Outstanding graduate: Nicole Kim, from Francisco Bravo Medical Magnet High School

Posted by MONICA CARAZO on 6/4/2019 2:30:00 PM

Making a Tough Choice to Reach a Goal

Picture of Nicole Kim In her freshman year at Francisco Bravo Medical Magnet High School, Nicole Kim had a question for her counselor. She was taking Algebra I, and asked what she needed to do to take the Advanced Placement Calculus BC class in her senior year? She set that goal and began working toward it.

Nicole took six math classes, including three at a local community college. The rigorous and difficult courses prepared her for the Advanced Placement class, and forced her to make a painful choice: The calculus class was only offered at the same time as her dance class. Though passionate about dance, she made the sacrifice to complete her goal.

Focused on academics and a member of the National Honor Society, Nicole also danced for three years, and played badminton in high school.

“I am grateful for my experience at Bravo Medical Magnet,” Nicole said. “The school’s competitive spirit helped me prepare for my college experience.”

She is now headed to the Ivy League. In September, she will attend the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

“When I was growing up, I always thought I would attend a local college, UCLA or USC. I never thought I would go far away,” Nicole said. “But, when I visited the campus in October, I loved the campus. I knew it was the place for me.”

At Penn, she plans to major in biology—and of course, set new goals.