As part of a special feature that we would like to continue in the future, we have launched ‘Senior Corner’ articles! These will feature small interviews with some of the exceptional seniors of each graduating class of ANS. Since they are twelfth graders, they are asked twelve questions! For this issue, we were happy to be able to interview Avis Corea.
What is your name and how long have you been at ANS?
- My name is Avis Stephania del Carmen Corea Britton and I have been at ANS for 8 years.
What are three words you would use to describe yourself?
- The three words I would use to describe myself are: convivial, rational and independent-thinker.
What are some of your hobbies?
- I have a wide range of hobbies. First, I really love reading, and I focus on the fields that fascinate me like history, politics and Latin American studies. I am also really interested in all things Nicaragua like its economic progress, its revolutionary roots, its dictatorship, its social development and much more. Right now, I am reading Underdevelopment is a State of Mind: The Latin American Case by Lawrence E. Harrison, which is great, very well written and something that I would definitely recommend. In addition to reading, I also like the arts. I love music. I enjoy singing my favorite songs, especially Nicaraguan folk ones, and have taught myself to play the guitar. I also really love baroque art, and I like any piece that is deep and abstract.
What are your potential study or work plans for the future?
- I would love to study procesos jurídicos in Chile or in a South American country! I would like to get into politics or a related field in the future; I am especially interested in becoming a minister.
How was your college application experience?
- Honestly, horrible. I hated how you often felt insecure about it and about yourself, even if you were done with everything. During the college application process, I was constantly re-doing and re-doing things because I didn’t feel completely sure about them — but that’s how it should be. Even if you have to re-do and make one hundred drafts, make them, and send only what you are completely confident about. You have to submit and show colleges your very best. The application process takes a lot of time and a lot of energy. It’s hard, but just concentrate on your senior year, and you’ll get there.
How has ANS prepared you for college?
- ANS has allowed me to take AP classes in subjects that I have been genuinely interested in, like humanities, and has allowed me to truly discover myself and what to do in the future. It has pushed forward my passion for political science.
Did you take any standardized tests? If so, what did you take, how did you study and what would you recommend?
- I have taken two AP tests, and have taken the SAT two times. I don’t really believe in standardized testing because I don’t think it is an accurate measure of your intellect, but it is important for your college application. I got a tutor to prepare, but if you don’t have access to that, there are a lot of online resources available to you, so don’t worry.
Have you had any college interviews? If so, how did they work and what advice would you give for them?
- No, not yet.
What has been your best memory of ANS? What has been your worst?
- My worst memory of ANS was my first HACIA Democracy trip. It wasn’t a great experience, and I also met people I wish I hadn’t. My best memory of ANS…well, this is a little peculiar, but when I was in seventh grade, a dove landed in my open hands. It was weird, but I loved that moment. It was oddly symbolic.
If you could redo or re-experience any school year, which one would it be?
- I wish I could re-do tenth grade. I just feel I could have done better. There are things I could have improved upon.
What is one piece of advice you would give to future seniors?
- Everyone will say this, but I will repeat it: start applications now! Start them from August, or even before that if possible. Organize your time and organize your workload — organize everything! Do not succumb to procrastination.
What will you miss from Nicaragua?
We thank Avis for her time with us, and wish her all the best going forward!