My time in high school
Attended high school in the
Overall high school experience
8/10. I loved [high school name omitted]. We had [name omitted] when she was principal and the school was such a loving and warm community. It was never negative.
Grades in high school
A's and B's.
Math. I was always a math girl. But I think i went in a too high level in high school. In college, I repeated AP calculus rather than transfer my score of 4 to get credit because I knew I was going to struggle and I wanted to retry and get better grades.
Life since high school
Attended college / university at
I currently go to Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York.
I am majoring in Biochemistry.
Places lived in US
California, New York
Current occupations / past occupations
I currently am a full-time student and an undergraduate researcher in my research lab at RIT.
Industries I've worked in
I have not interned at a job yet.
Did your education prepare you for your career or occupation?
My education is super hands on combined with the research I'm working on. I think it's preparing me so well for when I graduate.
Has your education or career/occupation trajectory ever changed? How?
No. It's been the same since high school. I'm determined to do well
A little introspection...
To me, being successful means...
Being happy and feeling accomplished
My definition of success has changed over time.
I used to believe that to be successful was to have the best grades. Now its just feeling happy with yourself.
My greatest accomplishment to date and what I’ve learned from it
I currently do research at my college on sepsis. My biggest accomplishment was finding a breakthrough on the project that may change how we prevent sepsis.
My biggest mistake or regret so far and what I’ve learned from it
My biggest regret was believing that this one girl hated me and criticized me. A year later, I talked to her and it was a huge misunderstanding. We are now good friends. If I had done that earlier, my spring semester last year would have been so different.
An unexpected event that significantly changed my life and how it impacted me
Definitely going to college. California is definitely its own bubble. Going across the country to Western New York (not a hugely populated area), I met so many different people that live lifestyles so different than mine. The Bay area is such a rich lifestyle, changing it to conform to my college's was hard for me but it definitely made me more humble and more grateful for what I had. I also realized that life isn't perfect. A lot of my friends went through serious hardships in their lives and seeing the suicides happening back home opened my eyes. I'm now more determined than ever to finish with my bachelor's and go onto grad school for my classmates who will never get the chance.
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My favorite spot in or around Palo Alto
Downtown Palo Alto :D