Hello readers, my name is Diego Asencio, a rising senior at Pennsbury High School and a current member of the TRIP Initiative at Temple University. To give some background about my life, my father is from San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic, my mother is from Ica, Peru, and I was born in Miramar, Florida. I moved to New Jersey for roughly a year, and then proceeded to move to Yardley, Pennsylvania, where I currently live. Having so much history within the hispanic community both in the States and with family overseas are both prides of my life and are a driving force in my pursuit to diversify the science field.
Other than school, I enjoy a busy life, which is my preferred use of time. I am an employee at Chick-Fil-A Oxford Valley Road, and have been so for around 2 years. The kindness that is brought out of the deepest depths of my heart when I am in the uniform is an emotion that drives me to do better everyday. In addition, if I'm not at home or working, I am most likely playing Ultimate Frisbee. I first found frisbee through a local summer camp, which I now am a counselor for, and have been playing for my high school since freshman year. Along the way I became hungrier and hungrier for more playing time, so I joined a summer league, a winter league, and an elite league where I played, and still play, against other men and women in the area at an extremely high level. The community is so kind and forgiving, but isn’t scared to give to you straight, just one of the many reasons why ultimate frisbee is a passion in my life.
So far, the TRIP Initiative has mainly taught me how to use Schoology and how to take a train from Yardley to Temple, but I am certain that this will change in the coming weeks. Using a micropipette in the lab today was something that I loved, the device was efficient and compact, perfect for a scientific setting. I know that although the research I will be conducting in the lab in the next coming weeks may be unnoticeable in the grand scheme of life, it will lead me down a path where changing lives will be my everyday job. My dream job is to be a pediatric cardiologist, which is perfect for my vision in life. I want to make at least one person’s life better because of something that I did. Being a pediatrician is the perfect job for that mission, and one that the TRIP Initiative is sure to help me achieve.