Like most Mines students, Aubrey Garrick grew up loving math and science. She even had her dad create math homework for her when she was in preschool. But what sets Aubrey apart are her future goals: she wants to be a flavorist for a candy company. "Food Network was my favorite thing to watch when I was a kid, over cartoons, over everything, specifically the show 'Unwrapped' by Marc Summers," she said.
Since watching that show, Aubrey's interest in chemistry and how chemistry pertains to flavor grew; when she was accepted to Mines, she knew she would want to study chemistry in hopes of becoming a flavorist (she's in the class of 2019). She's especially intrigued by Red 40, an artificial dye that is used in almost everything that is red. Aubrey is sensitive to Red 40 (it gives her migraines) so one of her future goals as a flavorist is to get rid of the artificial dyes while still maintaining the integrity of the flavor of the food, or candy, in her case.
"I really think there is so much candy that can be good, but there is so much that is harmful and crappy and it has all of these bad ingredients or it doesn’t even taste like what it’s supposed to taste like," said Aubrey. "There are ways to make watermelon things actually taste like watermelon. And to color things that make them look like they are supposed to without hurting people’s brains."
Aubrey's favorite candy are M&M's (the original milk chocolate kind). Not only do they have a perfect taste, but she loves everything about the bite-size candy. "It’s the whole thing. Even if you have something that tastes good, if it doesn’t look good, if it doesn’t smell good, if it doesn’t feel good, if it doesn’t have the right shape, people aren't going to like it. So I feel like M&M Mars really has a handle on the whole package."
Aubrey considers herself very fortunate to be able to come to Mines and work toward her dream job. She currently receives several scholarships, including the Halliburton Making the Connection scholarship. "Without the scholarships, I probably wouldn’t have been able to come up here right away. I probably would have had to take a couple years off to work and then come up here or maybe take a couple community college courses while working full time," she said. "It has been just a blessing to come up here and get started on my education and actually be able to do that instead of having to push it all back just to wait for money."