CSI Success Stories

Liz Woods

Former CSI Student

Currently attending Yale University

Liz attended CSI during the summer between her sophomore and junior years at Buhl High School. After studying at CSI, she spent a summer as an exchange student in Costa Rica. She later received the Marine Corps’ Scholastic Excellence Award, and was a National Merit Finalist. Liz currently is studying economics at Yale University and plans to spend the summer interning with a stock brokerage firm in Los Angeles. CSI helped Liz’s admission to the competitive universities she was hoping to attend, and helped prepare her for the transition from high school to an Ivy League university.

In her testimony Liz said: “My experience at CSI taught me a great deal about the importance of seeking opportunities in unexpected places. CSI offered me challenges in curriculum that I couldn’t find at my high school and helped me connect to the remarkable network of resources available at the College. The work ethic I developed in my summer studies at CSI became important in the semester I spent as an exchange student, and have proven invaluable in my academic pursuits at Yale. I’ll always be glad I spent a summer semester at CSI.”

“The class I took at CSI was not required for my high school graduation, but was strongly recommended for applicants to the competitive universities I hoped to attend. Taking the class during the summer made it possible for me to fulfill that recommendation without having to sacrifice in-depth study in other areas during the academic year. Having college experience on my resumé demonstrated initiative and capacity to complete challenging coursework, which made a big difference in my application and ultimate acceptance to those competitive institutions. The skill sets I developed at CSI are still important in my studies - going to CSI engendered in me a consistent work ethic and a new level of intellectual curiosity and willingness to ask questions, which contribute on a daily basis to my academic success.”

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Stories were submitted and/or verified for accuracy by the CSI students featured in them. Some of the stories have been edited for content/brevity by CSI staff. The currency of the information presented depends on when the story was submitted or last updated (we have been continually accepting nominations since spring 2007).