Katrina, Age 17
Location: CT, USA
While this was the first web site I have worked on, I feel that I was able to contribute to many aspects of its production. As co-writer of the site, I steered clear of the technical work that encompasses the creation of any project like this, and devoted myself instead to the content. My writing skills, which have been strengthened by three years of honor level English concluded with an AP English class, were immediately brought into use. During this last school year, my final year in high school, I took an advanced placement test in English and scored well. Likewise, my SAT 2 results have confirmed my writing skills. With these credentials, and long hard hours of work on the parts of myself and my teammates, our web site has been created. I feel that I was put to the test in its creation, there were many stressful times between teammates, and deadlines that were difficult to meet. However, in the end, we were all able to work together, and create the web site which we now proudly present to you.
My name is Katrina and I am 17 years old. This past June I graduated from Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS) in Falls Village, Connecticut in the top 15% of my class. During my time at HVRHS I participated in Honors and Advanced Placement classes as well as tennis and track. Last January I was nominated to become a part of the National Honor Society.
Over the summer of 1998, I participated in a three-week long program called UCONN Mentor Connection at the Storrs campus of the University of Connecticut. There I participated in a branch of the program entitled Advertising and Broadcasting, and I was able to learn a lot. We visited many different studios in New York City, and created a promotional video for the Mentor Connection. The summer was a huge benefit to me in that it gave me some direction towards what I may want to do study in college, and opened up a love for graphic design.
In coming months, I will join the class of 2003 at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., out nation's capital. I am excited about the prospects of what my future will bring and home to eventually go into the field of graphic design. This summer, I spent time in Telluride, Colorado, where I worked for a publishing company and was able to experience and see this field first hand. It was a wonderful opportunity for me to be able to participate in this internship, and I hope to spend my summers during college working in internships like it, where I will be able to learn more about the field. I have taken classes in PhotoShop and recently began to learn Quark. While I am a late comer to the upcoming branch of computer technology, I hope that I will be able to strive for excellence in the field in years to come.
Outside of school, I have worked in a small retail store for the past three years in my home town. This job has opened me up to many opportunities and has been an excellent first job for me. Throughout the past year, I have also volunteered many days after school each week at The Kent, a special facility for the elderly. I also worked at the Kent Center After School Program, which entailed watching children for several hours after school until their parents were off work. Both of these jobs have made me more in touch with my community.
Over summers, I generally spend a lot of time travelling with my family or by myself. Three summers ago I spent four weeks in Bretagne, France with a family in a home stay program. I hope to spend my junior year in college abroad and learn more about the language and culture of France.
Thank you for visiting out site. Jocelyn, Jeff, and I have spent numerous hours trying to perfect it, and hope that you like it.