Student of the Week, Dec. 23, 2013
After-school activities: Play tennis, volunteer at HopeWest & Hospice, and work at Ulta Beauty.
Favorite book: “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald.
Favorite TV show: “Switched at Birth.”
Favorite band or musician: Jack Johnson.
Parents: Pattie and David Cesark.
Personal hero and why: My mom, because she is the strongest woman that I know. I look up to her so much and I can only strive to be as amazing as her. She is always there when I need to talk with her, no matter what about.
Preferred college: University of Redlands in California.
Preferred career: Physician’s assistant.
Greatest achievement so far: Making it to the 5A Girls Tennis State Championships.
What you’d like to be your next greatest achievement: I would love to graduate high school with honors by receiving a GPA above a 4.0.
Q: What was the most memorable lesson you ever learned in a class?
A: Last year, I took the hardest class that is taught at my high school: Advanced Placement Chemistry. I was really struggling with the class at the beginning and wondered if I should drop it. When tennis season came around, I began to miss class a lot. My teacher really helped me through the struggle and I ended up doing really well in the class; in fact, I passed the College Board Exam at the end of the year and received college credit. Learning not to give up when times got difficult was what really made that class memorable and the fact that I enjoyed the class and receiving a good grade was just a bonus.
Q: What subject or extracurricular activity are you most passionate about and why?
A: I shadow a primary care sports physician once a week. I constantly look forward to the experience, and I am very passionate about helping people. I believe this is a way that I can help people with injury prevention and rehabilitation. I suffered from a serious knee injury a couple years back, and going through the rehabilitation process sparked my interest in the field of orthopedics and sports medicine.
Q: Describe a time when you knew you made a difference in the community or someone else’s life.
A: Not only do I volunteer at the consignment store, but once a month I travel with Hospice to several nursing homes around the valley. There we give the women facials and a manicure. I remember a time when I was doing this and the woman had never had her makeup done before. Her bright smile reminded me why I do this: to improve the lives of people in my community.
Q: What are your goals for after high school?
A: After high school, I would love to go to college and major as a physician’s assistant and minor in communications. I believe that through these fields, I can make a positive impact in people’s lives. I am currently shadowing a primary care sports physician, and I have discovered how amazing it is to help people in rehabilitation and would like to carry this on to my majors in college.
Q: What is your dream job?
A: I would love to be a physician’s assistant in orthopaedic surgery, sports medicine, physical medicine and/or rehabilitation.