Hakyung (Keren) Park

My life in a nutshell...


Hi everyone!

My real name is Hakyung Park, but I go by Keren (pronounced Karen, just spelled differently). I was born in Korea, raised in a family of five, and was almost kidnapped at the age of 5. Then I flew over to the US with my family when I was in third grade.

I am currently a senior at Walton High School, sitting at Starbucks, trying hard not to dance too hard to the music and distract others. I'm heavily involved on the Walton Robotics Team as we are half-way through our 6-week build season during which we have to design, build, program, and test a 120-lb robot from scratch. Although very difficult and time-consuming, I enjoy it very much. If anyone wants to learn more about robotics, feel free to visit our website, www.waltonrobotics.org. Along with robotics, I am the principal cellist of Walton's chamber orchestra, and I love nerding-out with my fellow Latin scholars as I lead Latin Club meetings. I could go on, but I think that's enough for now!

GAVS and Biology

I am excited to announce that this is my first GAVS course! I took a Cobb Virtual course last year and the format was very different, so it's been hard to adapt to this new system but I'm making progress. I'm taking this course to broaden my knowledge in the sciences. Although biology isn't my strong subject, I think it helps me understand better myself and the life around me. It's also interesting to learn about the inner-workings of organisms. I expect this course to be very rigorous and time-consuming as I will have to read a lot. However, I also think it will be worthwhile, eye-opening, and full of enriching content that will enhance my understanding of life.

Vitality in Interests

After struggling through abstract subjects, every year I feel the most comfortable in my math classes. Even when I have a hard time understanding some concepts, I enjoy the logical and methodical processes involved in solving problems--processes that have the potential to solve real-world problems when properly applied.

Knowing my family's weakness in physics (and watching my sister struggle through it), I avoided it until this year. Despite my preconception, I became fascinated by its ability to explain physical phenomena. For me, it was an eye-opening experience and has inspired me to pursue mechanical engineering. That isn't to say, though, that I have very much enjoyed non-STEM classes such as AP Language--another class that broadened my perspective.

I like to think of myself as a diverse person. I am always itching to do something. Anything hands-on get me really excited--I love doing wheel pottery, creating music on my cello, baking crazy things like blender muffins, and so on. I also enjoy hiking.

Some of my favorites:

  • Podcasts- This American Life, TED Radio Hour, Serial, Fresh Air
  • Animals- Sloths, koalas, giraffes
  • Books- Outliers, The Road, Sherlock Holmes, The Percy Jackson Series
  • Movies- A Beautiful Mind, Tangled, Robin Hood (Disney version), The Princess Bride
  • Music- Classical (esp. Sibelius, Rachmaninov), Pop (Shawn Mendes, Teddy Geiger, Josh Groban), Acoustic, Contemporary Christian

The Future

As I mentioned earlier, I want to become a mechanical engineer. Not only does mechanical engineering satisfy my love for logic and physics but it also culminates to a dynamic, collaborative, creative-thinking process of solving real-world problems through physical applications. In a broader perspective, I want help people and become an inspiration to others through my ideas. I am very grateful to say that Georgia Tech has accepted me; I hope to hear more good news soon from other schools as well. Georgia Tech is definitely one of my top choices.

(PS- this was so much fun to write especially since it's like a blog or journal entry, hence why I got so carried away...)