"USchool has allowed me to express myself and find the things I am passionate about. I have been exposed to classes and teachers that have inspired me and friends that have always supported and encouraged me."
Junior Kylie Cohen joined NSU University School (USchool) her freshman year of high school and has served as a leader and positive role model for her peers ever since. Throughout the past three years, Cohen has taken full advantage of the extracurricular and experiential learning opportunities available at USchool, which have helped her discover and develop her passions, including helping others and working with children.
As an active member of the Campus Companions club, Cohen uses her gift of caring for others by mentoring Lower School students and helping them with any difficulties they may be experiencing. She is also involved in the New2U program, which gives her the opportunity to speak with and tour prospective students to share the benefits of being a USchool student.
"I get so much enjoyment from helping others and know that I am someone people turn to for support and advice," said Cohen.
In her role as president of the Psychology Club, Cohen raises awareness for mental health and encourages the Shark community to help those in need. Leading by example, Cohen also serves as captain of both the Varsity Soccer team at USchool and her travel team. When she's not on campus or on the field, Cohen volunteers for an organization called Achieve Miami where she helps underprivileged elementary school children learn how to read and write.
This year, Cohen was one of only two students selected to participate in a highly selective psychology internship at the Mailman Segal Center for Human Development (MSC), an achievement she is most proud of. Through NSU University School's partnership with Nova Southeastern University and MSC, Cohen has been able to study the development of children and gain experience working with children who have autism and eating disorders, all skills that will help her as she pursues a career in psychology.
"I really appreciate the education I am receiving at USchool and never take it for granted," said Cohen. "I have learned the value of hard work and that you have to put in time and effort to achieve your goals."
Over the years, Cohen's parents have served as a source of inspiration and guidance, helping her excel both inside and outside of the classroom. They have played an instrumental role in her life, shaping the diligent leader she is today.
"My parents have given me so many incredible opportunities, including coming to USchool," said Cohen. "USchool has allowed me to express myself and find the things I am passionate about. I have been exposed to classes and teachers that have inspired me and friends that have always supported and encouraged me."
After graduation, Cohen envisions herself playing college soccer and pursuing a degree in psychology, contributing to society by helping individuals diagnosed with mental illnesses.
"I hope to leave a legacy of someone who was a hard worker, always there for other people, and never gave up no matter the circumstances," said Cohen.