MATTHEW LUDAVICO

George Washington University, 2021

Where do I even begin when it comes to the amazing place that is GPA? There are not enough words for me to describe my experience here as well as my endless appreciation for the amazing people that I have met at GPA.

I first met David in the spring of my sophomore year, which was during the time that GPA was just being created. A couple friends and I were seeking help for our AP European History class, as we found that our high school class simply was not preparing us enough for the AP test, and a friend suggested that we get in contact with David. What started off as AP Euro tutoring has turned into a lifetime of learning and growing. David turned a boring, ancient European history class into something where we could connect the past to modern day times. He taught with such passion and vigor that made me made me more passionate and excited to learn. I can say without a doubt that I have never met someone like David. David truly changed me and made me realize how I had been living in a tiny bubble my entire life. Before I met David, I never cared about what was going on in the world, and I never had my own opinions and beliefs. As cliché as it may sound, if it were not for GPA, I never would have become the person I am today.

GPA is a “prep academy” (I use that term quite loosely as GPA with modern decor and a welcoming atmosphere completely contrasts that of a traditional prep academy) that creates a global centric community in a valley that is so ignorant and close-minded. Once I step into GPA, I leave behind the narrow-mindedness and shallow perspective that SCV promulgates and join a community of global leaders and people who want to change the world. GPA offers a plethora of classes that I took full advantage of—SAT camps, Global Leadership and Take Action. Take Action and Global Leadership helped me realize my passions and also helped me figure out what I wanted to do with my life. GPA has taught me that there is so much more to the world than Santa Clarita.

GPA has broken the academic and social stereotypes that have been created by this valley and taught me to forge my own educational path. They taught me that colleges don’t want people with only high GPAs and involvement with Key Club or NHS, but rather want interesting students who want to change the world.

I would like to highlight one experience that I had during my high school career that I think is essential to understanding the academic environment that SCV creates. During the spring of my junior year, as I was picking classes for my senior year, my high school counselor said to me:

“Do you even want to go to a four-year university? With these class choices, you are not going to get into any university because you’re not as well-rounded and competitive as the other applicants.” (despite the fact that I had above a 4.0 GPA and had an extensive list of extracurriculars)

With GPA’s help and constant support, I can proudly say that, despite what my high school counselor thought, I am now attending the George Washington University studying at the Elliott School of International Affairs, which is ranked as one of the top ten International Affairs schools in the world. I am forever grateful to David, Myra, MJ, and GPA for making me the person I am today. I would like to thank them for their endless support and love throughout the years.

I can say without a doubt that Global Prep Academy is cultivating world leaders that will truly change the world for the better.

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