Hi everyone! My name is Grace Jiang and I’m a junior at Unionville High School. I was born in West Chester and have lived here with my parents and brother my whole life. I did live in China for two years, but I was so young I don’t remember anything at all!
At school, I’m co-president of MED Club and am on the executive board of SHOC (end-of-the-year event planned by upperclassmen for rising freshman class). As part of MED Club, we founded HOSA this year.
I also used to dance competitively for 10 years, and am on my school’s dance team. Some other fun facts about me are that I am currently getting EMT-certified, am a hostess at a sushi restaurant, and am obsessed with avocados. In my free time, I love snowboarding, watercolor painting, running (occasionally), and trying new foods! I also play the NYT Wordle and mini crossword puzzle every day.
I’m not entirely sure what I want to do in the future, but I’m grateful for this opportunity at TRIP to continue exploring my interests. I find research fascinating and hope to discover if it’s something I can see myself doing long-term. The freedom and creativity in conducting original research and positive impact on society are what make research—and TRIP!—appealing to me. I was scared that I would hate the fruit flies like I hate most insects, but I actually find watching them crawl around in their little vial very therapeutic. I’m a little nervous about the upcoming kickoff experiment, though—I have to induce head trauma on my flies… poor things don’t know what's coming. I was beginning to grow attached! Anyway, we’ve only had one session so far but I’m looking forward to learning a lot in the next few months!