Freshman Dives in to High School with Band, Choir, Engineering

Layla Ismail , Guest Contributor

Moving can be a tough thing for teenagers. It was especially tough for freshman Kate Lee, who grew up in Seoul, South Korea.

“The hardest thing for me to adjust to was all of the different cultures mixed together here,” Lee said.

Lee moved to Texas two years ago. She didn’t know until two weeks before that she was coming to Texas.

“I felt like it was going to be a good opportunity for me, but I didn’t want to leave my friends,” Lee said.

Lee is currently enrolled in the Introduction to Engineering Design class as one of her electives. It’s the first class students can take in the Engineering program of study path.

“It’s a really fun and creative class,” Lee said. “It has made me want to major in engineering.”

On Sundays, Lee volunteers with Music Eunited, which is a non-profit program that gives financially unstable and children with disabilities the opportunity to learn music.

“It makes me feel really responsible and like I’m actually helping other people,” Lee said. “It’s a good feeling.”

Aside from volunteering, Lee practices many instruments. She currently plays piano, guitar, flute and oboe, and is hoping to learn ukulele soon.

“I’ve been playing piano since I was seven years old,” Lee said. “I like playing piano the most because there are more song choices.”

Lee recently got second place in her piano competition hosted at the University of Texas.

“I feel a lot of pressure when I perform, but it’s also very fun at the same time,” Lee said. “I think I’m a more competition oriented type of person.”

Overall, Lee said she enjoys attending school at Cedar Park, but there’s one thing she wished was offered in the band program.

“I wish we had an orchestra,” Lee said. “The band right now doesn’t include string instruments and I really want to learn how to play harp.”

Lee not only plays instruments, she also sings in the freshmen choir.

“I love singing in a group and making a harmony with my friends,” Lee said.

While moving is not always the best experience for all teens, Lee said she is glad to be here and is excited to see what the future holds.