James Elizares von Baeyer

James Elizares von Baeyer

Wallkill, NY, USA


Last updated December 24, 2020

One Sentence About Me  

Curiosity has always been a driving force in my life that has pushed me to ask questions, pursue knowledge, and seek solutions.

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Who I Am  

A Little About Me

Curiosity has always been a driving force in my life that has pushed me to ask questions, pursue knowledge, and seek solutions. I relate to Albert Einstein’s famous quote, “The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.”Since I was a small child, I was drawn to books about science, biology, and chemistry. I wanted to learn how things worked and why. I am often overcome with curiosity, which becomes an unquenchable thirst that drives me towards the pursuit for knowledge and manifests itself as questions that can only be answered with science. I am persistent in finding the answers I am looking for. Sometimes, these answers end at just answers to a question, but other times, they kindle an interest in me that results in even more questions. I also like teaching them to others, as my peers may attest. For as long as I can remember, my mother would say that I would grow up and cure cancer. Though I am not certain that this is even a possibility, considering the most famous scientists in the world have not yet found a cure for the common cold, I do admit that this notion does intrigue me. My goal is to conduct research in the fields of biochemistry and molecular biology to pursue advances in medicine that will help to treat and cure diseases and viruses, such as COVID 19. Though I never in a million years thought I would be completing my senior year of high school throughout a national pandemic, it has served to inspire me even more to pursue a career in this field. There is no denying that my curiosity is an important characteristic in how I and others would describe me. It is this character trait that motivates me to pursue a career in the field of biochemistry. In addition to studying biochemistry, I will minor in music studies. I have played piano since I was seven years old, and violin since I was 11 years old. Music is also a passion of mine. It helps me to relax and expel the stress that a demanding academic career can generate. Music helps me to stay balanced between work and play. I enjoy the challenge of learning to play new music and expanding my knowledge of musical theory. It is my intention to continue to pursue my love of music. Another area that I am passionate about is serving my community. I have been a cub scout since I was seven years old and moved on to become a Boy Scout, which I continue to be presently. I am in the process of completing my Eagle project, which entails building two free little libraries for our local public library to expand and encourage literacy in our area. Over my many years as a scout, I have participated in numerous STEM activities and workshops. I have completed numerous merit badges in the field of science, chemistry, music, and a multitude of other topics. I am extremely grateful and excited to have been accepted by Early Decision to Colgate University. Their state of the art scientific equipment and the incredible opportunities for research will provide the foundation for my future and I intend to fully immerse myself into this college culture.

Interesting Factoid

I participated in Area All State Orchestra last year.


Languages

English and Spanish

Countries Visited

Map View

The British Isles
St. John's
and the Bahamas

What I Do  

What I Stand For  

Social Causes

Mental Health
Environmental
music
literacy

Volunteer Experience

Boy Scouts of America

Wallkill, NY, USA

Sep 2010 - Present
I have been a scout since I was 7 years old. I have done numerous community service projects to better my community and help others. I am currently working on the completion of my Eagle project. I will be building a little free library for our local library and community to promote literacy.

Favorites  

Hobbies

Piano, violin, reading, skiing

Food & Drinks

Italian food, sushi, seafood

Games

Cards Against Humanity, Risk, Monopoly

Music Genres, Groups & Artists

Rock, classical, jazz

Tchaikovsky
Beethoven, Bach, Grateful Dead, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin

Sports, Teams, Athletes

Football

NY Giants, SF 49ers