through the rigorous academics offered, OSSM has allowed me to feel well-prepared for college and beyond. OSSM presents students with many opportunities that would not be available to them at their traditional home high schools. Students of OSSM become a tight-knit community, create relationships that will last a lifetime, and cherish many memorable moments together. Despite the difficulties we have been facing due to COVID-19, OSSM faculty has continued to work toward keeping the same academic standards for students.
This past year, I've felt myself becoming more self-confident and dedicated to my studies. I've noticed that I have become more comfortable in my own skin and with showing people who I really am without fear of judgment. OSSM has one of the most welcoming and amicable environments that anyone could ever be in. It is often stereotyped as this rigorous and study-strict school for "geniuses," but getting past those stereotypes, OSSM brings me a sense of belonging and being here in general makes me realize the value of my self-worth.