Hello! My name is Jessie Taubert and I am a rising senior at Mass Academy of Math and Science in Worcester. My freshman and sophomore years of high school were cut short at Wachusett in Holden. During the summer, I enjoy going to the beach and boating with my cousins in Cape Cod. I've attended multiple STEM-based camps at WPI and learned a lot in the classrooms and labs there. I spend most of my free time rock climbing, reading, and pursuing music. Recently, I’ve been tinkering with video editing, and I also enjoy skiing in the winter with my family. On this site, you can expect to find some of my intriguing projects and a compilation of my hobbies and achievements!
I participate in two main activities for community service. Initially, I began to help at WHEAT Community Centers, a food pantry in Clinton, where I help stock shelves and organize inventory, along with maintaining a clean environment. This service opportunity was something that I found very meaningful. This establishment was a bit hidden away, and I was surprised at the community that was there. I enjoy giving back to the community in this way and interacting with people I otherwise may not have crossed paths with!
Additionally, I began tutoring at Chocksett Middle School in Sterling, my old middle school. I tutor students from grades 5 - 8 in all academic areas, and I find it a valuable experience to learn different approaches of explaining topics to others and having patience with the students as they work through probelms. I was a bit nervous to begin tutoring but I am very glad that I did. I realized through this that I've learned many different ways to visualizer and think about problems, which is key to establishing a base to learn from. I am so glad that I engaged in this service opportunity as I realized that some students are more than capable of doing problems that they think they might not be, and sometimes a little individual guidance makes all the difference in their understanding. I love helping the students I get to work with, and they all have such bright personalities!
I have been climbing for seven years and have competed in the sport for six years as a member of USA Climbing. I work at Central Rock Gym where I run the front desk and coach, along with staffing different events. I love the diversity and ever-changing aspect of climbing, and nearly everything I’ve learned from climbing can be translated into my everyday life. In climbing, you never see the same climb twice, but you see similar movements, making it critical to know how to approach the problems instead of getting good at one singular aspect. The perseverance this sport has taught me is invaluable, and I love being part of such a strong, friendly community. I’ve seen firsthand how if you count yourself out from the start, you’re setting yourself up for failure, and if you get too caught up in the scoring and competing against others, you’re going to lose focus on competing against the wall.
Reading is, and has always been, one of my favorite pastimes, as I love being completely entranced by stories. The only thing I will not voluntarily read is anything of the non-fiction genre. I used to only read books from the library, but now I prefer reading my own copies of books so that they are clean and I can tab my favorite quotes. E-books are not my first choice of books, mainly because I spend enough time looking at a screen as it is. Whichever book I am currently reading is likely my favorite book. I definitely prefer paperbacks to hardcover books, unless the hardcover has pretty foiling under the dust jacket.
I love everything about music. I’m currently teaching myself guitar, and throughout the years I have learned how to play clarinet, trumpet, and harmonica. I listen to nearly every type of music, mainly based on how I’m feeling, and I am constantly listening to music. My cousins joke about this habit of mine because I will often show up to events and go places with one earbud in. Because I listen to a large array of music, I can never pinpoint a favorite song or artist. I love songs that tell stories or evoke certain feelings. All of my playlists on Spotify have book quotes as the title and description, and - of course - the covers are pictures of sunsets. One song I've been listening to recently is The Fall by half alive.