Rebecca Wolf, a salutatorian for the Class of 2021, has spent her 14-year educational journey at NSU University School (USchool) where she dedicated herself to academic excellence and community service, building lifelong friendships and close relationships with her teachers along the way. Rebecca was always encouraged by role models in our school community. As a first grader, Rebecca remembers admiring the fourth grade students who led the annual Make-a-Wish fundraiser, marveling at what they had accomplished. Since then, she has become a student leader, serving as both vice president of the senior class and vice president of fundraising for the National Honor Society.
Rebecca’s love for math and all things STEM started early on and only grew as she got older. Invited to participate in our challenging Math Fellows program allowed her to enrich her learning and inspire others along the way. Upon realizing the gender gap in STEM disciplines, she successfully rebooted our Math Circles program, serving as co-president, to encourage young girls to be confident and passionate about math. Rebecca serves as president of Achieve Miami, helping improve the literacy skills of elementary school students in underserved communities to continue working toward educational equality while exercising her leadership skills both in the classroom and in the South Florida community.
Attending USchool has been a family affair for Rebecca. She is the final Wolf child to graduate following her three older brothers. Her experience at USchool has been one filled with memories she will cherish for years to come. Rebecca is most proud of her acceptance to Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering, her first-choice college. She plans to study electrical and computer engineering and will continue to maximize her educational experience as a Duke Blue Devil.
Q&A with Rebecca:
Describe your leadership style.
My leadership style is heavily centered around collaboration. I grew up in a large, loud family, and I personally feel that the best ideas come out when there are diverse viewpoints on the table.
NSU’s Core Values are Academic Excellence, Student Centered, Integrity, Innovation, Opportunity, Scholarship/Research, Diversity, and Community. Which value resonates most with you and how have you embodied it?
The values of community and opportunity resonate most with me. With both Math Circles and Achieve Miami, I have performed community service throughout my USchool experience that has been geared toward opening up doors and encouraging students to walk through them.
What are the top three reasons you love being a student at USchool and being a part of the Shark family?
USchool’s faculty is unrivaled! You can have meaningful conversations with the same people who teach you history. Being on a college campus is also special and a unique experience that provides access to infinite resources and makes learning much more in-depth and interactive. Lastly, USchool provides a feeling of family. Everyone knows everyone in the community, which makes school far less daunting and way more enjoyable.
Share a fun fact about yourself that most people do not know.
Although academically I am more focused on the logical facets of life, I am actually quite creative. I love indulging in my creativity. I create crochet pillows, bake and decorate cakes, paint watercolor portraits, and tuft homemade rugs.
Who has served as a source of inspiration and guidance for you over the years and how?
Having taken all five of his courses, Dr. A has always been the biggest source of inspiration and guidance. There have been countless times where I have doubted my abilities in physics and math, handing him my test and warning him that I may have gotten zero questions correct. He always responded calmly, assuring me that he knew I was far more capable than what I could see. His constant encouragement pushed me to apply to engineering school. I will truly miss Dr. A and his 21st century teaching when I graduate.
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