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Ellie Samuelson

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Education

Basis Mesa

High School
2016 - 2024

Miscellaneous

  • Desired degree level:

    Master's degree program

  • Majors of interest:

    • Business/Managerial Economics
    • Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other
    • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other
    • Biochemical Engineering
    • East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
    • Medicine
    • Molecular Medicine
    • Microbiological Sciences and Immunology
    • Genetics
    • Physiology, Pathology and Related Sciences
    • Philosophy, Politics, and Economics
    • Marketing
    • Entrepreneurial and Small Business Operations
    • Public Health
    • Political Science and Government
    • Economics
    • History and Political Science
  • Not planning to go to medical school
  • Career

    • Dream career field:

      Biotechnology

    • Dream career goals:

      Sports

      Track & Field

      Junior Varsity
      2018 – 20202 years

      Cross-Country Skiing

      2019 – Present5 years

      Tennis

      Varsity
      2021 – Present3 years

      Arts

      • Violin
        2018 – Present
      • Acting
        2017 – 2022

      Public services

      • Volunteering

        Friend's Place Bookstore — Manager
        2022 – Present

      Future Interests

      Advocacy

      Politics

      Volunteering

      Philanthropy

      Marian Haley Memorial Scholarship
      Education is very important to me and has been a huge part of my life. I went to a rigorous, small college prep school where there were a lot of expectations for us and because of that, there was some competition with the students. I know that wasn't the best environment for many people, but I thrived on it. That competition and responsibility my teachers and peers gave me motivated me to try my best in school. But due to the pressure and challenge, many students left my school and my graduating class was barely more than thirty kids. However, as we entered high school, and the grades thinned out, school became less of a competition with other students and more of a competition with myself. I learned that I can't compare myself to others, whether that's over grades or other circumstances, and instead, I set my own goals for what I expected of myself. My changing environment at school taught me to work hard, learn self-discipline, to not judge others or myself too harshly, and to respect the efforts that others put in for me. Most importantly though, I learned to appreciate my own efforts when my hard work pays off, to be patient with myself and others above all, and to motivate my peers not to give up during tough times or to be too harsh on themselves. Francis Bacon said "Knowledge is power" which has been proven time and time again throughout history. Education empowered the ordinary man in countless ways. Johannes Gutenberg created the printing press which allowed for the Protestant Revolution and William Tyndale translated the Bible into English. This allowed thousands of ordinary people to be able to study and learn the Lord's gospel on their own, therefore empowering them. Throughout history, one of the biggest things that allowed religions, cultures, or ideas to be suppressed was the restriction of knowledge and education. I believe that making education accessible to all is one of the most important obstacles we face today. Without at least a basic education, many people would be unable to find a steady job or be able to support a family. Education opens up so many doors for us and can change countless lives. I think today, those of us with access, often take our education for granted. We forget that not even two hundred years ago, many of us would be illiterate. I hope to never forget or fail to appreciate how far we have come as a society in such a short amount of time and I hope that education will only continue to become more accessible. That is why one of my life goals is to be an advocate for those without education and work to make knowledge more attainable for those less fortunate. Without education, many people are easily taken advantage of, cheated, or mistreated. I want to work to stop this and thus create more opportunities for people without education. So, education, to me, means freedom, opportunity, access, and empowerment. I love to learn and cannot imagine what my life would be like without my education. Because of my own blessings and fortune, I want to help others to gain better access to education and see how their lives transform.