Miles has had a passion for aviation. Since 2015, he has been working towards his private helicopter license. Miles says he is hooked on the “freedom of flight.” He loves the intensity of flying and having full control over the helicopter as he maneuvers it in the sky. In order to obtain his license, Miles has had to fly a total of 40 hours, 30 with an instructor and ten by himself. For his future endeavors in helicopter flying, Miles plans to complete all of his pilot certifications in college and get a job in the field. He is thinking of getting a job as a firefighter, working for a helicopter tour company, or any other job that involves flying. As he says, “I just want to make a career out my passion as soon as I can.”
“Cooking is my therapy, my home, a distraction from the struggles of daily life,” and, “Food brings people together, and I love to see my family smile and be happy.” Destiny loves cooking because it's a way that she can provide for her family and give to her friends, and bring people together. She wants to go into a future of hospitality management, and culinary arts, because she wants to be able to put smiles on other peoples faces, doing what she loves to do. For her senior project, Destiny has perfected a number of recipes by producing events on campus and working with her mentor and is putting them together into her cookbook.
Sean can often be seen biking around campus with friends or looking at bikes on his computer. After being inspired by companies like 44 bikes and BTR Bikes, who make custom bikes, Sean decided it was time he made his own, with a steel frame fit to his body size. The first step to this project was finding the geometry of the bike. Sean spent hours finding just the right sizes for his frame to match his size and riding preferences. As a part of his project, Sean had to learn how to weld. Sean is hoping that he can continue working on his frame after Dublin. He hopes that he can continue welding in college as a hobby.
Bette was born in Ethiopia and spoke Amharic for the first three to four years of her life. After being adopted by an American family, Bette’s Amharic faded into dormancy, and English quickly became her primary language. Thirteen years and thousands of forgotten words later, Bette has embarked on a year-long endeavor to recover her once fluent Amharic. In addition to her language studies, Bette has also been researching language loss and recovery, how to go about effectively restoring it, and the psychology behind it. In her project, Bette is examining whether or not people who were once fluent in a language have to relearn the language, or re-remember it.
To someone who has used a sewing machine less than ten times in a lifetime, the words “adrenaline” and “sewing” may not seem to go hand in hand. But when asked about her favorite part of her senior project, Ella immediately began describing the rush she gets from her work. “Yes, it is tedious to create a character in physical form when they have never gotten past two dimensions, but the time and effort poured into every little detail just makes the end product all the more exciting.” Throughout the whole process, Ella is excited to wear the outfits she has been designing and sewing. She is thrilled to be able to commit to an entire year to designing, making and finally donning an entirely new persona that she created herself from scratch.
Seo In’s project focuses on video production. She developed her deep interest in this art a few years ago when she watched a film-makers video, about the past year of his life. Seo In was inspired by his creative freedom and his ability to help her embrace his experiences through the ideas and feelings he was able to convey in this form of visual storytelling. As her project progressed, she has learned new types of video editing like making complex transitions, scribble animation, and color grading. She also incorporates her creativity by creating themes and scripts for her videos. After producing several short visual stories, she made a short film, shooting on location in New York City and Dublin, NH.
Josh studied anti-semitism in contemporary society as well as its deep historical roots. Using a wide variety of scholarly resources, Josh is gaining a deeper understanding of how anti-semitism is affecting people around the world and how it continues to fester in an ever progressing society. His end goal is not only to gain a heightened knowledge of these critical issues himself but also to educate the broader community on the roots of anti-semitism and how it afflicts our world today. He wrote a scholarly paper examining anti-semitism on college campuses and how it is often masked as anti-Israelism which will be submitted to the prestigious Concord Review.
Zoe’s relationship with music started at a young age: “I was born into it … there was no way to get away.” Throughout her life, Zoe has expressed herself through music. Zoe has been writing music and finishing up an EP. Zoe has been using her voice and playing the ukulele, guitar, bass guitar and composing using a MIDI, a tool to program sounds and instruments from your computer to add more sounds to a composition. Zoe’s passion for her work is evident in every word that she uses to describe her project. Zoe has completed five songs done for her EP.