Lee: An Intro to Me

Hi everyone! My name is Lee, and I’m going to assume that if you are reading this then you are trying to figure out what to do about college. I’ve been there, and my pre-college experience was somewhat unique.

I ended up going to a total of 3 high schools. Like the other bloggers you will find on this site, I just graduated from the Indiana Academy for Sciences, Mathematics, and Humanities. That’s the ridiculously long name of the residential, academically advanced high school I spent my junior and senior years at. The Academy is meant to introduce students into the college experience little by little so that when we graduate we are as prepared as possible to move onto actual college. The Academy does this by inviting students from all over the state to apply, and then move onto campus which it shares with a real University. We take classes taught like college classes and by many past college professors, and even take classes with the college we share a campus with.

The academy has really shaped me as a student, and person overall if I’m totally honest. I remember that during my first trip back home as a Junior my mom was a little freaked out by how much more confident in myself I was, after only six weeks away. That was just the beginning for me, and as a sophomore visiting the Academy I never could have imagined the different experiences I would have there, from meeting some of my closest friends, to thinking more critically about Frankenstein than I thought possible, and being more independent than ever before. For the first time, when I ran out of shampoo, I was responsible for walking to Walgreens and getting some more.  Its smallest things that let you know that you are responsible for yourself, but it’s the best part of Academy life.

Now I’m an incoming freshman at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) in Savannah, GA as an Interior Design major. When you are thinking about college, I know there are a million different things to consider, but I think that one of the most important is to pick a school that you can see yourself growing into a new version of you at. You cannot avoid becoming more independent once you’re away from home, so choose a place that makes you want to break out of your shell. SCAD is such a different environment than I have experienced before, but I’m excited about being a student there, so I now it’s the right place for me.

The most important piece of advice I can give to anyone is this: make sure you are thinking about yourself first and foremost when it comes to college. You get to make your college experience whatever you want it to be, so make sure you are listening to your own gut more than anyone else.  And in the beginning, no decision is final.  You get to decide what you want, and then change your mind, and then change it again. I mean, eventually you probably pick a major and stick with it, but you don’t have to decide that today. And maybe after all of this you will learn that college isn’t for you, and that’s cool too. If nothing else, my pre-college experience at the Academy has made me realize that there are more possibilities for us than we realize, so don’t worry!

Bye for now,


Lee Cloar

Lee Cloar

Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) 2020. Interior Design major.
Lee Cloar

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