School: Ridge View High
Graduation date: June 5
We understand you have a passion for science. Tell us about that.
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Rouseau: Science and math have always been my favorite subjects. I’m not really into history or writing so there isn’t much else. Luckily I’m kind of good with the whole science thing. I’ve just always been interested in numbers and how stuff works. The knowledge we gain from science allows us to develop technologies and improve upon peoples’ lives. That’s really what I want to do with my life, make the world a better place.
How old were you when you took on your first science experiment?
Rouseau: I have a bad memory so I don’t really remember too many firsts, but one thing I’ve had fun with recently is burning magnesium. That stuff is bright, so if you’re going to do it, be careful. Also, if you happen to have some aluminum powder and iron oxide around thermite, it is awesome (but dangerous)! Like most boys, I think fire is just the best thing ever, and thermite is like fire on steroids.
What kind of science interests you most?
Rouseau: This is such a difficult question, because I like everything. Biology was pretty interesting and chemistry can be fun, but I also like physics. I don’t even know what I want to major in because I’m just open to anything. If I had to choose I’d probably go with a mixture of physics and chemistry, since they’re related.
Greatest scientist ever?
Rouseau: We all know the greatest scientist ever is Thomas Young! He carried out the double slit experiment that showed light behaving as a wave. When light was shown through two slits, it created a disturbance pattern of dark and light fringes on a screen instead of having two streams of light. He’s where I got my rap name Young Two Slits. Those in my physics class and probably others know what’s up. Thanks to Brandon, Matthew and Cody for the name of my mixtape that should be dropping soon.
We understand you’ve been accepted at Duke, MIT and Yale. Where will you be heading?
Rouseau: Well I was happy to be accepted to so many of the schools I applied to, because I know it’s really competitive and such an honor. MIT was definitely the school I was most excited about, because I’ve been talking about it all year. I kept other schools in consideration but when it came down to it, I chose MIT.
What do you see yourself doing in 10 years?
Rouseau: In 10 years I’m not sure what I’ll be doing. I plan on going to grad school and finding a career I love. I want to make a difference in the world and specifically here in Columbia. At some point I want to come back home and give back to the community.
Tell us about one of your most memorable moments or events from high school.
Rouseau: My most memorable moment from high school is a science competition that I went to with my classmates. It was the first academic competition that I had ever attended. We all had tons of fun and my team placed first and won iPads, so that’s always cool. Thanks Ms. Jurgens! She’s my physics teacher who we annoy during and after school, and she took us to the competition. She deserves a shoutout.
What song sums up your high school years, and why?
Rouseau: “Break Out! Break Out!” by All Time Low kind of sums up high school, because after being here so long we’re all ready to leave and pursue our dreams.
If you could only keep one object from high school for a box of treasured possessions, what would it be?
Rouseau: That object would be a seal I got while in Boston on a field trip. We were just sitting around and this guy in a seal costume walked out and another guy with him gave us all stuffed seals. We took pictures with the seal and it was so random. Not only was the trip fun but I also found out I got into MIT while on the trip, so everything was amazing.
What’s the biggest life lesson you learned from a teacher?
Rouseau: All of my teachers have taught me so much beyond the class curriculum. I think the biggest life lesson my teachers have taught me collectively is to do your best work and strive to achieve your full potential. This has definitely become the main theme recently as school is winding down to an end and senioritis is thriving.