Senior Bobby Buyalos’s guide to motivation and achieving his dreams


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CHS senior Bobby Buyalos has committed to University of Chicago. The university is ranked number six on the US News Ranking of the Best Colleges of 2022. With the university’s prestige, Buyalos remained driven throughout highschool to achieve his goal.

At the University of Chicago, Buyalos is planning on double majoring in Political Science and Economics. University of Chicago became his dream school after he discovered a Youtube video of a lecture given by a professor at the university. 

“This professor explained out-of-the-box writing methods which immediately attracted me to the school’s emphasis on creativity and rigorous intellectual inquiry,” said Buyalos. 

In high school, Buyalos pursued his interest in global studies through a series of activities both inside and outside of school, such as by joining clubs and completing research.

“Being Co-President of Model United Nations was definitely my most involved activity,” said Buyalos. “I competed in 12 conferences and won 11 individual awards as a member of the travel team.”

CHS AP Capstone and Government teacher Bradley Boelman reflects positively on his experiences with Buyalos as the Model UN advisor.

“Bobby is a lethal and unparalleled combination of brilliance, humility and empathy,” said Boelman.

Over the summer, he conducted a research study about post-modern conflict within Yemen through the Pioneer Academics program that has been nominated for publication. He is also an active participant in CHS’ jazz music program and is an Eagle Scout.

“I love the creative spontaneity, yet structure, of jazz improvisation, and won composition and improvisation awards at the Stanford Jazz Workshop,” said Buyalos.

In addition to experiencing everything that the city of Chicago has to offer, Buyalos is eager to engage in new educational opportunities. He wants to continue to do research projects in his next four years at the university, especially with like-minded students who have the same endeavors as him. 

“I am so excited that the University of Chicago recognized Bobby’s academic potential in his application. He has all of the qualities that they are looking for including rigorous level classes, strong GPA, community and school involvement, and leadership,” said Nancy Yumkas, one of the CHS college and career counselors.

Buyalos encourages future CHS students who want to attend University of Chicago or another competitive school to utilize the help of the College and Career Counselors, pursue passions through school activities and off-campus organizations, build strong relationships with teachers and start working on college application essays as early as possible.