Hey everyone reading this! My name is Andrew or Drew (I don’t have a preference) Moreland and I will be a junior at Cheltenham High School this coming school year. To start with some things about me; I’m 16 years old and have a twin sister named Zoe. We have a dog, a Golden Doodle named Cooper and a cat named Ollie. One of the biggest things in my life currently is playing soccer for Penn Alliance Soccer Club and for school. I also run both indoor and outdoor track for my school, in mid distance sprints (400m and 200m). I play the cello and have been for about 5 years now, and I’m in my school’s select chamber orchestra. This coming school year I’m also going to audition for the area’s district orchestra, which pullls players from counties in the area which I would really like to do. One of my favorite things to do to pass time is playing video games with my friends on Xbox, which is fun (most of the time).
Talking more specifically about soccer, I have been playing for about 10 or 11 years (I can’t remember exactly now), and it is one of the most important things in my life. Something that is really cool is that I have been playing with some of my current teammates since I started playing or at least near the start of my playing years. It is one of the best ways to meet more people and make new friends. Another goal of mine is to possibly get the chance to play soccer in college, at any level it has always been one of my aspirations and if I got the opportunity it would be amazing. But for now I’m playing for my club team and my school’s varsity team, which I have been on since I was a freshman. I hope this little blog was helpful in learning more about who I am and who I want to be. Thanks for reading!
And Let it Begin! by Vikas Rana
Hello everyone! My name is Vikas Rana, and I am going to be a rising junior at Garnet Valley High School, a relatively big high school right on the border of Delaware. In school, I participate in a variety of clubs and activities. Alongside a couple AP classes, I am apart of a multitude of clubs, including Model UN, Student Council, and Interact. What I love most about these clubs are their variety; all deal with different aspects of life, like public speaking, debate, and volunteer service, through competitions (Model UN) and voluntary community service (Student Council, Interact). For a profession, I hope to go into the field of medicine and become a doctor, as chemistry and biology are my passions when it comes to school.
Outside the classroom, one of my proudest activities is my job at the Maris Grove Retirement home, located just 5 minutes away from my house. I got the job two and a half years ago, and since then I have become a trainer. My main task is training new staff members to successfully wait tables on their own. Despite what may come to mind, I continue working because of the relationships I have formed with the residents. If I could, I would no doubt spend shift after shift listening to them talk about their former lives and give me advice about my future life. Also, I would love to travel when I get the opportunity. I just recently got back from Iceland, and all I can say is “wow.” The pictures were amazing, but the experience was even better.
I first heard of TRIP through a teacher at my school, one whom I had not had in over a year. I'm glad she reached out to me; without her, I would not have even heard about this program, let alone actually participate in a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Although we have only had two sessions, I know there is so much more to come, and I am looking forward to every minute of it.
Hi everybody! I’m Marc Lubman, and I’m part of the afternoon session of TRIP@TU2018. I’m a rising junior at Council Rock High School North, and I joined TRIP because I absolutely love science and doing biological research. I find biology to be endlessly interesting and I spend most of my time reading about all of the new discoveries and developments in biological research and medicine, such as all of the mind-blowing new discoveries related to gene editing. I also hope to pursue biology in the future once I go to college, and my goal is to become a research scientist.
Outside of school and the lab, I am a huge music fan. I can play quite a variety of instruments (although not always very well), like the piano, guitar, drums, and didgeridoo. Drums are my instrument of choice, and I’ve gotta say that I think there are few activities more rewarding than playing them. I honestly enjoy all genres of music, but some of my favorite bands are Ween, Tool, and Alice In Chains. I also love to ski, and do so as much as humanly possible during the winter. I am a huge fan of the outdoors, and I hike and rock climb whenever I have the time to. I also love spending time with my older brother and sister, who are sources of inspiration and some of the funniest people I know.
