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Shiva Oswal

"IMACS fundamentally changed the way I view problem solving by hardwiring my brain to constantly search for patterns, connect new challenges to existing concepts, and rigorously prove the correctness of my results rather than taking things at face value. This way of thinking has helped me appreciate the intricate beauty inherent in mathematics, computer science, and beyond."

He chose Carnegie Mellon University

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Grace Hancock

"IMACS fostered in me a love for creative problem solving and mathematical theory without me even realizing it. Over the years, I’ve come to truly appreciate that foundation and the advantage it provided in all aspects of my learning."

She chose Northwestern

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Albert Wang

"IMACS greatly cultivated my interest in mathematics and computer science through its engaging logic-based classes, delving deep into the inner workings of mathematical results that other programs just shallowly state for granted."

He chose MIT

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Katherine Minielly

"IMACS taught me how to approach any problem from different directions and gave me the logical reasoning skills to be able to think my way to a solution."

She chose Washington University

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Robert Ferguson

"IMACS gave me an incredible foundation for mathematics, building my logical thinking and proof writing skills and feeding my love for problem-solving. As a result I was already well ahead by my first college math class and never looked back."

He chose University of Florida

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Peyton Robertson

"From a very early age, IMACS nurtured my interest in mathematics and computer science and gave me a thorough grounding in problem-solving skills and mathematical thinking that have benefited me in all of my advanced coursework and intellectual pursuits."

He chose Stanford

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Vievie Romanelli

"IMACS revealed the beauty of math and encouraged me to explore my passions. The courses challenged me to see math as a creative activity and seek to understand it beyond a surface level."

She chose Tufts

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Gabriel Zaragoza

"IMACS gave me a huge head start learning computer science in depth when other programs were shallow and rudimentary. Thanks to IMACS, I have a strong foundation that easily goes beyond any one programming language."

He chose Carnegie Mellon

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Azzara Nincevic

"Taking IMACS classes from a young age instilled in me the habit of inquiry and a drive to understand why things work the way they do. I learned how to learn, which helps me solve problems in all aspects of life."

She chose University of Toronto

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Naomi Spargo

"IMACS helped me to discover my passion with courses that encourage creative problem-solving and offer a deep, meaningful understanding of the material. If it weren’t for IMACS, I might never have realized that I like math!"

She chose Carnegie Mellon

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Adrian Abedon

"IMACS did more than just teach me the fundamentals of computer science. It taught me that solutions to big and small problems will never come easily, and the only way to approach them is with tenacity and persistence."

He chose Carnegie Mellon

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Emily Namm

"IMACS taught me to approach problems differently both in the classroom and in the world. They challenged me when school was too easy and cultivated in me a love of mathematics that will last my whole life."

She chose UF Honors

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Nik Kaufman

"Logical reasoning and critical thinking are applicable both within and outside of mathematics. As a medical student, I use these skills every day to efficiently diagnose and effectively treat patients. I credit my many years at IMACS for growing these skills to their fullest potential."

He chose UF School of Medicine

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Shuli Jones

"IMACS gave me such an early understanding of computer programming and logic that today, complex programming concepts are simply part of the way I think. This now-innate ability helps me succeed in all of my STEM classes and is something I would not have been able to learn anywhere else."

She chose MIT

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Ricky Morse

"Taking IMACS classes from a young age gave me a clear advantage in math and computer science, but it also helped me excel in all other fields. I am able to approach complex problems with confidence because of what I learned at IMACS."

He chose Rice

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Sarah Thomas

"My IMACS experience gave me an appreciation for the fascinating and vast field of computer science and was integral to my decision to major in computer science. I learned many different methods for problem-solving, which will assist me in all my endeavors whether related to computer science or not."

She chose Stanford

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Ty Kay

"IMACS taught me to simultaneously think critically and creatively, imbuing me with skills that assisted me throughout high school and played a fundamental role in my decision to pursue data analysis at Princeton University."

He chose Princeton

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Snow Kang

"IMACS is the one place that doesn’t teach you steps to get to a specific solution but rather how to use logical and creative thinking to develop your own solution. It is the embodiment of everything learning should be."

She chose Dartmouth

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Mason Janenda

"My early exposure to IMACS provided me with a unique foundation in logic and mathematics that helped me succeed in advanced STEM classes at a very early age. I understand numbers intuitively and am able to solve complex problems in my head thanks to my IMACS training."

He chose Rice

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Cori Williams

"IMACS turned the slightly enigmatic, ever-changing field of Computer Science into a never-ending set of fun puzzles for me to solve. It brought to my attention the intricacy and beauty of the field while illustrating how I could become a part of it."

