If you want something done, just ask a busy student -- like Jamie Brennan, 17, of East Aurora.
Not only did he achieve a near-perfect SAT score, but he serves as a four-year starter on the varsity tennis team at East Aurora High School, plays trombone and manages to get in 20 hours a week working at the Tops Market in East Aurora, where he's received three customer service awards.
He's also won the Harvard University Book Award for Academic Achievement and been named a National Merit Commended Student, among other accolades. His memberships include the Foreign Language Club and Model United Nations. Plus, the personable teen found time to volunteer at Toyfest and the Explore & More Museum. Whew!
Jamie's taking no less than four Advanced Placement (AP) courses this year: biology, Spanish, calculus, English -- plus music theory and economics/government.
Now a senior, he spent last summer touring college campuses with his family for next year, when he plans to study biology and chemistry.
Here's his secret for success:
"I tend to perform my best when I'm busy," Jamie explains. "I'm at the top of my game if I have a tennis match after school, a paper due tomorrow, a project due the next day and I need to get it all done so I can go to a concert on Friday. Whereas, if I only have a little to do, it's easy for me to just go and listen to music for three hours."
Rock on, Jamie.
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