The shortest month of the year was not short on activity, as the boys and girls were busy with both school and extracurricular fun throughout February. Laura spent the first two weeks of the month volunteering at Children’s Hospital Colorado Anschutz for her senior service project requirements at Regis Jesuit. Laura, who has applied to medical and science programs at several universities across the country, was lucky to be placed at the coveted site, granting her a two week look into the daily action at a busy hospital. Laura spent much of her time at Children’s translating for Spanish speaking families and the English speaking staff, while also helping out in the gift shop and child care center. Though her two weeks at Children’s have concluded, Laura is still volunteering at the hospital on the weekends, with hopes of acquiring as much information about the medical field as she can before she departs for college in the fall.
In more senior news, Luis and Darwyn had the opportunity to join the Academy program on a two day visit to Adams State University in Alamosa, Colorado. Elle, Ryan, and Jack drove Luis, Darwyn, and eight Academy scholars down to southern Colorado for a taste of life at one of the state’s unique public universities. Adams State hosted the visitors in one of the freshman dorms, giving the students a first-hand account of what life is like in college. The scholars dined in the cafeterias, worked up a sweat at the recreation center rock wall, gazed at the stars in the school planetarium, and toyed around with robots in a mock lecture put on by one of the professors. After an expansive information session and campus tour, the group stopped by at Great Sand Dunes National Park to seek the famed tallest sand dunes in North America. The trip was one of many firsts for the students and is one they will remember as they embark on their college process.
The Residential and Academy scholars reunited a few weeks later at Aurora Central for a career panel to learn about different career paths. The speakers all hailed from different backgrounds and currently work in distinct fields, and were great at providing insight into the career trajectory. Jerry, who was born in Austria and studied in England but now lives in Denver, spoke on his early mornings and long days working in finance for J.P. Morgan. Stephanie, who grew up in Ohio and moved to Colorado for a more lively lifestyle, shared about her work for a nonprofit that specializes in building and leasing low-income housing throughout the state. Ryan, a Colorado native and member of our Youth Professionals board, detailed his studies in Nebraska and Spain, before returning to Colorado to work in the marketing department for Intertech Plastics. The students were engaged and asked questions about the fields, but were mostly interested in the plastic props Ryan brought by for demonstration.