Student of the Week, Michael Burdick-Beegle, Hotchkiss
Name: Michael Burdick-Beegle
School: Hotchkiss High School
After-school activities: Future Business Leaders of America, College for Every Student program, Knowledge Bowl, marching band, jazz band, volunteering and National Honor Society.
Favorite book: “Anthem” by Ayn Rand.
Favorite show: “CSI: Miami.”
Favorite website: TheOnion.com.
Most played song on your iPod: “Two Weeks” by Grizzly Bear.
Parents: Anna and Steven Burdick.
Personal hero and why: Mahatma Gandhi, because of his peaceful persistence of the unification of his people in the revolution in India. He has inspired me with his peaceful ways of overcoming obstacles, no matter what their size.
Preferred college: Regis University.
Preferred career: Orthopedic surgeon.
Greatest achievement so far: Graduating high school with 67 college credits.
What would you like to be your next greatest achievement: Graduating from college with honors.
Q: What has been your favorite class in high school and why?
A: My favorite class has most definitely been college anatomy and physiology. I liked this class the most because of the subject matter as well as the instructor, Zac Lemon, who loved to make every class period interesting and fun to be a part of.
Q: How do you prepare for a big test?
A: I think that it really depends on the test. In some classes, I truly have to work harder at some tests than others, such as college geography. Sometimes I need to read the required materials for hours and, oftentimes, I just need to pay attention in class.
Q: If you could have your pick of service projects, who would you help and how?
A: I would love to be in either Haiti or the genocide-infected Darfur region of Sudan, helping refugees and survivors to regain their lives as well as cope with the things that they have endured. Helping people that are in crisis has always been something that I have wanted to do.
Q: What does it say under interests on your Facebook page?
A: Playing my drums, outdoor activities (especially hiking), sciences, exploring, traveling the globe, running, hanging out with my best friends and just enjoying life when and where I can.
Q: What’s the best advice a teacher, coach or parent has ever given you?
A: Several people have often told me to do the things that I love to do. Especially when looking to the future, or searching for the career to work towards, loving what you do matters the most.
Q: Where would you like to be in 10 years?
A: In 10 years, I will most likely still be in medical school, or in residency to become a doctor. However, after that, I would love to be in a foreign country, applying the skills that I learned in college and hopefully bringing me to my ultimate goal — helping and making others happy.