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My Name Is…Kori Baker

Castle View student earns reserved seat in medical school


About me

I am a senior at Castle View High School. I live in Castle Rock and I love the outdoors. In my time at Castle View, I have been a part of varsity soccer, track, cross country and basketball, alongside club soccer. 

Why I want to study medicine

I am interested in practicing medicine because I have always been passionate about the sciences and helping others. Through medicine, I would like to do everything I can to give back to those who are less fortunate than I am and make a difference in the lives of others.

A reserved seat in medical school

(Baker was accepted into the BA/BS-MD program at the University of Colorado, meaning she has a reserved seat in the university's medical school.)

I applied for “early action/decision” at CU Denver. Upon submitting my application, which included essays, transcripts, etc., I waited for about a month to hear if I had made it through to the second round. Fifty applicants, about half of the original pool, had been chosen for the second round, the interview stage. On Dec. 2, I drove down to CU Denver and the Anschutz Medical Campus to complete two 30-minute interviews with professors and administrators. For the interview, we were not allowed to bring in anything to aid in answering questions and we could not give the admissions committee any additional resumes. I got the news that I had been chosen as one of 10 to be offered acceptance into the program right around Christmas time.

This honor means a lot to me, especially because I was not expecting it at all. My focus was on playing college sports, so at the time I was focused on making decisions with the coaches who had recruited me. I am so blessed to have the opportunity to be a part of this program because it will help me achieve my goals for the future. I think I am still in shock. 

Looking forward

I am most looking forward to a new atmosphere for learning. I feel that CU Denver has such a diverse community that will be amazing to be a part of. In college, I will be able to pursue my aspirations and continue to be involved with the community, and this is something I look forward to. 

My advice

I like the sayings, “Mind over matter” and “Have courage and be kind.” These are two that have stuck with me over the years. I also like the saying, “Changed lives, changing lives,” which comes from my church. I really like this saying because I aspire to help the underprivileged and underrepresented populations. I am lucky to be in the position I am today, and I want to help those who may not be as lucky. This program has and will continue to change my life and I want to use the knowledge and skills that I learn to give back to the community and change lives. 

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