“When I first joined Mr. Schmidt’s class, I had no idea what to expect. Of course, I planned to just wing the SAT the first time I took it, but through Mr. Schmidt, I learned there was a lot more I needed to know.

As a disclaimer, I am not a very good student. I have the tendency to focus more on my snacks than the worksheets in front of me and to fall asleep when I get bored. However, Mr. Schmidt has done the impossible by not only keeping me up, but actively engrossing me in his class through his unique teaching style that is both enlightening and interesting.

Through his class, I learned about everything from shortcuts in the math section of the SAT to the life of the artist Caravaggio. Despite our disagreements on which school is the best (it’s Parkland), it was an absolute pleasure and honor to take his course. I absolutely would’ve been very lost on my first SAT if it was not for his class.

I’m very grateful to Mr. Schmidt for everything that has happened. I truly believe that if I took a course from anyone else, all I would’ve done is feast on my doritos and fall asleep. Thanks to his engaging course, I was able to pull out a 1550/1600 SAT (800 Math, 750 Reading) and a 35 on the ACT.

This upcoming fall, I will be beginning a new chapter in my life at Dartmouth College as an economics and environmental studies major.”