Taylor Baurichter was just awarded a $1,000 scholarship and spot in the prestigious Freshman Research Scholars program at Oklahoma State University where, starting in the fall, she will engage in cutting-edge research in collaboration with pioneering faculty researchers.
College: Engineering, Architecture & Technology
Major: Civil Engineering
What do you most anticipate about life at OSU?
I am most anticipating the freedom of making my own decisions and being responsible for them. I also look forward to building new friendships, hopefully lifelong ones.
Pluto . . . Planet or Plutoid?
OSU football Coach Mike Gundy famously declared, “I’m a man! I’m 40!” When will you join the ranks of adulthood? How will you know?
I believe that adulthood is reached at age 18. The real question is “When will you be an adult?” Everyone may reach adulthood at the same age, but they may not actually act like an adult. The ranks of being an adult are reached when the person is acts completely mature. I think this is what Mike Gundy meant by his quote. He has obviously been a man since he was eighteen and reached adulthood, but may not have acted like an adult ’til age 40. So as of right now I have reached adulthood, I am 18, but I am not an adult yet. I still have childish thoughts and am irresponsible in some of the categories that an adult must be responsible.
What’s your favorite Dr. Seuss book?
Fox in Socks
If you could have one superpower, what would you want? Why?
I would want to have flying powers. I would love to be able to fly. Imagine flying with the birds and looking down at the earth to see little specs below. I would have a true bird’s eye view.
Which Mythbuster is most like you: Adam, Jamie, Kari, Grant or Tory?
What’s the first thing that you notice about people?
I tend to notice their character and whether or not they seem approachable.
What’s your favorite midnight snack?
What’s the best costume you’ve ever worn?
If you had to live under the sea, which animal would you be? Why?
I would be a dolphin. This is because they are both gentle and fierce. They are gentle enough to be friends with humans and other animals that do not offend them, but they are fierce enough to fight sharks who may attack them. They match my personality exactly and therefore couldn’t be a better match for me.
Star Wars, Star Trek, Stargate or Dancing with the Stars?
What do you hope to accomplish in FRS?
I hope to discover many things while collaborating with colleagues and building relationships with them.
Anything else we should know?
I am very athletic. I love all sports, even those I haven’t ever played before. I love meeting new people and making friends. I love discovering things and exploring. There’s nothing quite like an adventure. I especially love culture. Skydiving is on my college bucket list. (Unfortunately, I can’t do this until I recover from my knee surgery.)