In 2012, Emma Soneson was awarded a $7,500 scholarship through the ESA
Youth Scholarship Program
. Since then, Emma has completed her first semester as a
freshman at Yale University in New Haven, Conn. Find out, in her own words, how Emma is putting
her scholarship to use.
I've made it through my first semester of Yale! It has been
quite the learning experience in so many ways and I wanted to share with you
all a little bit of how things have gone so far.
I've finished the semester with good grades-- three A's and I'm
still waiting on the rest of them to come in. I ended up taking six
classes: General Chemistry I, Gen Chem Lab, Biophysics and Biochemistry, Cell
Biology and Membrane Physiology, Elementary Italian, and Music Theory. I
enjoyed all of my classes except for the biology classes, which were absurdly
difficult for being "intro" classes. I plan to major in
chemistry, and after my experience in an intensive intro Italian course I'm now
considering double majoring with Italian. I've even applied to study
abroad this summer in Siena, Italy in an Intensive Intermediate course.
I'm still going strong with the pre-med and I'm trying not to let biology
shake my confidence!
Outside of class, I've kept quite busy with
extracurriculars. They all coincidentally happen to be music-related,
though that's not how I planned it. I'm playing viola in three
orchestras: two symphonies and one opera orchestra. The opera is Castor
and Pollux, a three-hour long opera, and I only did it as a favor to my conductor
but it turns out that that's my favorite of the three orchestras! I also teach
a group of second graders at one of the poorest elementary schools in New
Haven. They love music and violin, and it's a really rewarding experience
I'm looking forward to what next semester brings. Hopefully it will bring more trips to New York City to see shows and
ballets, more concerts (and the opera performance in February), and new people.
The classes I'm taking won't change much (Gen Chem II, Chem Lab II,
Italian II, two more biology classes, and a math or English) so that's kind of
repetitive but what are you going to do? I'm also planning on rushing Kappa
Alpha Theta in the spring in order to meet some new girls on campus. I'm
looking forward to two dances: the Freshman Screw and the Spider Ball. Screw is quite the unique idea: your suitemates set you up on a blind
date and give you a bizarre way to find/meet each other. The Spider Ball is
Jonathan Edwards College's (my residential college) yearly gala ball.
It's supposed to be very swanky!
Thank you again for the scholarship. I hope I'm
putting it to good use!