MEET YOUR NEIGHBOR: Ali Sina Booeshaghi, 18
Ali Sina Booeshaghi adores numbers.
“I absolutely love math and science, and it’s probably the reason I get up every morning and go to school,” says the Wellington High School senior.
Check out Booeshaghi’s impressive numbers, which placed him at the top of his class.
After piling on the AP classes, he finished high school with an honor-scale GPA of 5.3 out 6. On the 4.0 GPA scale, his was a 3.979.
“I got one ‘B,’ and that was in AP Spanish. And mom is Puerto Rican, and I can speak Spanish fairly well,” he says. “That ‘B’ really humbled me.”
His SAT scores aren’t too shabby, either — 2120 combined for math, reading and writing. “I’m not going to brag and say those are the most amazing scores ever. If I had prepared a little more, I could have done better. But I live with my choices.”
Booeshaghi plans to attend Massachusetts Institute of Technology and major in mechanical engineering. His father is a forensic engineer/mechanical engineer, and for the past three summers, Booeshaghi interned with him and helped investigate accidents.
After college, Booeshaghi thinks he may go to law school and pursue the career trajectory of attorney, judge, politician, all of which was inspired by his participation on the school’s debate team, for which he would spend more than 20 hours a week researching various social issues.
So why study engineering as an undergraduate? “It isn’t just learning about the mechanics of movement. It’s about learning the mindset of an engineer and how to think. … It teaches you to apply fundamentals and solve any problem you’re faced with.”
Outside of school, Booeshaghi enjoys working out (“It allows me to focus and think about problems I’ve encountered throughout the day”), playing piano and spending time with his parents and two sisters, ages 10 and 16.
“I love them. They’re great,” he says of his siblings. “We butt heads at times, but I’m sure every family does that.”
What is your favorite class?
Calculus 1 and 2. It wasn’t until I took calculus that I started realizing the beauty that is math.
What is your favorite vacation destination?
Powder Mountain, Utah. We go every spring break, and I snowboard there.
What’s your favorite book?
“The Great Gatsby,” hands down.
Will you see the movie?
Oh, of course. But it comes out during AP exam week, so it’s going to be a little hectic.
What’s your favorite movie?
“The Prestige.” It’s about two magicians at the turn of the century who want to perfect the perfect illusion. It’s really cool.
The Notorious B.I.G. He utilizes language in such a witty way. I absolutely love that.