MonaEskandariStanford2012Mona Eskandari graduated from BASIS Tucson in 2007. She is a Ph.D. Candidate in Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University. Ms. Eskandari is also a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow and a Stanford Graduate Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Fellow.

Earlier this year I had a wonderful opportunity to meet with Ms. Eskandari, a BASIS Alumna, to learn about her experience attending a BASIS school. I was inspired by her accomplishments, and by how her education prepared her for college, graduate school and beyond.  We recently connected again and I asked if she was willing to share what her experience at BASIS meant to her. Below is what she had to say.

"BASIS prepared me for what I now know in Silicon Valley is called a growth mindset. The ability to harness one's willingness to grow and continuously grow thereafter is a core value that lasts a lifetime. It's not about what you know, because that is a fixed quantity, it is about how you can learn more. It is about the teachers and staff that are there to ensure you find the method that allows you to learn efficiently and in the long-run. BASIS is not about just the academics, it's about the mindset. In learning to adopt this mindset, you can be prepared for college, graduate school, and life."

I have met with a number of alumni from BASIS schools. What they share is the growth mindset that Ms. Eskandari describes. They are continuously improving themselves because they recognize the value of doing so. They are persistent learners who are constantly exploring and building upon a deep content knowledge base. It is this foundation that inspires great creativity and critical reasoning.  

We will have more profiles of our alumni posted in the next few weeks. Please stay tuned!

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