Diligent, Bright and friendly are just a few of the qualities senior Yuka Kimura '21 is known for at Lausanne. Ever since joining the Class of 2021 as a freshman, Yuka has pursued countless opportunities and made lifetime connections. While Yuka may not have been at Lausanne her entire life, she's grateful for the environment and the Lynx community she's loved the last four years.
"What we have at Lausanne is truly unique," said Yuka. "Although I came to Lausanne during 9th grade, I feel like I have been here for much longer. I cannot help but thank everyone for all the support that they have given me throughout my time at Lausanne."
During her time as a Lynx, Yuka '21 has discovered her passion for the future: medicine. As a member of Lausanne's Health Occupations Students of America club, the senior realized her desire to pursue a career in the medical field. Yuka has been a member of the club since freshman year, is currently Co-Vice President and has earned a 1st place award in HOSA's Regional Competition for Medical Spelling.
The flexibility of Lausanne's Creativity, Activity and Service (CAS) program has allowed her to continue exploring her love of medicine while also being involved with the Memphis community beyond the Lausanne gates.
The summer before her junior year, Yuka traveled to Japan and volunteered at Kousai Hospital, where she got to shadow physicians and understand the importance of medicine across the world. In addition, she was selected as one of 30 high school students to be a part of Le Bonheur Children's Hospital's VolunTEEN program.
The senior recently volunteered at FedEx Family House to visit the families of patients at Le Bonheur. With the CAS program pushing Yuka to experience all of these opportunities, she believes that it has helped affirm her future interests.
"Through serving in local hospitals and health-related facilities in the diverse city of Memphis, I have come face to face with current problems in our healthcare system such as how ethnic and minority groups are disproportionately affected by diseases," said Yuka. "These experiences and questions helped me realize what I want to do in college."
Yuka carries that same passion from her extracurricular commitments into the classrooms and believes being a Full IB Diploma Candidate has helped her in more ways than one. As a member of nearly every subject honor society, Cum Laude and National Honor Society, the senior has proven her academic aptitude is one of a kind. As a junior, Yuka was awarded the Excellence in DP Chemistry HL – Year 1 and DP Mathematics HL – Year 1 award for being the top performer in both classes. She also gained recognition as a 2020 Tennessee Governor's Scholar for the Sciences and Engineering and was granted a scholarship to study college-level course work.
"IB has trained me to write well, manage my time better and explore subjects in-depth," said Yuka. Most importantly, though, it trained me to identify and consider different perspectives and form unique connections, which has become invaluable to me in my journey to college. "
Yuka intends to study on the Pre-Med track in college. While she has not made a final decision regarding her college choice, she has an impressive selection already. She has earned admission to UNC Chapel Hill, UCLA, Georgia Tech, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, Ohio State University's Honors College, University of Miami and University of Central Florida's Honors College. Yuka's determination and kind heart will take her far in life and the Lausanne community is excited to see her journey!
This senior profile was written by Justice Crawford '21.