By Desiree Williams
Annamarie King graduated from Hamilton Southeastern High School in 2014. King, 20, will graduate from Indiana University in May of 2018 with a degree in speech and hearing sciences and Spanish. She is studying abroad in Spain.
Q: Do you remember your most influential high school class or teacher?
A: I was incredibly lucky to have teachers who cared about me and the other students in my classes at HSE, so it’s hard to choose just one influential teacher. However, my most influential high school classes were the Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Biomedical Science classes. Throughout this program, students engage in hands-on activities to find solutions to problems. My experiences in PLTW reinforced my desire to follow a career path in health care.
Q: What were you involved in during high school?
A: I began playing the violin in sixth grade and continued through high school. I met some of my best friends, and some of the best teachers, throughout my experience. Orchestra taught me what it means to be a leader, and I’m still grateful for the opportunities that I had to serve as the first chair violinist.
I was involved in organizations that focused on service learning, including National Honor Society, Spanish Honorary and Interact Club.
Q: Did you join any organizations or school activities in college?
A: I am a student volunteer for Camp Kesem, a national nonprofit organization that supports children ages 6 to 16 through and beyond a parent’s cancer through free weeklong summer camps and yearlong support. Indiana University students fundraise all year so that the children can attend a week of camp for free. This past year, I served as the public relations and marketing coordinator for the Indiana University chapter. I am an undergraduate research assistant in the Speech and Hearing Sciences Department. My sophomore year I gained research experience by assisting two seniors with their honors thesis. In these projects, I examined the development of word retrieval abilities in typically developing monolingual and bilingual children. By gaining knowledge in research methods, this opportunity allowed me to pursue my own honors thesis that I will carryout next year as a senior.
Q: What’s your dream job?
A: I want to become a speech-language pathologist in an acute care hospital. In this setting, I have the opportunity to provide individuals with complex medical issues with the evaluation and treatment of speech, language and swallowing disorders. I have always wanted to live in a city, so I would love to end up in Nashville, but it depends on where I attend graduate school.
Q: Can you tell me about your study abroad experience?
A: I am currently studying in Seville, Spain, to complete my Spanish major. I am living with a couple and their 14-year-old daughter. They immediately welcomed me into their beautiful apartment, excited to share their food and stories of their city. Everyday I help my host sister with her English, but I spend the majority of the time speaking Spanish. Although I enjoy communicating in Spanish, it can be pretty exhausting when you attend classes, have conversations and even watch TV in a second language. At the beginning of my study abroad program, I completed a three-credit-hour intensive grammar class in two weeks.
Q: What advice would you give to younger kids?
A: I recommend that students starting high school push themselves academically. Taking honors and AP classes makes college so much easier. Even if students don’t take more advanced courses for college credit, working at a higher level will make the transition to college much easier.