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I've learned the value of setting my mind to a goal and working to achieve it. Two years ago, I decided I wanted to go to vet school in Scotland. It's very rare for them to accept U.S. high school students, but I was determined to be one of them. Now, I am one of the only Americans in the five-year Veterinary Medicine and Science program at The University of Edinburgh. My goal to go there was one of my longest and hardest goals I've ever set, but I managed to achieve it through hard work. I'll always remember that if I'm determined, and don't doubt my abilities, I can accomplish what I set out to do.
— Ollie Landauer, Rock Canyon High School
My junior year, I got a full ride scholarship from the U.S. Department of State to do an exchange year in Malaysia. As someone who hadn't yet been exposed to Asia, moving there for a complete cultural immersion experience was eye-opening and enlightening. By living with a local host family, going to a local school and truly pushing myself to become local, I learned how to adapt, observe, listen and understand. Grasping how to be a productive member of society and bettering the lives of those around me has, without a doubt, been the most vital piece of information I've learned in high school.
— Maria Pangalos, Rock Canyon High School
I have learned a lot over my years in high school, but I believe the most impactful lesson I’ve learned is that if you follow what you want to do, you will find where you belong. For example, I chose to follow my passion for science in high school, and I just finished an independent research project on the morphological and developmental impacts of Saint John’s Wort on zebrafish embryos! It has been an amazing experience and I’ve made extremely close friends. Without following my passion for science, I would not have had this experience.
— Audrey Gruszczynski, Rock Canyon High School
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