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My name is...Anneliese Smith

Nursing student, Spanish speaker, flower girl


Helping hands

I turn 21 in June and I’ve lived in Parker my whole life. Sometimes I feel like I was born in the wrong era, like I should have been a flower girl in the 1960s.

I’m a CNA right now and I’m attending the Community College of Denver to study nursing. I want to make a positive impact on the world, and I want to be on the front lines helping people. I also love science. Nursing’s such a versatile field, I feel like I can go into any specialty I have an interest in, and nurses are always in demand. I want a job that has it all.

Happy trails

I don’t do it as much as I’d like, but I really like distance running and trail running. I ran cross country at Legend High School and made varsity a couple times. My motto is “nature is my church, working out is my religion,” so I need to get back out there. My favorite places are Hidden Mesa in Franktown and Bluffs Regional Park in Lone Tree.

Language lover

I love the Spanish language. I’m not fluent, but I speak almost fluently, enough that I could definitely survive if you dropped me in Peru or somewhere. My mom’s half Spanish and half Dutch, so I’ve always heard it growing up.

Learning a new language breaks down cultural barriers. I think there’s a stigma attached to members of the Hispanic community who live here. You should see the reaction when you speak to them in their native language — their surprise, they just light up. I think it helps them to feel accepted.

It’s just cool to me to see cultural barriers be destroyed like that.

Protect the planet

I think we all need to protect and cleanse the earth. Everything came together so perfectly so that life could flourish, and I just think it’s a silly, quixotic idea for people to theorize about colonizing Mars or things like that when we should focus on fortifying our planet and stopping the damage we’re doing to it.

We need to come together and stop fooling around.


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