Hi! My name is Rebecca Thomas. I'm a sophomore, and I go to the Downingtown STEM Academy. Music is a big part of my life. I grew up around music, both in church and at home, so I’ve been singing for a very long time. Most of my time is spent listening to or singing music, as I am involved in various choirs in school, the Kennett Symphony Chorus, and at church.
Most of my friends seem to know what they want to do in the future, which is something I wish I could say. That's why I'm so excited for TRIP! I think it will be a good opportunity to expose myself to various careers and explore my interest in science.
In school, although we do labs, our learning is not as hands-on as I would like it to be. The TRIP Initiative works differently from school in that I have the ability work in a lab the whole time. This program allows me to work how a real scientist works! I am able to DO science rather learn science! I get to expand my interest, commitment to learning, and understanding of science.
The first two weeks of TRIP have gone by so fast. I was worried about 5 hours of hard work being straining, but it has not been. Although tiring, the work has been balanced out by our energetic instructors and the fun of meeting and interacting with my peers. I was also a little worried about the whole fly thing because insects...well they're not my favorite, but I’m starting to get used to them! I have already learned a crazy amount of new information, and I can't even imagine what I will have learned by the end of my experience in the TRIP Initiative.