Kevin Vargas

Round Lake High School, Class of 2011
Yale University, Class of 2015

Kevin was admitted into the Schuler Scholar program in 2009 and graduated from Round Lake Senior High School in 2011. During his time at Round Lake, he balanced a heavy workload of AP and honor courses and various extracurricular activities. He participated in the high school’s math team where he earned prizes and placed in several math competitions. He was also involved in the school’s theatre program, where he helped construct the sets for the plays and also served as stage manager. During the summers, he returned to Camp Manito-wish YMCA twice to serve as a student camp leader, took a macroeconomics course at Brown University, and traveled to New Orleans to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity. All of his efforts paid off and he was granted admission into some of the best schools in the country. He ultimately decided to matriculate to Yale University, becoming the first in his family to attend college.   

During the academic year at Yale, Kevin volunteers as a Spanish interpreter for doctors, patients, and medical students at a nearby health center. Additionally, he is a Peer Health Educator at Yale Health, serving as a resource on campus for health-related information. He began serving as a Communication and Consent Educator for the Yale College Dean’s Office in 2012 where he has since helped facilitate small group workshops around bystander intervention and sexual misconduct. Other activities that Kevin has been involved with on campus include shooting with the Yale Archery Team, learning American Sign Language through the Directed Independent Language Study program, and cooking late-night meals for his peers in his residential college’s buttery.   

During the summer after his first year of college, Kevin began to work in vascular mechanics lab where he realized his interest in cellular culturing and mechanics. In the summer after his sophomore year of college, Kevin worked as Schuler Scholar intern, where he helped tutor high school students in math, developed programs for current Scholars, and provided assistance throughout the collage application process. This summer, Kevin is splitting his time between studying French in Paris, France and continuing his research in New Haven, Connecticut, while also preparing for his final year at Yale.  

Kevin will graduate in May 2015 with a degree in Biomedical Engineering and a focus in Biomechanics. After graduation, he hopes to work in the biomedical field and eventually pursue a graduate degree.

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