Grad Spotlight: Bound to be a Bruin
Siobhan Nelson came to Visions when she was in third grade. A former traditional public school student, Siobhan succeeded in the Rapid Learner program. But the competitive environment and excessive pressure left Siobhan feeling overwhelmed and unfulfilled. Visions offered her an alternative to that atmosphere, one where she could receive a rigorous education while also exploring her passions.
“I was able to pursue and develop more of my interests at Visions by using budget money to enroll in various extracurriculars,” says Siobhan. “I participated in the 916 Ink program, volunteered with the non-profit organization Learn To Be, served as a board member on the Mission Oaks Teen Advisory Board, and used my charter funds to participate in voice lessons with School of Rock.”
Between all of these extracurricular activities, Siobhan still managed to set her sights on college. With the help of her credentialed teacher, Judy Flora, she laid the foundation for admission into a four year university.
“Mrs. Flora always supported my educational path, provided resources, and extended opportunities to me like using UC Scout as an educational platform,” says Siobhan. “I was able to participate in the California Scholarship Federation and I began dual enrollment by taking community college classes starting in 9th grade.”
All of these enrichment vendors and dual enrollment opportunities helped Siobhan secure her future, while also narrowing down some of the passions she’ll be taking with her into her college career.
“Through taking dual enrollment classes in psychology, I discovered my passion for this subject, and participated in a psychology summer class at UC Santa Cruz,” says Siobhan. “Now I am proud to say that I have been offered admission to study psychology at UCLA, and am eager to begin the next chapter of my educational journey!”
A Perfect Fit
At Visions, Siobhan was able to choose classes based on her interests and learning style, and found that the educational model was perfect for her.
“I greatly enjoyed my self-directed education with so many resources available to me,” says Siobhan. “The budget money that students receive helps make education fun by allowing us to participate in many enrichment classes, and Visions’ reputation of academic rigor made it a great choice!”