Odyssey Community School provided me with a safe haven to learn, grow, and productively handle the scary high school years between 15 and 18. Today, I am a junior at UNC-Asheville studying mathematics and economics with a 4.0 GPA. I have my eyes set on graduate school at MIT to study pure mathematics. My goal is to be a professor of math at a research university where I can foster the same enthusiasm in students that my teachers (at Odyssey and beyond) fostered in me. In addition, I work as a Research Assistant in the Economics Department at UNC-Asheville, where the research I am doing will be published in a nationally accredited research journal. I will also be presenting at the national undergraduate research symposium, NCUR, in the spring of 2016.
In addition to my academic achievements, last summer I was lucky enough to backpack through Europe with a fellow Odyssey alumni. If it wasn’t for Odyssey Community School, I would not have such a deep appreciation and love for not only academics, but also travel, physical health, emotional well-being, and spiritual growth. At Odyssey, I made life-long friends, life-long goals, and life-long values that define who I am today.
Emily Diaz-Loar, ’13
During our Mini-Mester, a two week break from academic classes in which students dive into independent study and immersive collaborative projects, high school students worked in four teams to produce four unique films inspired by “The greatness of a Read More...