Even though I’ve only been doing TRIP for 1 week thus far, I am finding that I totally love it! I just love doing any and all activities in the lab, designing experiments, and finding out amazing things through results. I am hugely impressed by just how much we can find out from studying flies, and how similar they are to humans. I can’t wait to design and carry out my own independent project!
Get to Know Me! by Sanjit Shelukar
My name is Sanjit Shelukar and I am a rising senior at Wissahickon High School. I’ve been in Boy Scouts since I was in kindergarten. I have done some pretty exciting stuff in scouts, such as building a Ferris wheel, building a monkey bridge, and seeing the President! I’m currently working on my Eagle Scout project. I’m very excited to earn this award after years of hard work.
I have been playing basketball since 2nd grade. I play in my township’s league every year. I am a fan of the Golden State Warriors, but trust me I am NOT a bandwagon! I used to live in San Francisco and I liked them when I lived there.
I joined TRIP because it seemed like a very exciting program to be apart of. My sister, now a sophomore at Penn State, was in the program and when I went to her symposium, I decided I wanted to do TRIP when I got older. I’m very excited and grateful to be apart of this program! I think it’s a great opportunity to learn about a science lab.
My name is Sophia Jesteen, I’m a rising junior at Julia R. Masterman (home to the Blue Dragons, roar!). I love research and I found that with my interest in STEM, TRIP is the perfect opportunity to stimulate both interests. I love all aspects of lab work, even the writing process. I’m also a huge fan of observational/experimental science and with TRIP being such an amazing opportunity to put our own hypotheses to the test, this program is so exciting to me! I’m not sure exactly what I want to pursue in the future, but I believe after this experience I will have a strong inclination as to what it may be. In research science, I’m hoping to explore all the things I felt limited to exploring during my labs at school.
Some activities that I participate in at school include Volleyball, Ultimate Frisbee, Science Olympiad, and ACapella singing. I really enjoy running and am a huge fan of mystery shows, including Elementary. Fun fact about me, I have a strange love for organization, so you’ll usually catch me with highlighters and a planner. I live in Northeast Philly, close to Fox Chase, but I spend a lot of time in the city, largely contributed to the fact my school is in the city. During the school year, I wake up at 5 AM, catch a regional rail train by 6, take a bus from SEPTA Suburban Station to school, and do the opposite to get home around 6-7. I’ve been doing this since the fifth grade, so it’s become second nature to travel the city.
I’m so excited to be apart of TRIP and I can’t wait to discover so much more this summer!
Hi, I’m Angel Viskinda and I go to Conwell Egan Catholic, a small school not too far from the outside of Philadelphia. It’s a great school with an enthusiastic student body. After school my friends and I like to watch the one of the many teams practice, visit the wawa right across from school (it’s extremely convenient). Otherwise, I’m off to Drama!
I’m a fan of sailor moon and pop, but I also have a diverse music taste for hip-hop, rap, R&B, and alt pop rock (Just Nick, Remo Drive, Panic! at the Disco).
I’m really excited to join TRIP Initiative and to meet others as well as gain a new experience!
Kindu’s Blog by Kindu Kennedy
Hey, my name is Kindu Kennedy, I am a rising senior at Roxborough high school. Having been at Roxborough for the last three years, I have been exposed to numerous opportunities to portray my unique skills and abilities. While attending Roxborough, I have been on various sports teams and have joined a variety of different clubs within my school. I have been given the gracious opportunity to take a biotechnology class, where I have done pig dissections, made elephant toothpaste, and ran DNA through a gel electrophoresis chamber.
Though that may be a quick overview of my academic self, I believe that my individualized self outside of school is just as great. I have countless hobbies, but some that are very dear to my heart are playing video games, basketball, and having fun with my family. Video games are like a different world for me. Being able to escape reality and just focus on the objective of the game helps me soothe myself in trouble times and or relieve stress. My passion for basketball is similar to video games. Although, I have been playing the sport of basketball since I was four the feeling I get on the court is unreal. Being able to just play the sport lifts me above the world where I am in control and nothing can bother me. Finally the laughs and support my family provides is always the key to the success I want for myself. Having them as a support system and to just take my mind of things is really a major key in my life.
