SAS Community Voices

Lexie Walling
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California Baptist University

SAS is special because of the facilities and the endless opportunities. Students have so many options as to what passion they might want to pursue.

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Yash Talekar
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National Serviceman

I am proud of my drive to keep challenging myself. I never thought I would be able to do a research project in engineering or reach the top of the climbing gym, but perseverance led to some of my proudest achievements. I am proud that I will try hard to never give up and believe that "Yash, I can!"

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Mila Robins
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New York University

What's my favorite SAS memory? Interim Semester in Kenya! Taking bucket showers, being completely isolated from wifi/phones/ social media, and spending a week in communal tent was an experience second to none.

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Shungo Najima
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University of California San Diego

SAS prepared me to be versatile. With courses in a multitude of subjects and flexible courses like Catalyst, I was able to foster my interests and develop new ones.

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Jae Hee Koh
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UC Berkeley

One lesson that I learned at SAS that has prepared me for college is to pursue the things I genuinely enjoy.

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Aoife Haakenson
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Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts

SAS has taught me to face challenges with grit.

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Sohit Gatiganti
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Stanford University

What makes SAS special is its emphasis on participation in extracurriculars and encouragement to pursue passions beyond academics.

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Iñaki Hew
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Queen's University

In my three years at SAS, it is the students and teachers who have had the strongest impact on me. When I first moved to Singapore, making friends was a huge challenge. However, the diversity at SAS offers a fantastic mix, giving me an opportunity to overcome shyness.

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Chloe Shin-Gay
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University of Toronto

Failure isn't the end. In moments when you're struggling and working hard, and end up falling short, sometimes it seems like the world will end. But you have got to keep moving.

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Mika Martin
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University of Michigan

SAS offers a plethora of opportunities to explore your passions, leaving it to individual students to make their choices. This skill in a high school setting has prepared me to take on the challenge of trying to build experiences a larger university setting.

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Rebecca Kuehn
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Rollins College

SAS is renowned for academic rigor and students who take pride in their grades. I feel SAS prepared me for the academic transition into college.

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Max Huang
  • Alumni
National Serviceman

The academic rigor at SAS has prepared me for NS life. But more importantly, it is the interactions with students and teachers over the years that have made me more confident.

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Andrea Horn
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Tufts University

SAS taught me to understand my potential and my limits andhow far I could challenge myself. It taught me to be realistic and prioritize my tasks.

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Chris Hong
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Rice University

The diversity at SAS provides a very unique environment for one to learn and grow.

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Faisal Halabeya
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Boston University

At SAS, I learned to teach myself. Classes here are both challenging and independent, it's extremely rewarding to find out what I know and what I don't on my own and then go out and ask those specific, clarifying questions.

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Enzo Esguerra
  • Alumni
University of Toronto

What makes SAS special is the diversity in this school. SAS prepares you for real life by pushing you out of your comfort zone—interacting with new people and different perspectives. The education here encourages confident public speaking—an extremely useful life skill.

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Tanvi Dutta Gupta
  • Alumni
Stanford University

At SAS, I learned never to doubt my own abilities and to take advantage of opportunities. I threw myself wholeheartedly into whatever I did because that's the only way to produce a result I'm proud of.

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Jamie Uy
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New York University - Abu Dhabi

My years at SAS taught me that anything is possible. Without the SAS pioneering spirit, I may not have even imagined starting a literary magazine to support other teen writers, researching a contemporary film through the AP Capstone program, or becoming a high school teaching assistant.

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Hayley Sparrow
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Student - New York University

SAS competitive environment and superior facilities, faculty, and curriculum caused me to push myself throughout my time here.

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Priscilla Chan
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Tech Specialist - Spotify

It struck me almost immediately how open and outgoing everyone was in SAS. Even at 11, I felt pushed to think creatively, develop a strong point of view and pursue interests both in and out of class.

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Brandon Zitur
  • Alumni
National Serviceman

If I were to state just one lesson that SAS has taught me, it would be the value of friendships. These relationships have helped me overcome tough situations and shed light on new perspectives on a wide range of topics.

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Janvi Kalra
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Darthmouth College

Common among all SAS teachers is a desire to help their students to succeed.They go the extra mile to help us outside class hours and care about our personal well being.

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Grady Olson
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Santa Clara University

SAS is made special by all of the passionate and hardworking faculty and staff here. Every teacher I have had at SAS genuinely cares about the learning of their students and is more than knowledgeablein their subject(s) of expertise.

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Jessica Zhu
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New York University

SAS has taught me to give it my all and strive for the best.

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Roopal Kondepudi
  • Alumni
University of Southern California

SAS is a place I can call my own. What I'll miss most is the privilege of being a student to some of the best teachers.

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Gabriella Zhao
  • Alumni
United Singapore

The environment at SAS exemplifies what it is like to be among the best of the best. An opportunity to pursue passions, and the amazing support from the school administration is what sets this school apart.

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Hope Tanudisastro
  • Alumni
University of Sydney

At SAS, I was able to have the freedom and the resources to seek out and passionately follow my interests.

