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Jessica Carducci (Class of 2014)

posted Jun 16, 2014, 9:05 AM by Office Parsippany Christian School   [ updated Jun 24, 2014, 10:08 AM by David Detwiler ]
How PCS Prepared Me for the Ivy League
    Throughout my many years at PCS, I never fully appreciated the quality of education I was receiving until I started applying to colleges in my senior year.  As I passed throughout high school, my class size diminished each year due to students transferring to public high schools for more extracurricular activities and other academic programs to enhance their college resumes.  Exclusive to PCS is the extremely low student-to-faculty ratio and private learning environment.  It is no secret that our school is small, but this aspect is actually translated into a huge blessing-at least that is what I have found this year.  It is evident that the teachers at this school care about each student individually (both academically and spiritually).  I believe this, along with God's power, is the reason I am in the position I am in today.
    In the fall I will be attending the University of Pennsylvania on a full academic and financial aid scholarship.  While at Penn, my entire tuition, room and board, meals, and even travel expenses are completely paid for by the university because of both my scholarships.  The University of Pennsylvania, a member of the Ivy League, accepted only 9.9% of applicants for the Class of 2018.  I was accepted into the School of Nursing which is currently tied with Johns Hopkins University and Columbia University for the top nursing program in the United States.  When I first applied to Penn, I never imagined myself being selected from 37,788 applicants to attend the Ivy League university, but because of my strong educational background and detailed resume, I was actually among the top 300 students in the admitted class of 3,551 students.
    While my classmates left PCS during high school in an attempt to build their resumes, I took advantage of what PCS had to offer me.  While it is true that other schools have more variety of both academic and extracurricular choices, most of us fail to realize the quality of the opportunities offered at PCS.  During my years at PCS, I was able to participate in two varsity sports, choir, art, home economics, student government, and numerous community service projects-those alone are enough to strengthen any college resume.  It was because of everything I had done in PCS up to that point-the advanced classes I took, the activities I became involved in, etc.-that I was able to successfully create a solid college resume.
    PCS has pushed me to become the student I am today, and if I was placed in a public school, I would have never received that attention and support that PCS gives to each individual student.  Unlike public schools, the faculty wishes to see their students strive for success in every opportunity that the Lord grants them.  However, opportunity is what you make of it, and PCS has given me the availability of opportunities that allowed me to achieve what I have today.