What are your plans for after graduation?
I will be attending Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Michigan (upper peninsula of Michigan) and plan to study computer science/software engineering.
How did your high school experience prepare you for the future?
All the teachers that I´ve had in high school really made a big impact on my life and prepared me for the future the most. The teachers we have at Burnsville High School today are so passionate about the subject they teach and are so willing to help their students succeed. As a result of this passion and willingness, I was encouraged to pursue my passion(s) and to try my best to succeed as well. In addition, the Pathways program gave me great opportunities to further explore fields of interest. For example, this year, I took the PLTW Engineering Design and Development course where my team of three and I worked on a senior capstone project. During this project, I think we all learned so much and gained so much valuable experience about what it´s like to work in a team, overcome challenges, communicate better, and get a sneak peek of what it´s like in the workforce.
How do you think you've changed as a person during the last four years?
These last four years have made me a more confident and a more outgoing person. I used to be rather shy and introverted but with a combination of the alpine ski team, my friends, and all the other extracurricular activities I´m involved in, I have become much more outgoing and more willing to throw myself out of my comfort zone. I think that being fearless and willing to go outside of your comfort zone is really beneficial because it opens so many different doors and exposes you to so many opportunities.
What makes you most excited when you think of your future?
I didn´t ever think that I would say this but, I´m most excited about the unknown. I´m most excited about the unknown of the future because it keeps my mind open and away from thinking that things are ¨set in stone.¨ I´m excited to see where life takes me and to see what opportunities and experiences I will come across. Meeting new people, making new friends, exploring new places, learning more about STEM, pursuing my dream career, traveling the world....all of it could happen or none of it could happen or everything I´m envisioning now will be completely different than what actually happens. That is what´s most intriguing about the unknown. You don´t know what will happen, what you thought was ¨set in stone¨ may completely change; you learn to appreciate all the littlest moments.
What advice would you give to younger students to make the most of their high school experiences?
Use all of your resources to the full extent. Ask your teachers questions, stay after school to get help on the homework, have someone explain that concept you got wrong on the test, form study groups, use the writing center, use those study sessions, actually use those AP books cover to cover and take advantage of the practice tests and questions in your textbooks....there are so so many tools and resources that are available to you. Don´t miss out, take full advantage of them. You´ll be even more successful by doing that.
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To celebrate members of the Class of 2018 and help the One91 Community get to know some of the students at Burnsville High School and Burnsville Alternative High School, we're publishing several "Senior Profiles" as we gear up for commencement ceremonies the week of June 4. Congratulations to all of our seniors!