10 MOST INTERESTING PEOPLE AT KOFA: Chase Saldivar
May 17, 2012 • Priscilla Ozuna, Staff Writer
Filed under Features
“It’s better to be silent and thought a fool then to open your mouth and remove all doubt.” When asked, Robert Saldivar said this was the quote he lived by after saying “YOLO”, jokingly. Robert Chase Saldivar is a 17-year-old junior at Kofa. He was born in Tucson and raised in Mexico for most of his life. He is involved in many clubs, plays guitar, and his biggest fear is clowns. Though his first name is Robert, he prefers going by his middle name, Chase.
Chase is an all-around joyful guy who is persistent, passionate, and determined. As of now, he is part of JSA, Robotics, and the Academic Decathlon. Saldivar is very much involved in school. He is currently taking four AP courses; english, U.S. history, Spanish literature, and macroeconomics. Next year, he plans to take as many AP courses, too.
When Saldivar isn’t at school, you can probably find him at Chili’s. He has been working at Chili’s as a host and silverware roller for almost a year. “I love working there,” Chase said. The restaurant is special to Chase because he recalls meeting his girlfriend there. “It was the first time I saw her… it was unexpected,” he said. Maybe this is why Chase loves his job. Who knows? Saldivar confesses studying and working is sometimes hard to balance. “With time management, concentration and staying up late at night, I find the way to work it out.”
“I love playing my guitar, it is probably my one and only hobby,” Chase said. Whenever he has free time, he grabs his guitar and starts playing. He says it’s fun and helps him relieve all the stress. “I’ve been working on my first song for a year now and only have three lines,” he said laughing.
Chase has many quirks that make him unique and interesting. For example, prices set at 99 cents are his big pet peeve because, “They make you believe it’s less than a dollar, when it is really just one cent away,” he asserted. Chase even said he would like having the ability to create all forms of ice, and he would like to be known as “Dry Ice”. “First of all, I would make it snow in Arizona to give everyone here the experience of seeing and touching snow,” Chase said. When he was only 8, he watched the movie “It”, causing his biggest fear, clowns. “It basically made me terrified of clowns because there is this evil clown who kills everyone!” he said.
Chase’s greatest accomplishment has been getting all his credits accepted when he transferred schools. Since his previous school’s credit system was different from Kofa’s, it was difficult for his credits to be validated. “I was really worried I would have to take all the classes I had already took again, but I managed to transfer my credits correctly and make them count.”
In his future, Chase sees himself at the University of San Diego majoring in biomedical engineering. He particularly chose the U of SD because it is one of the top 5 best universities specializing in his major. Saldivar hopes to become a brain surgeon one day. “The brain is the most interesting part of the body and I’d like to find out more about it,” Chase said. If he were famous, he said he would be famous for creating a pill that allowed a human being to use up to 50 percent of their brain for pure capacity as opposed to only 15 percent we use today. He hopes to make an impact on the world by creating this pill. “I’d like to help everyone learn faster and advance faster,” Chase said.