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Sebastien Guy
  • Alumni
Director and Writer

My time at SAS was quite pivotal in my life as high school is generally the years you start to build strong friends and find your identity.

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Max Escaler
  • Alumni
Co-Founder - ToneTree

SAS did an amazing job prepping me for the outside world. Whether it was through my AP Courses prepping me for college or Interim Semester exposing me to cultures out of my reach. SAS has given me a perspective on the world I wouldn't have had otherwise.

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Freya Parekh
  • Alumni
Second Assistant Director

Mr. Clemens is hands down the sole reason I stuck to film all four years of high school. There has never been anyone as encouraging and important in my life, aside from my dad, as Mr. Clemens. He is the main reason I’m in film today.

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Aimee Cheng-Bradshaw
  • Alumni
Professional Model

I pretty much grew up in Singapore American School. I lived so close to school and had a great community of friends who lived nearby as well. And when I was a student, SAS really pushed me academically and encouraged me to chase what I loved doing—dance.

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Radhika Agarwal
  • Alumni
Interaction Design Fellow - Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design

The SAS faculty make SAS what it is. Those mentors were very important to me when I was in high school, middle school, and elementary school, and remain very important to me today.

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Vicki Rogers
  • Alumni
Founder and President - Champion Coaching and Consultant

I remember the day I got onto the airplane to go to university—my first thought was, how am I going to get back? When the opportunity came for me to come home to Singapore and to SAS, I jumped at it.

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Niket Desai
  • Alumni
Entrepreneur

SAS takes a bunch of people who are in many ways orphans of the world and puts them together,” he explained. You’re given this perspective at SAS that is actually put into you—and the only way you ever see it working or manifesting is by going somewhere else.

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Blair Berg
  • Alumni
Teacher/Coach - International School of Manila

In the classroom, on the court, or in the field, I want my students and athletes to know that I truly care for them. I will encourage them, help them, and push them every chance I get. I want them to have a space where they can feel safe, supported, and trusted to be themselves.

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Nigel Wylie
  • Alumni
Co-Founder - The Resolution Co.

I remember us having all these different kinds of tools to tinker with; solar panels, the first phase of a 3D printer, and so much more. Being able to direct my own learning at SAS really inspired me.

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Kyle Aldous
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Director of Communications - Singapore American School

Professional Breakdancer

At SAS I was surrounded by teachers and students who saw my potential and then provided the support, encouragement, and push needed to rise to a level I hadn't thought possible.

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Kate Ryan
  • Alumni
Managing Director - Diffusion PR

The standards at SAS are so high—you start to expect excellence from yourself and from those around you.

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Michael Mell
  • Alumni
Product Manager - S&P Dow Jones

My personal belief is that all of us who experienced SAS have a certain openness that leads to discovering what we have in common.

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Francesco Zargani
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Marketing Manager - STMicroelectronics

The lessons learned at SAS and in Singapore have always stayed with me, a testament not just to the quality of the teachers, the institution, and the country, but a validation of a life many of our parents chose with trepidation.

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Katie Wilhoit
  • Alumni
IDEO Colab Fellow

The teachers at SAS inspired the entrepreneur and design consultant in me, and the combination of my courses gave me a strong interdisciplinary perspective to problem solving.

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Elaine Lunsford
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Graduate - Dartmouth College

Beyond the classroom, I think SAS prepares its students for life by presenting us with so many opportunities and encouraging us to show initiative, seek these out, and develop our passions, as well as giving students many opportunities to grow in leadership.

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James Lunsford
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Post Graduate - Texas A&M University

Having the ability to learn and think critically and independently is important and is something I think SAS taught well. 

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Zach Nelson
  • Alumni
Senior Program Officer - Center for Diversity and National Harmony

It’s rare to maintain such long friendships in such a transient community, but I was a lucky dude!

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Colton West
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Professional Ballet Dancer - Eugene Ballet Company

I think the attitude of being able to go into any situation and know that whether it’s a good experience or a bad experience that there is something to learn from is definitely something I learned from Ms. Van der Linden.

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Matt Rogers
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Chief Operating Officer - Singapore American School

SAS has always been committed to providing each student an exemplary American educational experience which our family has benefited from. 

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Maiki Del Rosario
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Student Teacher - Singapore American School

Five years ago SAS alumna Maiki Del Rosario was listening to her teachers—now she is the teacher.

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Brandon Meehan
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Associate Propulsion Test Engineer - Virgin Galactic

I really tried to take advantage of the APs offered at SAS. I remember the first year and a half of math classes at a top-notch college were a breeze.

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Tammy Duckworth
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Senator - Illinois

After two House terms, Democrat, war veteran, and former SAS student Tammy Duckworth won a Senate seat in Illinois, putting both of the state’s Senate seats in Democratic hands. 

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Linda Ferguson
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Class of 1967

Singapore had changed so much for me but the fact that I was able to show my daughter where I had grown up was the highlight of the trip! And seeing my wonderful friends who I remembered with such fondness.

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