Peak Performance is back in the Bronx for Year 4 of our College Pathways Program! On a windy Friday evening in Hunts Points, ten students from seven different New York City high schools helped us kick off another year of studying, learning, and community!
Two students who participated as sophomores in 2021 return as older, wiser juniors. Having already experienced the Peak approach, they will provide extra advice and guidance to the group. Lead instructor Jared Small was impressed by the variety of interests and goals cited by the students on opening night: "When I asked them to share with me their college aspirations and career goals, the responses were well-articulated and wide-ranging."
For Sonia Ruiz (St. Jean Baptiste '23), the process starts with "learning strategies to work through the SAT at a faster pace so I can have time to check over my work." Fascinated by engineering, Sonia hopes to someday study at NYU or Lehigh. Her schoolmate Elizabeth Campos (St. Jean Baptiste '23) also has her eyes on some dream schools, including Syracuse and Hofstra. Intrigued by both forensic journalism and cosmetology, Elizabeth is intent on learning strategies to work faster and smarter, particularly on the reading section. Peak's trademark Active Reading techniques and emphasis on question type analysis will certainly help Elizabeth and the others sharpen their approach.
As Josangel Sosa (Xavier HS '23) prepares himself for a possible career in law, he is still figuring out what type of college he aspires to attend. The one thing he is certain of is that he wants to leave the city for his college years so that he can experience a "different kind of academic experience."
What's in store for Sonia, Elizabeth, Josangel, and the rest of this group? Foremost, the students will focus on mastering the SAT and getting ready to take their first or second official SAT later this year. Over the course of the next several months, our instructors and students will meet on Friday evenings in Hunts Point to dissect the 'ins' and 'outs' of the SAT. Throughout the winter and spring, the group will also gather in Westchester on Saturday mornings for timed practice exams that will help monitor progress and inform instruction.
Check back in for updates of our journey together!