Music in the Stars – Why am I doing this?– Anne Katherine

For as long as I can remember when asked the frequent question of what I want to be when I grow up my answer has been I am going to study space. The form of this response has changed through the years from becoming an astronaut, to a scientist at NASA, to my present day goal of holding a research position at, in my opinion, the most prestigious center for research in the world: CERN in Geneva, Switzerland. One can imagine my excitement upon hearing that I would be able to have the opportunity to begin research in astrophysics now, as a high school student.

My intense curiosity and passion for the field of astrophysics was inspired by Carl Sagan’s iconic “Cosmos” series when I was a little girl. I can remember sitting three feet away from the tv on the thick oriental rug, a large hair bow in my hair, mesmerized by Sagan’s voice speaking of black holes, quasars, and the like. I love the thought of reaching into the unknown, looking beyond what is evident. Over the years this curiosity has morphed into a concrete goal to inspire in the world a fascination in the field of science not felt since Neil Armstrong took one small step for man and one giant leap for mankind. I see in this project the potential to inspire perhaps a small piece of the world, an exciting venture in of itself.

I started my study of the violin at the age of three and it has continued to be a passion of mine ever since. The Suzuki violin method relies heavily on listening and playing by ear as opposed to reading music as a Suzuki student myself, I believe this proficiency will serve me well in my endevors. As both my interest in music and science started so early the possibility of a link between the two has been on my mind for years. I currently work with Teacher Soo Kyong Kim who I believe will be a wonderful resource for me as I delve into the music theory aspect of the project.

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