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My name is Eve Guess, and I am a senior at DSST: Stapleton High School. After graduating high school, I intend to pursue higher education at an accredited university. Of the eight schools I applied to, I am most interested in continuing my education at a Historically Black College or University. I am very excited to have been accepted to Hampton University and will be incredibly involved in clubs and organizations at my school. My plans after earning my degree include becoming a biotechnician and working in a research lab that focuses its efforts on genetic and heritable diseases. I will then return to school to begin graduate work toward my master's in science. Moving forward, I would like to work in the area of research and medicinal development.

The advice I’d give to underclassmen is to push yourself to strive toward goals. Our time in high school can seem like an eternity. However, this experience is short and will fly by quickly. Thus, it is the responsibility of everyone to ensure that the time we spend at DSST is not wasted. I encourage all students to take risks and explore their passions both in and out of the classroom.

Going to college matters to me because I am the first person in my family to go to college, and I want the opportunity to explore my passions. College provides the space and resources needed for students to discover and pursue their passions. It is also an opportunity to learn and grow as an individual. Most importantly, attending college means that I can set an example for my younger family members who will hopefully pursue higher education as well. As an older sister and cousin, it is important that I show my family that applying oneself in school can open huge possibilities in life.