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Tatiana Baer: Evergreen Tell us a little about your high school career: Clubs, sports, activities and things you participated in during high school. I was a part of the Engineering Club, as well as a …
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Tell us a little about your high school career: Clubs, sports, activities and things you participated in during high school.
I was a part of the Engineering Club, as well as a 4 year participant of Evergreen Cross Country. I was also a Link Leader for incoming Freshmen.
What are your plans after graduation?
I am going to attend an extremely prestigious school on a merit scholarship.
What memorable moment during the pandemic instilled a key value in you?
Since I had more time to think about things and my own pursuits, I gained a strong sense of work ethic and achievement-seeking to pursue my dreams.
What three adjectives describe your outlook going forward?
Determined, loyal, hardworking.
What do you see as your graduating class' mission to better the world?
I see the mission being to leave the world in a better state that was left to us. Bettering the environment, the job market, and everything we can.
I participated in the the Engineering Club at school to help the look at different aspects of engineering and help understand it in the day to day lives of everyone. I also enjoyed chess club, eventually leaving due to the teachers inability to continue the club.
I worked hard at my job to make some money for post-secondary endeavors. Most nights I would try to work to keep saving up for college. While not working, I liked to play basketball with a club team in Lakewood, playing with Gold Crown Basketball just to improve my abilities and have fun. I also participated in my local youth group with my church. We did many community service events and activities that always helped to provide for the community. I was admitted to the National Honors Society and provided volunteer hours for the betterment of our community.
I plan to pursue further education at the Colorado School of Mines in the Fall. I plan to go into either Chemical Engineering or Biomedical Engineering. While at Mines, I also plan to become a certified EMT, as I am a certified EMR provider (Emergency Medical Responder) and would love to learn more about the work they do and even gain some of the skills they have. After Mines, I plan to pursue Medical School, and going in for Anesthesiology. I hope to join the medical field one day.
Understanding and respect. Working at a grocery store throughout the pandemic, I saw many different people come in to buy different things. Each person I checked out all had different items, and some payed different ways. Some had cash, others had credit cards, some wrote checks, others had food stamps. However, throughout the pandemic, I saw as more and more people begin to use government assistance than ever. Normal people also began to have most if not all of their social interactions with the people at the grocery store. I began to try to bring in people and learn about them. I tried to understand what hardships they may have gone through.
Ambitious, sensible, and empathetic.
I choose ambitious as I believe that we should always strive to live the best life possible and always works towards a better tomorrow. We should never be afraid of what may happen and must always be ambitious and work towards our own success.
Sensible, as moving forward I must try to look at life and things in a more realistic manner and take into account all sides of the problem and be a more rational thinker.
The last one, and most important one, is empathetic. The trait of empathy and the ability to be empathetic are very important. Moving forward, being empathetic will help me to connect and work with others. I hope to instill this in my day to day life.
It should be to promote unity between people and embrace the people that they are surrounded by. Our world today has become so divided and individualistic. Everyone has turned to their phones and devices, finding solace in apps that were originally made to connect people. So much of our world has moved onto these platforms and forgotten about the natural world around them. We no longer talk as we once did as a species.
I believe that we can do better. We can reconnect with one another. We can try to understand one another and talk rationally together. We as Coloradans should know just how beautiful the world is. Surrounded by nature brimming with life and beauty, we have so much to love. Put down your phone, go outside.
Throughout high school I played soccer, ran track, participated in Key Club, National Honor Society, and Foosball Club. I also interned as a Park Ranger for Jeffco Open Space and continued to volunteer as a Park Patroller for JCOS.
Montana State University, Double Major in Snow Science and Applied Mathematics
Earlier this year, I hit a Pandemic Wall with all the zoom meetings, online school, online clubs, online everything. I never thought I would have difficulty pushing through each day, each assignment, each session on the computer, but there I was. The most memorable moment for me was when Jeffco decided we could return to in-person learning. From that point on I rebuilt my interest in learning, my ability to focus through adversity, and my goals for the future. I learned that, at my core, I am not necessarily indestructible, but I am definitely strong, resilient, and self-aware.
Determined, wiser, optimistic.
Based on the colleges and degrees my classmates have posted, I think my graduating class hopes to make the world a better place by finding roles that contribute directly to helping others. My classmates are heading towards nursing, education, environmental, and engineering programs. For my part, I plan to attend Montana State University and earn a degree in Snow Science and Applied Mathematics. Although snow covers a small portion of the Earth, it impacts climate, weather, ecology, water use, wildlife, and people. As we saw in last summer's wildfires, water resources are critical to our community. The more we understand our snowpack and snow accumulation, the more strategically we can design manage water use throughout the Rockies. I believe Snow Science will be on the leading edge of climate science and solving issues across communities, and I hope to be a part of that journey.
Last summer I earned my Private Pilot's Certificate. I am the Founder and President of the Society of Women Engineers Next Club at EHS, where we invite female engineers to speak in order to promote women in engineering. I was fortunate to be an Executive Intern at Lockheed Martin this semester, where I collaborated with other students to develop a computer aided design for a multi-tool prototype that could be utilized to refuel a satellite in low earth orbit. I played Varsity Volleyball my Junior Year and was also Academic All State. I am very involved in EHS' Performing Arts Program. I have enjoyed singing in EHS' Choir for four years and was selected to be part of Choral Images this year. I was also part of Curtains and Guys and Dolls. I volunteer through organizations such as National Charity League and National Honor Society and will have earned three Community Service Letters during high school. I am on EHS' Science Olympiad team and was a Link Crew Leader for two years.
I plan to earn my Instrument Rating this summer. I will attend Carleton College in Minnesota this fall and study Biology and Physics.
During the pandemic, one of my family members was immunocompromised, so my family severely limited our interactions with other people. I was fortunate enough that my father and one other flight instructor had time to teach me how to fly. Working on my Pilot's Certificate while being isolated taught me that achieving a difficult goal requires drive, determination, and singular focus. On the final landing of my practical examination for my Private Pilot's Certificate, the examiner congratulated me for earning my certificate. That moment made all of the hard work worthwhile.
I am optimistic about the potential for future scientific and medical discoveries that will positively impact the world. I am intellectually curious about how the combination of science, technology, art, and history will lead to advancements for the human race. I am driven to learn all that I can and use that knowledge to make some small contribution that will benefit humanity.
Our mission to better the world should start with advancements in science to become better stewards of the planet and reverse climate change. I believe that with genuine effort, this is well within our generation's grasp.
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