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Becca Jorgensen-Duffy

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I am a person with many passions. I love to cook, work on cars, play piano, sing, read, socialize, and the list goes on. I am trying to pursue my passion of going to culinary school, and I am worried about the financial hardship that transferring may put on my family, so I am seeking any opportunity that I can to be able to contribute to the cost so that I can follow my dreams. I have struggled with a chronic vestibular condition since seventh grade that I just recently had brain surgery for, which has made money tight for my family, so anything to help them out would be amazing.

Education

University of Maryland-Baltimore County

Bachelor's degree program
2022 - 2026
  • Majors:
    • Education, General
    • Psychology, Other
  • GPA:
    3.9

Miscellaneous

  • Desired degree level:

    Master's degree program

  • Graduate schools of interest:

  • Transfer schools of interest:

  • Majors of interest:

    • Cooking and Related Culinary Arts, General
  • Not planning to go to medical school
  • Career

    • Dream career field:

      Food & Beverages

    • Dream career goals:

      To be a pastry chef or a teacher

    • Assistant-- both in the office and on the cars

      Gary's Automotive Consulting
      2015 – Present9 years
    • Teacher's Assistant

      Horizons at Lexington Montessori School
      2016 – Present8 years

    Sports

    Basketball

    Intramural
    2020 – Present4 years

    biking

    Present

    Rock Climbing

    Present

    Research

    • Meical

      Boston Children's Hospital — Patient
      Present
    • Education, General

      Present

    Arts

    • Music
      Present

    Public services

    • Volunteering

      Present

    Future Interests

    Advocacy

    Volunteering

    Entrepreneurship

    Aurora Yanto Poblete Scholarship
    In seventh grade my family friend Emily guided me through a six week long mentorship program that allowed for me to learn several advanced culinary practices. Over those six weeks, I watched as Emily demonstrated the different techniques, and I was absolutely amazed by the passion that I saw in her eyes. She had such a touch for it-- it seemed like there was magic in her hands that would mould whatever we were making into heaven. As the weeks went on, and I was doing less observing and more working, I started to notice a little feeling in my stomach as I would begin a recipe. That feeling grew each day to the point that I was putting off my academic school work to cook and bake more, to perfect my technique, and to advance to harder styles. I didn't even realize at first how committed I had gotten-- it felt so natural that it went unnoticed in my mind. When the project was over, I didn't have a reason to work on a new thing every week. I didn't have a plan of techniques I wanted to learn or a weekly meeting with my mentor to guide me, but I did have that little feeling in my stomach, the passion. I continued to practice the skills that Emily taught me, and eventually branched out into trying anything I could get the ingredients for in my grocery store. I learned that cooking failures are just recipes that need some adjustments, and that presentation is not everything. The way that Emily taught me helped me let go of my tendency to be a perfectionist, and instead focus on making the most progress that I could, one step at a time. Emily led me to understand that cooking is more than just making food. It is an art form that can be practiced a million times, yet never perfected. She gave me the base of knowledge that has led me to be able to advance my cooking and baking skills for the past six years to the point where people are always asking me to make them their birthday cakes. Because of the time that I spent in the kitchen with Emily, I feel so clear that pursuing anything other than baking would be going against my true passion, and I refuse to let a lack of financial support stop me from following my dreams.