I decided to take my dream in action for the rest of high school.
With schools and institutions shutting down thanks to the coronavirus, I took advantage of this long break and spent a lot of time navigating through the internet and social media. This is when I finally discovered what I want to do in the future. I have been watching many informational youtube channels such as the Infographic Show and TEDtalk, and swiping through numerous TikTok doctors/professionals such as Dr. Anthony Youn (@tonyyounmd), Dr. Richard Brown (@therealtiktokdoc), and Hyram (@skincarebyhyram). These holistic plastic surgeons and professionals educated the public through actual surgical contents and analyzed the ingredients within a product while making it humorous and enjoyable. I told myself that “this is the kind of life and environment that I want to be in when I grow up.” Thus, after binge watching all of their videos, I decided to take my dream in action for the rest of high school. I doubled my science course load in junior year and planned on doing the same thing in senior year, as well as following a pre-med track in college. I applied to many extra curriculars and was elected as my school’s American Heart Association Club co-president as well as my school’s Rock Ambassador.
If you are reading this as a future TRIP Initiative applicant, I would like to share my story with you. To be honest, in my freshmen year, I was too scared to apply for any positions and activities at my school because as a new incomer not only into the school, but also into the country. I felt like I had no place to speak nor to share my thoughts before people who spent more time in the same place. Yet, I was wrong. I learnt that applying to something does not mean carrying all the responsibility by yourself, but rather sharing your opinion and collaborating with others in order to be successful. That is what I received in TRIP. Not only does it provide an opportunity for us to conduct our own research, but it also fulfills extra knowledge that we would never learn in a regular science course offered by schools.