The Elevations Basis helps native teenagers with persevering with training scholarships. Since 2010, these funds have made it potential for younger Coloradans to attend faculty, technical faculties and better training establishments to finest put together them for his or her futures. We regularly examine in with the students.
Just lately we caught up with Fiona Lighthiser, a 2021 graduate of Monarch Excessive College within the Boulder Valley College District.
Lighthiser at present attends George Mason College in Fairfax, Virginia, the place she research authorities and worldwide politics with a focus in worldwide relations. Her curiosity in these areas stems from a love of journey, studying new languages and interesting with different cultures.
“I believe there’s a energy in human connection that isn’t appreciated or explored sufficient,” Lighthiser stated. “Additionally, I’ve at all times had an curiosity in worldwide safety in addition to improvement and hope to discover these areas extra.”
Lighthiser is on observe to graduate from George Mason College in 2025.
Earlier than heading off to school, Lighthiser was lively in lots of golf equipment, hobbies and volunteer actions. Her passions embody exploring Latin tradition (music, dance, cooking), singing, taking part in guitar and soccer.
One expertise that made a long-lasting impression was her time because the Vice President of the Spanish Honor Society.
“By this place, I helped construct a tutoring program for elementary and center schoolers within the space that related youngsters with highschool tutors within the society chapter,” Lighthiser stated. “These college students have been primarily from Hispanic households so having the ability to join, speak, and assist them with homework, studying, and so on., performed an influential position in what I selected to check in faculty.”
As she made plans for education, Lighthiser utilized to high schools in Colorado and past. She selected a college close to Washington D.C. to be in a neighborhood with a robust worldwide relations presence. She additionally was interested in the research overseas program for first-year college students at George Mason College.
“The Elevations Basis was important in serving to to fund my alternative to attend faculty out of state, and all of the experiences which got here after,” Lighthiser stated.
Dwelling the faculty life
Throughout her freshman 12 months, Lighthiser spent the spring 2022 semester finding out in Quito, Ecuador, at Universidad San Francisco de Quito. She loved bettering her Spanish-speaking abilities, exploring Ecuador and Peru and assembly new folks.
“I like to journey and find out about new locations and cultures,” Lighthiser stated. “I’ve been to Spain, Norway, England, Eire, Peru and Ecuador. My curiosity has grown in Spanish and Latin cultures as I become older and be taught extra about my household in Argentina.
“I grew up with my grandmother (from Argentina) residing in shut proximity, however since getting back from Ecuador I’ve been in a position to converse in Spanish together with her extra and delve extra into elements of my heritage I had by no means related with earlier than. This expertise has grown my concept of what I wish to do sooner or later and what’s most significant to me in life.”
When she’s not touring or attending courses, Lighthiser enjoys teaching at Coerver Colorado* the place she develops youth soccer gamers’ strategies and abilities. She began as a participant within the group and finally turned employed in 2019. Since she’s in Virginia for school, she coaches through the summers and over winter break when she is again house in Colorado.
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Throughout her first 12 months in faculty, Lighthiser additionally joined the Latin Dance Membership, was the captain of a co-ed intramural soccer crew and visited D.C. and Georgetown many instances.
A way forward for journey and household time
As she desires about the place life will take her after faculty, Lighthiser plans to realize many, many extra worldwide experiences.
“I hope to journey to Argentina to go to all my household who lives there,” Lighthiser stated. “Additionally, I wish to discover all of Latin America, be taught Brazilian Portuguese, proceed to good my Spanish, coach soccer once I can and be taught extra about Latin dance kinds and music normally.”
And in relation to a profession path, she says her purpose is to work a job that permits for ample journey and residing round Latin America the place she will use her Spanish-speaking abilities, meet new folks and alter the angle folks have about Latin America to be extra constructive and accepting. And naturally, she plans to expertise as a lot new meals, dancing and music as potential.
Lighthiser shared some clever phrases of recommendation for graduating highschool seniors who’re headed to school this fall.
“By no means say ‘no’ to a brand new expertise,” Lighthiser stated. “After all, one wants to concentrate on their private security, however outdoors of that, being open and keen to attempt new issues lets you be taught extra about your self and discover what’s necessary to you.
“In case you have the chance to journey or research overseas, accomplish that! Dwelling in a special nation for greater than a month is an unbelievable studying expertise!”
Elevations Basis is a 501(c)3 group that has offered over $570,000 in scholarships since 2010 to assist college-bound college students in our neighborhood. Discover out extra about Elevations Basis scholarships and please contemplate donating to our scholarship program so we might proceed making faculty a actuality for promising younger folks like Fiona Lighthiser.