The Me-to-We Movement

Personal Statement

My mother first introduced me to the me-to-we way of life. She has always been my heroine and my source of motivation. Her primary concern as a physician is to help as many people as possible. At first, I did not understand why she always worked fourteen hours a day and constantly checked on her patients. When I entered college, I came to realize that she is selflessly trying to provide the best care to patients with cancer. Like my mother, my father engaged in work with a broad purpose. He conducted research at New York University on the effect of stressors on the brain for more than a decade. I fully appreciated my parents’ hard work and their impact on our community. Now, I embark on a long but exciting journey to use my knowledge and the power of science to benefit world citizens. I began my first research internship in the summer of my sophomore year in high school. This life-changing experience introduced me to the intellectually engaging process of biological research. Since then, I have wanted to engage in biomedical research in an academic setting because it is a perfect synchronization of cutting edge scientific discovery and medical treatment that will enhance the lives of countless people. Thus, I thank my mother for her invitation to the me-to-we movement. After Dr. Taylor told me I was hired for the summer to work in her lab, I reacted with both elation and anxiety. Although I love to study genetics and development, I was not mentally prepared to handle the unexpected in a professional, university-level laboratory. Images of old, dusty, and obsessed scientists washing a thousand test tubes and boiling deadly chemicals ran through my head. In addition, the idea of working with fruit flies did not sound extremely enticing. Nevertheless, my curiosity and optimism encouraged me to explore the unknown. When I met her, my mentor defied my expectations. Her entertaining talk on fruit fly genetics and the possible applications to human sexuality immediately grabbed my attention. After eight weeks of working in her lab, I learned more than I could ever dream of about Drosophila melanogaster. From staining tissues using antibodies to observing courtship rituals, these little flies taught me a valuable lesson—the result of scientific studies can change the world. I have always been an optimistic and curious individual. I am not afraid of failure and curious to confront and overcome it. Although I have encountered numerous problems in the laboratory, I strive to perfect my skills. I understand that teamwork and cooperation are essential to success. By helping others in labs and in discussions, I help myself improve. Even sometimes unconscious of this phenomenon, I am transitioning from me-to-we thinking.

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