I chose Animas because I was frustrated with the learning style and environment of my previous school. When I was in elementary school, I was identified as a GT (Gifted and Talented) student because I thought in a different way than most of the kids in my grade, and I needed to be challenged. I was and constantly am looking for challenges, and this was lost at my previous school due to the design of the classroom, curriculum, and teaching style. I was given more work instead of more challenging work which makes it hard to do well, so when I heard about Animas, I was immediately interested. I found that the project based learning style and smaller school body was exactly what I was looking for, so I shadowed. I came when the freshman were working on a project in which they design a prototype for a new school, which was different than anything I had ever seen done in a school. From my experience, a project like that wasn't supposed to be school project, and I realized that the specific project portrayed exactly what Animas is like-project based learning incorporated with design thinking to connect what we’re learning to real life.