We are very much looking forward to our highly-anticipated Alumni Panel on March 18 at 12:30 PM. Families are invited to join our Head of School and three BASIS Oro Valley alumni. BASIS Oro Valley was ranked the #1 school by the Washington Post in 2016. Though BASIS Independent McLean is new to Northern Virginia, the BASIS name carries with it a legacy of preparing students to attend some of the world's best colleges and universities. The alumni who will be in attendance at the event are no exception. Currently attending Virginia Tech, Duke, and Haverford College, these former BASIS students embody the preparation for great things that a BASIS education affords. Leading up to March 18, we want to give you a sneak peek of some of the alumni that you will meet.
Charles Huang - BASIS Oro Valley Class of 2015
College: Duke University
When did you start at BASIS Oro Valley?
I started in 8th grade at BASIS Oro Valley when it opened in 2010. Because 8th grade is such a
pivotal year at BASIS, marking the first year of Upper School, the differences from my previous school were stark in contrast. The BASIS curriculum was much more rigorous and demanding, however, it also provided the extra challenge I felt was missing from my previous middle school. I felt as if I was not only learning more than before, but also better understanding key concepts.
How would you describe the culture of BASIS?
The best way I can describe the culture at BASIS is like a large, extended family. Starting in the 8th grade, by senior year, everyone at BASIS seemed just like another family. Over the years we shared countless memories, supported each other, and gradually developed an everlasting bond, not only between all the students, but also the teachers and faculty. I believe this dynamic truly separates BASIS from every other school in the nation, and why BASIS students love going to school every day.
What did you do to balance academics with things outside of school, like your social life, extracurriculars, team sports, etc.?
For me, the most important thing to balance extracurricular activities and school was making sure I knew what I had to do each day. I would write a checklist in a planner of things that needed to be completed for the day, and would cross off each item as I completed them. This way, I could organize my work so that I always had time to fit in extracurriculars, sports, and social activities.
Did you do a senior project? If so, what was it about?
My Senior Project was on researching modern portfolio theory. For my project, I worked with my advisor on learning the strategies of value investing. Then, I applied this research by creating a portfolio of hand-picked stocks, documenting the growth of the portfolio over the duration of the Senior Project period.
What advice do you have for kids considering BASIS?
My advice for students starting BASIS is that no matter how difficult it may seem sometimes, in the end it’s all worth it. Anyone can be a BASIS student. If you truly want to get a worthwhile education and are willing to put in the work, you’ll receive everything BASIS has to offer and more.
Don't miss our Meet The Alumni Event on March 18 at 12:30 PM!
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