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A Mind (and Heart) Made for the Colorado School of Mines

Averie Goldberg is the epitome of making dreams a reality with hard work and determination.
Goldberg in the original sweatshirt that sparked her journey.

Since she was 15 years old, Averie Goldberg (‘24) has had her heart set on attending Colorado School of Mines. This past month, her dream became reality when she received her acceptance in the mail.

Mines, as one of the leading engineering schools in the world, with a selective 55% acceptance rate, was no easy feat to get into. From Goldberg’s first moments at Broomfield, she was hard at work tending to the grueling schedule she crafted for herself.

It was far from uncommon to see Goldberg hard at work during her off periods or lunch. Once, while studying in the cafeteria, a mountain of papers sprawled in front of her, she explained her motive for enduring such rigor: “I want to go to the School of Mines.”

An excerpt from Goldberg’s college essay reads, “Shuffling through the men’s sweatshirt rack when I was fifteen years old, I revealed a dark blue hoodie bearing the Colorado School of Mines logo.”

“I found this Mines hoodie and I got it, and I was like, I want to go there so bad,” said Goldberg. The day Mines presented itself in that thrift store was the day Goldberg found her calling. From then on, she completely devoted herself to her goal.

This dedication is something Goldberg portrays in every aspect of her life.

As a role model to her two younger sisters (and maybe even her older sister), Goldberg acts as a supporting pillar of her large family. After the passing of her mom in middle school, Goldberg and her sisters were left to persevere. Unsurprisingly, they each did with overwhelming strength.

Averie Goldberg, specifically, found strength in helping others. This, as well as her love for the planet, fueled her initiative to better the world and its inhabitants.

“My future goal is to work with world development projects like putting clean water in developing countries, finding clean energy solutions for major companies, or maybe just waste management troubleshooting,” said Goldberg.

The School of Mines acts as the first step on her world-changing expedition. Goldberg hopes to challenge herself by pursuing an Environmental Engineering degree surrounded by fellow “nerd hippies.”

Goldberg knew from the beginning CSM was for her, and visiting the campus only further confirmed her excitement.

“Everybody there had a very similar personality to me… everybody camps every weekend and is very committed to math and science. The whole campus is very clean with environmental stuff, and it just felt very much like home to me,” said Goldberg.

Goldberg loves everything about the outdoors which in turn, kindles her “overwhelming urge to just protect all kinds of life on the planet.”

Goldberg is someone who, with a generous heart, sees a problem and makes it her mission to find a solution. This may be one reason why she works as the president of BHS’ Student Council. The significance of her story comes with her unique and admirable approach to helping others.

Her admission to the Colorado School of Mines is a leap forward on Goldberg’s future change-making path.

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Lila Emery, Editor-in-Chief
Lila Emery is a senior at Broomfield, and the writing Editor-in-Chief for this year’s Eagle Way. This year her goal is to write quality stories and get into college. She has her sights set on the University of San Diego or UC Santa Cruz, but is undecided regarding an area of study. She is a proud member of the Best Buddies program at Broomfield, as well as NHS and Key Club. She also participates in track and runs hurdles with Mr. Hazzard. Outside of school she enjoys the outdoors, running, cooking, and spending time with family and friends.

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