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i’m shelby i am a senior at the mississippi

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school for math and science which is a 
residential high school in mississippi

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and i’m going to duke university in the fall

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finding out that i got into tasp first of 
all was just like a huge moment for me because

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it’s a really really selective program and i 
had no idea i even had a shot at getting in

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um so 60 students are selected for the program 
and 15 students go into each of four seminars

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i got my first choice pick on my seminars which 
was a seminar on education and citizenship which

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is a topic i’m really really really fascinated 
in we discussed with two professors this about

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600 page course reader we we went from like 
platonic philosophy to romantic poetry and then

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read court cases through the years on education 
on education and a lot of educational philosophy

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pieces and it really really changed my outlook 
on things um i got to talk with students from

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all over the nation who had completely different 
backgrounds and experiences it was the most

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diverse group of students i’ve ever been a part of 
we asked questions that i before would have never

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thought to ask we all of our conversations 
centered around equity and making schools

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better places for students for teachers and how 
we could use schools to build up communities

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and outside of the seminar which we had four days 
a week and we had a paper to write every friday

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and we did lots of social events we had 
really cool guest speakers come and talk to us

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professors and legislative fellows and we had a 
lot of and we we were allowed to plan all of the

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activities for our cohort with the the big thing 
about tasp is self-governance so we would meet

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once a week and we would schedule lists of things 
we wanted to do so we had game nights we used our

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group’s budget to mail ourselves tea and 
face masks and um we had a self-care night

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we had political discussions we watched movies 
together and so we it’s the out of all the virtual

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experiences i’ve had this year this was the most 
effective at like really building a community

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me and some of the people from my cohort would 
stay up all night some nights just talking and

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swapping experiences one of my best friends now 
lives in massachusetts and if you can imagine

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massachusetts and mississippi are very different 
places but somehow we still find ways to connect

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and she’s one of like i talk to her every single 
day and i have we have regular zoom calls with me

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and a few of the people from my tasp we have 
a group chat i actually made friends in the

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virtual format with all of us spread out across 
the country and even like internationally um

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one of the people in our group was from 
canada so it was really really cool

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i applied to multiple summer programs however

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everything but tasp was cancelled 
um but tasp was my first choice

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anyway um because i just really thought with the 
community aspect and the self-governance aspect

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and being able to really build my own experience 
with the people in my cohort would be really

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really awesome i thought that i’d be able to 
take the most from that experience and the

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education and citizenship seminar in particular 
really interested in me interested me i’m hoping

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to be an educator after college so that’s 
something i’m really really passionate about

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the tasp is completely free um 
which is a big highlight of it

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they really really want like 
low-income students and minority

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students like i said our group was very diverse 
and i think a lot of us were low-income students

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i’d have to say the best part of 
the program was the people i met um

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one of the common things that we all connected 
over was the fact that we didn’t really know a

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lot of people like ourselves because everyone 
in my group was determined to learn as much as

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they could about the world around them and apply 
it to really change the world everyone i met at

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tasp wanted to change the world and wanted to have 
a positive impact on the society they lived in and

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we really bonded over that and from that we had 
so many discussions that have forever changed me

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i really don’t have any negatives it 
was a super cool experience besides like

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zoom exhaustion um i’d say it was an 
incredibly incredibly diverse community

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except for like political beliefs and i 
think we could have had more interesting

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conversations about politics if there was 
more of a spectrum but everyone leaned left

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um so that that was something that i don’t know 
maybe it would have been a little more interesting

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to have differently but i i really don’t 
think there was necessarily a worst part of it

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well obviously it was different 
than i expected because of covid

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and i was expecting to like be able to go to 
maryland and stay there but and while like the

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whole time i wished it would have been in person 
and i would have gotten that experience that

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everyone said was so life-changing it was still 
life-changing and i think they did the very best

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they possibly could with the format we had um so 
obviously that’s a major difference and i think

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they maintained all the elements of the program 
they promised in the brochures besides that

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i would say to pour your 
heart and soul into the essays

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those the essays for the application are very 
long um and what they’re really looking for

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is a desire to learn they don’t want you to be 
perfect you don’t have to be that accomplished but

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they want you to love learning and love connecting 
with people and they also value maturity and being

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able to solve conflict and have conversations with 
people who are different than you and if you can

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highlight those things and also highlight some 
unique aspects of yourself that make you stand

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out that will really give you a shot at getting 
in i mean i’m not on the selection committee so i

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obviously don’t know fully but i think those were 
the common threads in my friend’s essays and mine

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i felt i didn’t feel great about my interview 
because my interviewer was a math professor

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in canada who i had nothing in common with um 
but i was able to tell him about my experience

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where i live and we were able to contrast 
some of the things that we had experienced

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and also the questions they will hit you in 
with in the interview are quite difficult

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and will catch you off guard the first 
question my interview viewer asked me

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was why does racism exist and i had to 
step back for a minute and think because

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that is a difficult question to answer and 
a lot of the questions are like that and

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will really and they really just want to hear 
the way you think and reason through things

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you