Hometown: Tonala, Jalisco
High School: Preparatoria de Tonalá
College Plans: Universidad de Guadalajara
Major: Chemistry and Math
Professional Plans: Professor
Interests: Hiking, Movies, Music, Photography, Reading, Running, TravelingSinging, teaching and learning.
CHARLESTON, WV – July 21, 2012 – Andrea Arreola Vargas of Preparatoria de Tonalá from Tonala, Jalisco, Mexico, represented Mexico as a delegate to the 2012 National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC). Arreola Vargas joined 119 other top high school graduates representing the United States and eleven other countries at the prestigious four-week program, now in its 49th year. The NYSC, located in the beautiful and rustic setting of the Monongahela National Forest in West Virginia, integrates scientific programming with opportunities for delegates to explore music, art, and the outdoors.
Each year, scientists from various disciplines travel to the camp to present lectures and lead directed studies. This year’s lecture topics included: global warming, genomic medicine, radio astronomy, and energy sustainability. Throughout camp, Directed Studies provided extensive hands-on experiences in specific fields. Delegates had the opportunity to dissect a human hand, discuss bioethics, explore forensic science techniques, and search through the DNA sequence of a genetic disease.
In addition to learning about groundbreaking scientific research, delegates explored their natural surroundings through an extensive outdoor program consisting of hiking, caving, mountain biking, and rock climbing. The delegates chose from seminars ranging from Ultimate Frisbee and swing dancing to discussions of philosophy, travel, religion, and culture.
Arreola Vargas said, “Es difícil decidir que parte del campamento ha sido mi favorita, pues he disfrutado cada momento, siempre estoy haciendo algo nuevo. Sin embargo, puedo resaltar los diferentes talleres de ciencia y las conversaciones que me han permitido formar nuevas amistades. [It is difficult to pinpoint a specific part of camp I have enjoyed the most, as I have enjoyed each moment, I am always doing something new. Nevertheless, the different directed studies stand out in my mind, as well as all the conversations borne of those studies, from which the fruits of friendship were cultivated.]”
Arreola Vargas also included, “Aprendí de muchas nuevas experiencias, que probablemente aplique cuando regrese a México. Mi visión del mundo es mas grande de lo que anteriormente era y ahora estoy segura de que aunque tenga miedo voy a lograr muchas cosas. [I learned from many of my new experiences this summer, many of which I will likely apply once I return to Mexico. My worldview has broadened compared to previous to camp, and now I am sure that even though I may be apprehensive of the future at times, I will accomplish many things.]”
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Andrea Arreola Vargas, a delegate from Mexico, leads a seminar directed toward her fellow peers. International students are especially challenged by public speaking and teaching, simply due to the language difference. These language barriers are easily crumbled in the face of their passion and determination to communicate their projects and ideas.