Meet Kate S., of MeriRiverside! Kate is a 2018 graduate of Riverside Polytechnic High School and was the class salutatorian with a 4.71 GPA. What makes Kate stand out is her dedication to meaningful activities and careful planning for her future.
Kate first attended MeriEducation in the summer of her junior year for our College Apps Workshops and SAT Prep. She actually had already started prepping for the SAT on her own when she was a freshman!
After taking her first SAT, Kate reached a score of 1470! She attributes her success to a combination of relentless studying and a persistent mindset.
Kate is driven by her desire to find purpose and benefits in everything she does to motivate herself and help manage additional commitments. As a writer and editor for her school newspaper, The Poly Spotlight, she developed leadership skills by managing a completely student-run online newspaper.
To act on her desire to give back to the community, she was an active member of the Poly National Honors Society and was also the founder and president of Poly’s UNICEF club. Being a part of the Poly Girls’ tennis team taught her the value of self-discipline and teamwork. The most meaningful commitment for Kate was music. She played the violin for the UCR Orchestra and was also a contributing member of the Poly Muse Club, a group of Poly student musicians who play music for school board meetings and community events.
Kate attended UCI’s Summer Pre-Med Program, a two-week healthcare internship, where she was exposed to various professions in the medical field, learned how to diagnose patients, and studied the anatomy of the human body. She also volunteered as a Conversation and American Culture Peer Mentor to Foreign Students at UCR and helped expose them to the American culture and improve their English.