Lindsey Baker ‘20 has been a Lynx since Junior Kindergarten. Now, as she prepares for graduation, she reflects on all her experiences over the past 14 years that have helped shape her into the person she is today.
“One of my favorite things about being a Lausanne student is being challenged,” Lindsey said. “I love the extent to which we are pushed to explore and dig beyond just the content needed to pass a test. The challenges presented in my classes and extracurricular activities have taught me how to deal with failure and have fostered my curiosity about the world.”
Due to her embracing mindset and ability to self-evaluate, the senior was able to create a memorable experience filled with academic and extracurricular successes.
“I think that self-reflection is the difference between setting a goal and achieving a goal,” Lindsey said. “I’ve found that self-reflection allows the plans and goals you make to adapt as your life changes, and keeps you accountable for what progress you are making towards those goals.”
Being in the Honors Society, playing on the Varsity Volleyball team and graduating with a high GPA are just a few of the achievements Lindsey will have added to her list of accomplishments when she walks across the stage in May. But some of her most cherished achievements come from pursuing her love of music.
The senior has been serenading audiences with her musical talents ever since she joined the Lausanne band in fourth grade. The alto saxophone was the first instrument Lindsey learned to play, and the one she intended on playing throughout high school. However, when the band needed a deeper tone a year later, she took on the challenge of trying the bassoon.
“I immediately fell in love with the bassoon,” Lindsey said. “Through that experience, I was able to discover a hobby that I hope to continue through college.”
Lindsey’s abundant skills as a musician and honor student have been resourceful in her quest to serve others as well. The senior volunteers as a tutor for Middle and Upper School students and teaches beginning bassoonists.
“I love being able to give back to the community that has given me so many opportunities over the years,” Lindsey said. “When I reflect on how far I’ve come, it is impossible to ignore the impact Lausanne has had on my personality and journey as a person.”
This story was originally featured in the Spring 2020 Lausanne Magazine: Encouraging Continual Self-Reflection that will be arriving in your mailbox soon.