Consider the Weber School senior’s 4.27 GPA and exploits as a student-athlete as further proof that keeping things in perspective can pay significant dividends.
“Surrounding myself with supportive friends and family who make me happy and challenge me, and, not letting the little details stress me out to the point where I forget the big picture is [the secret] of my success,” said Perloe.
The 17-year-old has also made her mark as a travel soccer player and student ambassador. Her membership in her school’s Tikkun Olam club rounds out Perloe’s demanding schedule.
“Tikkun Olam is generally translated as ‘Repairing the World’ and it’s what we call our community service program,” she said.
“I know I have to balance the time I spend doing things I love — like playing sports, going to the gym or hanging out with friends — with assignments and responsibilities I have to do for school, so I normally do a little bit of both every day.”
As one would expect, others have taken notice of Perloe’s good standing in the multiple worlds she inhabits.
“As a transfer student from public school, Sydney seamlessly joined our community and quickly rose to various leadership roles,” said Rise Arkin, Weber’s director of admissions. “As a student ambassador, she speaks to middle school students about balancing athletics and academics, which she herself does so well, as evidenced by her success with soccer and her Weber coursework.”
As her high school career draws to a close, Perloe is already pondering where she’ll take her talents from here. She has a major decision coming up: whether to enroll in the business school at either the University of Georgia or the University of Michigan.
Wherever she ends up, the Weber standout will take her approach to hitting the books with her.
“School has always been something I’ve enjoyed, so succeeding academically mainly comes from my ability to work hard prior to when something is due and ultimately making it my No. 1 priority,” said Perloe.