RHS student accepted into Wake Forest Immersion Program

Hands-on teaching, full immersion into any topic, and access to world-class researchers, faculty, and professionals. That’s what Wake Forest University’s Immersion Program is all about, and Riverside sophomore Abe Cunningham can’t wait to attend.

Math teacher Ricardo Privette encouraged Cunningham to apply. 

A few weeks later he received his acceptance letter and a scholarship. 

“I was extremely happy that I got in and was able to get a full scholarship,” he said. “It felt good to be able to take that financial stress off my parents.”

Cunningham will spend one week on campus in Winston-Salem, NC studying human behavior and psychology. According to Wake Forest’s website, students will take a trip inside the mind to learn about how illusions, emotions, and biases affect how we see and interact with the world. 

“I’ve always been interested in human behaviors and reactions to situations [people] have been through,” he said. “I’ve seen a lot of that in myself recently, especially with growing up in an abusive household where there was a lot of drug use and family issues.” 

He expects this program to not only look good on a transcript but to also enlighten him on human behavior and how people’s past experiences affect their personality traits. Cunningham is also interested in mechanical engineering and law as potential careers.

Cunningham thinks this is a great opportunity and feels privileged to have been chosen.

“I would just like to say thank you to Mr. Privette; For always helping me, having faith in me, and trying to get me to be the best student that I can be and to take advantage of all the programs that I can,” Cunningham said.  

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