We are very much looking forward to our highly-anticipated Meet The Alumni Event on March 13 at 11 AM. Families are invited to join school leadership as well as nearly a dozen BASIS alumni from around the country as we reflect on their years at BASIS. 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, Cornell, Brown, Duke, College of William & Mary, Yale, and Princeton, these former BASIS students embody the preparation for great things that a BASIS education affords. Leading up to March 13, we want to give you a sneak peek of some of the alumni that you will meet. First up is Yorick Oden-Plants, BASIS Oro Valley Class of 2015.

We happened to catch Yorick during a mid-term study break. Keep reading for more and be sure to register for the Meet The Alumni Event on March 13 at 11 AM!

Yorick.jpgYorick Oden-Plants - BASIS Oro Valley Class of 2015
College of William & Mary Class of 2019
Environmental Science & Computer Science

When did you start at BASIS? Tell us about transitioning to the program.

YOP: I started BASIS Oro Valley in the 8th grade, just as the school was opening up. Because the school was brand new, transitioning into the BASIS curriculum wasn't as difficult as usual. That's not to say I was not behind, though.

In what way(s) do you think BASIS best prepared you for your college studies and/or in your current career?

YOP: Overall, I credit my AP scores and the academic schedule at BASIS for my college acceptances. This rigorous schedule definitely taught me how to handle the amount of work I now have at my university. A common refrain among BASIS alumni is that the college work load is often easier than work we did at BASIS!

When you think of your BASIS teachers, what comes to mind?

YOP: In a word- involved. The student-teacher ratio is incredibly small at BASIS, so there are a lot of opportunities to form close bonds with teachers. The teachers at BASIS honestly care about every single student's success. 

What did you do to balance academics with things outside of school?

YOP: While I was at BASIS, my top priority was going to college. I spent most of my time on my academics, but I also explored some areas outside of school that interested me. I was a member of the Youth Advisory Group for the Town Council of Oro Valley, I volunteered for the Ron Barber for Congress campaign, and I founded the BASIS Conservation Society. 

What advice do you have for kids considering BASIS? 

YOP: BASIS puts the responsibility to learn on you. If you aren't interested or motivated to learn and succeed, this school is not for you. If you decide that BASIS is somewhere you'd like to be, just know that sometimes it will be hard, but the pay out is amazing!

Don't miss our Meet The Alumni Event on March 13 at 11 AM!

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