Hi! My name is Taahzje Ellis, and I am a soon to be junior at Murrell Dobbins Career & Technical Education High School. I am in my school's biotechnology shop so I am already a little familiar with bio-tech in general. In my shop I have done a lot of experiments from chromatography to the separation of DNA and bacteria. Besides that I'm involved in my school's TSTL club which stands for Today's Scholars Tomorrow's Leaders. In this club we discuss the problems in the world and share our opinions and discuss ways to improve the problem from the student perspective. Currently, we are producing a documentary on the root causes of violence, especially in diverse and lower income communities. Besides that, I am in the Alumni student network club and student senate. At first I wasn't into the idea of joining clubs, but now I really enjoy the setting and the things that you can learn with the opportunities that they can provide for you.
I first found out about TRIP through Steppingstones and I decided to get involved in it because I was looking for internships that could teach me things and open a door for more opportunities for me in the future. Something that was really important to me was to do a program that introduces me to a new kind of experiment and one that can offer me more hands-on lab experience to help me reach my career goals of eventually working in labs.
In just week 1 of TRIP, I am very excited to continue my TRIP journey and I look forward to what I will be doing next and cannot wait for everything that is to come. Though at first it was a bit challenging due to me not having taken chemistry yet, but after starting the program I've improved and learned lots of new things.