Another one of the opportunities I have been given because of biotechnology is actually being able to participate in TRIP. My biotechnology teacher Mrs. Thompson had Dr. Purdy come in and give an overview about what TRIP is and how to apply. Once I submitted my application we then took a trip to Fox Chase Cancer Center where I again got a chance to meet Dr. Purdy. As I learned about the facility while on my tour with Dr. Purdy, I began to like the research I’d be doing for the internship. Upon receiving my acceptance into the program I was overjoyed and I still am. As we move forward in the internship I have given fruit flies head trauma, and even knocked them out with carbon dioxide. I feel nothing but excitement whenever I am doing this research because not only does it excite me, but I believe more and more with each passing day, that this field might be the one for me.
A Quick "Wright-Up" by Emily Wright
Hello! My name is Emily Wright, and I'm a rising junior at Harriton High School. A few things about me: I’m an iced tea enthusiast, cat lover, and fan of parliamentary procedure. Some of favorite extracurriculars at Harriton include the Technology Student Association (TSA), an organization that hosts conferences in which students compete in STEM-related events, and my school's theater company, where I participate as a member of the lights department. TSA has become a really significant aspect of my life -- the organization has inspired me to pursue my interests in STEM, and has helped me develop a lot of the academic skills of which I consider my best. I also work as an anchor on my school's weekly news broadcast, and I play the viola and the guitar. When I'm not at school, I’m often writing, listening to/playing music, or eating.
I learned about TRIP Initiative through my anatomy teacher, who recommended the program to my class. Taking anatomy was one of my favorite academic experiences throughout high school, as it helped me develop my interest in biology and medical research. Prior to this summer, I hadn’t had much experience with applying curiosity to design in regards to experiments, and I thought this program would be a great opportunity to apply some of my interest in science and research to a project.
I can’t wait to share the rest of my experiences here in the future!
Lil Bit About Me! by Ally Yu
Hi! My name is Ally Yu. I go to Wilson High School which is just outside the Reading area, so I live a good distance from Temple. In my freetime I like to take my puppy, Benji, on walks and hang out with friends and family. I play tennis on my high school's team and I will be a co-captain this upcoming school year (Ah, it’s weird to think I’m a senior). I am also a total foodie and will admit yelp is probably one of my most used apps. I love to travel and learn about different cultures; my dream destination would probably be Spain. I enjoy art and design and something I would love to do would be to design a tiny-home. I am just amazed at how much you can compact in so little small space. I also take part in the Fashion and Design event for the Technology Student Association (TSA) and had the opportunity to design different clothing pieces following the year’s theme.
In the future...well, I am not exactly sure what career I want to go into, however, I am really interested in going into a field of science or possibly blend science and design/art into a career. I am so excited to be apart of TRIP and experience the process of research in a lab-setting. One week of TRIP is already done and it is crazy how much we have learned. I look forward to the weeks to come!
About Me by Ishani Ranjan
Hi! My name is Ishani Ranjan, and I am a rising junior at West Windsor-Plainsboro High School North. I am so excited to become a part of the TRIP family, and can’t wait to learn so many new things through such cool experiences in a lab. I hope to pursue a career in the biomedical field in the future. Nevertheless, I love science and any experiences in a lab!
Aside from school and TRIP, I enjoy being a member of multiple clubs in my school. I am a part of my school’s Future Problem Solving Team, Model UN Team, and Red Cross club. I also volunteer at my local hospital, which I truly enjoy as way to relax and meet new people. I also love learning Spanish, and next year will be my eleventh year of taking the class in school. I love traveling, photography, and listening to music as well. Some of my favorite places to travel have been Spain, Germany, and Russia! Some of my favorite genres of music include Pop, Reggaeton, and Classical.
I am always down for trying new things and learning through a different lens. Through the TRIP initiative, I am learning so much about science and fruit flies, but I am also learning so much about myself as well!