Advice for current FISD Students

Hello there, this is Mike Acquisto, real estate broker and co-owner with Acquisto Real Estate, and I’m joined by my son Tanner, Michael Acquisto. He’s a former Frisco ISD student and now a Columbia Ph.D.. Are you officially a candidate now? Not quite. Not quite well, but pretty darn close. So he’s almost there and he’s going to be reflecting on his studies as a crystalised student and how that’s helped him out. Real estate. And when you buy a home, education is one of the first questions as asked. So what we want to do is kind of ask you some questions about your experiences student and see how that can all tie in.

OK, and so what we’re going to go over is will go over your involvement and maybe sports band, AP classes, some of your different experiences there and how that helped you out and gave you a leg up. So let’s first start you went to E you know, when you started elementary school here, there wasn’t many preschool schools. It was really crazy.

And there’s there’s there was definitely way less elementary schools than there are currently high schools. I think there’s ten or eleven high schools in fiscal year now. And at the time, there might have been four high schools. At the time there was maybe Centennial. And I think that was going on where they had liberty at a middle school.

Yeah, that was a crazy experience for those people. So there was a lot of changes all the time. Right. So tell us a little bit about going from like, how do you think for school schools?

Ah, I think they’re good for the most part, at least in my experience. They keep them generally smaller. Right, so that there’s less competition in sports perhaps, or more of an opportunity. And I think people generally enjoy that or appreciate the small schools.

Well, because then people know you. Do you feel that each year teachers knew your name?

Yeah, that’s good. I mean, I think the school at any given time and like five hundred students.

Ok, so I guess it would depend on which school in particular. The elementary schools are much smaller than the middle and middle schools and high schools, and they have changed some different numbers along the way. But essentially you did have good involvement, right, with you as a as a student. So you were able to go all the way through and then you did get to participate in a bunch of different items. Right. So you started and it was really an experience as you were growing up because you had really good success in middle school with band. Right. And you were actually super, super talented with your instrument. So what instrument did you play?

I did the saxophone.

Ok, yeah. And, you know, that’s one thing that I really look at. You had great involvement with your teachers and in particular, you had a private lesson teacher that you really, really liked. And you still talk to him, right?

Yeah, actually. So I’m living in New York and the guy that taught me saxophone lessons in middle school is also living there. And I see him sometimes, maybe not recently, but probably he assume

And he went to you and then he was in one o’clock band. Yes. Yeah. And so what’s his name? Let’s give a shout out Adam Hutchison.

All right. I haven’t seen him in a minute, but yeah.

Ok, so he was a really good guy. The school did a great job bringing him in and then he came over and gave private lessons and all those things. And you had a lot of success in band. Right. So right off the bat, you’re pretty much, you know, you’re good at your instrument and open a lot of doors for you, OK? And then after that, you had a lot of good success with your you really enjoyed your middle school band teacher as well. What was that guy’s name?

Oh, David. Tanavoli. We really liked him as well. And he still comes to our company parties.

Yeah. The Christmas party.

Yeah. He’s always here and he checks in and wants to know how you’re doing and everything else and it’s really nice. So that’s a great experience that you’ve had. Right. To have people come along all that way with you and then you got to high school and you had some choices to make because you to be in band, you have to participate in marching band as well, right?

Yeah, there are ways around that. Yeah. Yeah. The band band requires you to do the marching stuff, but if you’re a football player, you’re in conflict with that.

So band is during that time, obviously during the same season. So marching band and there’s competitions and then there’s, there’s football as well. So at the time when you were a freshman and went into high school, you had a lot going on. Right. And I think that’s a credit to the size of the school and what you’re able to do and the fact that they want you to try a bunch of things.

So you were able to be on the football team, right? Yeah, as a freshman. And then you were able to be on the basketball team, you know, and you got to play baseball as well. Yeah. And you also got to do band. Mm. All simultaneously,

Yes, I did the four for two years, and then I eventually switched just to baseball because I was a little bit overextended. But that’s also just a personal choice. I mean, there are a number of people that did a, you know, two or three year like that.

No, but it’s impressive in that comes back to the size of the school and what you could do. Right. All right. And then as you got older, you took AP classes. So I don’t know if you remember the exact amount of, like, AP credits that you went into into college with.

I think it’s very tricky because it depends on the school you’re going to whether or not they’ll even accept a particular course for credit

And then disappoint school also might have a different minimum score you need in order to have to have it.

Yes, exactly. So that depends. But I think the most most state schools are around things like certain standards that every school kind of has. And then some schools will have like, oh, we need a four instead of a three.

But well, I know I was incredibly happy because from memory, I think you went in with somewhere like thirty to forty five credits already of college kind of done, I think it was a little bit over 30 and then maybe one or two of them didn’t count.

Yeah. Yeah. So that really helped you out. It made you be able to go through college a lot quicker. Right. So your undergraduate at Texas A&M, you were able to finish that? How quickly?

I did, yeah. I was able to pull off undergrad in three years.  

And that probably goes back to the fact that you were able to take a lot of classes in college or in high school. Right. That counted towards college. So used to be able to do that. So that’s a big deal. So that’s a huge, huge saver and something that I would recommend. Are you good recommending that to current students?

I think it’s a good thing to do if you’re interested in, you know, gaining that time back. But I think also one of the nice things about the US undergraduate system is that it’s four years long compared to other places where it might actually be a little bit shorter. And that first year, if you kind of rush through it, you’re kind of forgoing what I think is a nice addition to the system and that you kind of have time to fill out what you want to do. Right.

And a lot of school systems are going into your undergraduate. You have to know what you want to specialize in and study. But in the US, you get that first year to kind of take general studies and say, maybe I don’t want to be a mom, you know, a theater arts major, I want to do psychology or, you know, you can. And that’s a very valuable thing because, I mean, you don’t know what you want to do in the beginning. Right. And you might be interested in the number of things.

So it’s up to you. But if you know what you want to do and you want to save some money, that’s one way to do it. Ok, well, thank you very much. I appreciate the advice. As a former fresh squeezed student, what year did you graduate high school and do you remember? Twenty fourteen. Twenty fourteen.

Well, that’s cool. So now it’s been seven years, six, seven years, something like that. So that’s a long time. That just means that I’m getting old and you’re getting smarter because you’re still in school. So congratulations on both of those fronts there. And I think we’re done with this topic. So hit the bell and we get to move on.

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