A: I'm taking Calculus 2 this quarter at the college (Everett Community College, through its Running Start program). I took Calculus 1 last year, which I really enjoyed. It's kind of surprising. All my friends are like, ‘Why did you like calculus? It's so hard.' They're taking it now. Maybe they'll have fun, too.
Q: Why is it easy for you?
A: My mom likes to say it's because I'm a spatial thinker, that I can just see in my mind what they're trying to talk about.
Q: What's your most difficult class?
A: I got my first A-minus last year in English, so that was sad.
Q: Your first A-minus ever?
A: Yeah, in high school, ever. So I had a 4.0 up until that point.
Q: If you could be anything — the president, an astronaut, anything — what would you be?
A: Well, I really like playing tennis, so professional tennis player. If that could ever happen, that'd be awesome.
Q: Do you play now?
A: I do. I've been on the varsity team since my freshman year.
Q: What do you like about tennis?
A: It's really technical. There's a lot of skill involved. You have to be thinking while you're playing.
Q: About angles and backspin?
A: Geometry. Yep.
Q: You're in the Ocean Research College Academy at Everett Community College, giving you a chance to study marine ecology. Is that an interest of yours?
A: I'm really interested in the ocean, but I'm more interested in engineering, so ocean engineering would be really interesting.
Q: I heard you spent an extended period of time on your parents' sailboat.
A: Yes, when I was in sixth and seventh grades, we lived on our sailboat and my mom home-schooled us because she's a teacher. We traveled through Mexico, Central America, and we made it down to the Galapagos Islands. And then we went back up over to Hawaii, (and) back here. So it was a two-year trip. That's kind of why I'm so interested in the ocean, because I've ended up seeing it so much.
Q: Is engineering the career you see yourself pursuing?
A: Well, ocean engineering. It could be a lot of things. It could be like power, like wave energy. And then also, the floating wind turbines. There's a plan to build an offshore wind farm off of Cape Cod. … Even now we don't really know where it's (the technology) going, because there's so much more research being done.
Q: Do you have a part-time job?
A: I teach skiing in the winter … up at Stevens Pass.
Q: You're involved in sports and academics. Do you think of yourself as a jock, geek or something else entirely?
A: I'm kind of a nerd — just a little bit — because I like talking about school, studying with my friends.
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