Teen needs your vote for $10K scholarship
Caitlin's in pursuit of the formula for successJOANNE BENNETT
While the majority of young people are typically concerned with chemistry of the love variety, Mountainview High School student Caitlin Arpel is in love with chemistry - the science subject.
Her eyes light up at the mention of the word.
"I just love it. My favourite is organic chemistry, which is learning about substances," Caitlin said.
The Year 13 student said she picked up chemistry last year, and although she found it difficult to get her head around it at first, with persistence, she started to succeed and understand.
"Now I understand it, I really enjoy it. I never expected to like it so much."
Caitlin has been working behind the deli counter at Pak 'n Save for the past three years, and says that knowing about chemistry has changed the way she looks at the world.
"At work, we use a lot of chemicals for cleaners. I'm always reading the bottles and trying to work out the chemical structures. My friends are always telling me I'm a nerd," she said.
Caitlin has saved as much as she can to pay for further studies when she goes to Otago University to study health science next year.
"Mum said she'd pay for my accommodation next year, so I'll save my allowance that year to pay for the next year."
She's serious about paying her way as she goes, and has been nominated for the AMP People's Choice Scholarship, worth $10,000.
Caitlin credits her mother, Tracy Kelland, as her "greatest support person through school and study".
She also is grateful to her "brilliant" chemistry teacher Dave Buckley.
"He's one of the biggest reasons I've enjoyed the subject. He makes it a lot easier to understand."
Caitlin's goal is to be a paediatrician, and although she wants to travel, she's more into helping the children back here in New Zealand.
"I really believe people should help their neighbours first. A lot of people go overseas but I want to work in New Zealand health care.
"There's quite a few kids in our country who don't get medical treatment soon enough - if parents don't take the initiative, or can't afford it, or can't access it. I'd like to focus on them at home in New Zealand."
To vote for Caitin to win a $10,000 scholarship, go to www.votecaitlin.info.
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