In 9th grade, my biology teacher gave me one of the best pieces of advice I’ve ever received: “Don’t be afraid of hard work.” I took those words to heart and bring that sentiment to every endeavor I undertake. What I like the most about her advice is that she encouraged not just hard work, but also fearlessness. In high school, this meant working up the nerve to run for leadership positions, trying again if I failed and continuing to do my best once elected. The confidence I developed in those leadership positions carried over into college where I pursue my passions: writing and science.
Often, the humanities and sciences are portrayed as juxtaposed to one another—as if the physical study of life and its philosophical reflection aren’t complementary. However, I’d feel incomplete without both. So when I enrolled in Drew University, I became a biochemistry major with a minor in writing. At Drew, I am part of the Baldwin Honors Program, a program for academically strong students. However, while my studies are important to me, I also enjoy activities outside of the classroom. Currently, I am a writer for the Odyssey Online, a media platform that I write an article for every week.
As an ANY Fellow, I hope to develop professional skills and learn from the experiences of those in the ANY family. In the future, I plan to attend graduate school and pursue a career where I can combine both my passions and, of course, continue to be unafraid of hard work.