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2012 ESA Youth Scholarship Winner puts scholarship to good use

Posted By Jeaneen Bengtson, Tuesday, January 8, 2013
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 for me.

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!


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