She chose Brown

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RJ Antonello

"IMACS taught me an organic approach to problem-solving, a way of thinking that demonstrates the necessary rigor required to solve genuinely challenging problems. The introduction to proofs and logic that I got at IMACS was absolutely critical to my success at Caltech."

He chose Caltech

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Fiona Brady

"Logic and computer programming classes at IMACS taught me how to organize my thinking and break problems into solvable pieces. The natural structure of logic and computer programming allowed me to see the structure of a mathematical proof as I was writing or reading it. When I understand it at that level, I feel I can reconstruct it and use it creatively as well."

She chose Northwestern

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Zachary Farnsworth

"Being able to think both analytically and creatively is why Stanford students are at the forefront of technological innovation. My IMACS background taught me HOW to think, allowing me to stand out among my classmates. Because of this, I was able to easily understand the concepts taught in the accelerated freshman courses in programming, multivariable calculus, and differential equations."

He chose Stanford

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Rachel Cuozzo

"An MIT degree says to the world that you are capable of complex problem-solving and abstract thinking. IMACS gave me a jump start on my MIT education, as it taught me to exercise the same parts of my mind that I use now on a daily basis."

She chose MIT

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Jesse Salomon

"Hardly anyone enters college knowing how to write mathematical proofs, but thanks to IMACS, I can write proofs in my sleep! And beyond that, IMACS provided me with a framework to handle the abstract nature of advanced math at Caltech."

He chose Caltech

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Rachel Gologorsky

"IMACS fostered precisely the clear, logical thought processes necessary to succeed in advanced math and computer science classes. It is very important, both in math and computer science, to be able to think in an abstract manner, and I am grateful that IMACS prepared me very well."

She chose Harvard

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Ryan Newton

"I can hardly believe how lucky we were to have encouraged Ryan, my son, to take IMACS classes."

He chose MIT

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Shakthi Shrima

"I chose IMACS because it was thorough – it combined my predilection for theory and concept with rigor and practicality, both of which are needed to learn computer science well."

She chose Princeton

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Jacob Cordeiro

"IMACS gave me a whole new toolbox for approaching problems and puzzles across many different subjects. I learned how to visualize information and algorithms, and I loved discovering new programming languages like Scheme."

He chose Harvey Mudd

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Scott Caplan

"In my first year at Yale everybody in my dorm was asking me questions about math proofs that seemed to me to be completely routine, and I remember asking myself how they could have studied for so long and yet know so little. Thank you IMACS for giving me such a great preparation for college!"

He chose Yale

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Jennifer Hernandez

"Before IMACS, I did not realize how interesting and exciting mathematics could be. It taught me advanced thinking skills that helped me succeed in all my math classes and even in my general studies."

She chose MIT

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Kenny Chan

"My IMACS classes got me interested in my high school curriculum, and I used IMACS in applying to the Wharton Business School’s Jerome Fisher program. I want to thank you for an amazing curriculum in electronics, logic and Computer Science."

He chose Wharton

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Brett Orvieto

"Although I juggled a lot of activities in high school, I believe it was my commitment to IMACS from fifth grade in combination with my involvement in athletics and community service that helped me earn a Dean’s Achievement Scholarship at Emory (2/3 tuition paid for all four years)."

He chose Emory

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David Smith

"With an emphasis on abstract reasoning and complex problem-solving, IMACS taught me to be creative and think about ideas in novel ways. This gave me a definite advantage as an undergraduate and enabled me to excel in high level mathematics courses."

He chose University of Pennsylvania

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Danielle Kibler

"The IMACS program inspires a passion for math in students like no other. I loved IMACS so much as a student that I became an IMACS instructor, and now that my son is old enough, he is a part of the program as well. It's an honor to give a new generation of learners the same benefits that IMACS gave me, and I'm so thankful to see the passion it's igniting in my child."

She chose Johns Hopkins

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Dustin Katzin

"In the first lecture on functional programming in my Software Construction course, the professor told the class, ‘You have probably never seen anything like this before.’ The other students were blown away because they had never studied such sophisticated programming concepts. I ended up acing the course project due to my background in functional programming at IMACS."

He chose MIT

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Zachary Kaufman

"Graduate school at Stanford was so much easier with the logical thinking skills I learned at IMACS. While classmates tried to memorize each type of problem, I was able to strongly grasp core concepts and use them to solve any problem, even if it was different from those I had seen."

He chose Stanford

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Troy Daly

"Every student should have the opportunity to attend IMACS. Even though I attend an Ivy League school with intelligent students, IMACS taught me to think abstractly and gave me a leg up over my peers. The skills and confidence IMACS afforded me played a fundamental role in my success during my first year at Wharton."

He chose The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania

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