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Bailey Lubinski


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Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM)

What did you love about YA?

I loved being able to get hands-on research experience. I think that the training that I received prior to starting my job was extremely valuable. During my first few years doing research, I would often get comments about how advanced I was compared to other undergraduate researchers who hadn't been in the program. I also remember making a lot of friends who had similar life goals to me.

How did YA influence your plans after high school?

I continued working in the job that I got through the YA program for several years after I graduated from high school. My research experience helped me get into college for my undergraduate degree and also played a key role in my acceptance to an Ivy League college for a PhD program. Before I did the YA program, I wasn't sure what I wanted to do with my life, but after I started working it just felt so natural to keep going. I'm so happy that I was able to be in this program.

What do you want others to know about YA?

I think that nothing will help you decide what career you want so much as getting direct working experience. Even joining a YA program and figuring out that the area you went into ultimately isn't for you would be extremely valuable.

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