I remember writing in my TRIP application essays that the most valuable part of TRIP would be the hands-on lab experience. However, after the past five weeks, I realized how much more I have gained than just that.
In addition to the hands-on portion, something important that I have also gained is the friends I’ve made and the TRIP family that I proudly have joined. Every time I come to the TRIP lab, I am excited not just to work on my project, but also to see my fellow TRIP peers. Their unique and easygoing personalities combined with the hard work and dedication they put into what they do continue to inspire and motivate me. Although we have only seen each other for ten days, I feel as if we have known each other for years, and I’m sure that we will continue to be lifelong friends.
To me, the end of TRIP is just a new beginning because I have come out as a transformed person. Metaphorically, TRIP has helped me “eclose” from my pupal case, and the lessons I learned have helped me “metamorphosize” into a fruit fly with wings that can carry me further in exploring my passions for science. My mindset has changed a lot, as I have learned the importance of hard work, dedication, and perseverance. I have met so many amazing people and learned so many skills that I will carry throughout my life.