Talent Search has helped me a lot. I was able to take my SATs twice for free and then apply anywhere I wanted. Penn State was one of the last places I applied because I didn’t really have that much confidence in myself to be able to get in. I was nervous, and I feel like if it wasn’t free, I just wouldn’t have applied. I ended up being accepted into five schools and it was nice that I didn’t ever have to worry about paying the $50 for each one, because it adds up. Being the first in my family to go to college makes me feel really good about myself; [being first generation] is a hard thing to do. But everyone supports me, and I think it will be okay. I am really excited, excited for a little bit of freedom and a fresh start.

Aaliyah is a 2022 graduate of Sharon City School District where she was in the top twenty in her class and lettered in academics. While at Sharon she was active in a number of student organizations and sports, some of which included being Captain for the Varsity Soccer, Swimming, and Track and Field teams, President of NHS, and Secretary for the Culinary Arts Club and Class of 2022, Yearbook, and of course, Talent Search. Aaliyah began taking classes at Penn State University for Architecture and Interior Design and is excited to be doing so at their University Park campus. After earning her degree, she hopes to attain her real estate license and go into business flipping and selling homes. She is excited to see her lifelong long hobby decorating and remodeling as well as the skills gained from Yearbook and Design classes coming together in this college major and career goal.

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