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.