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In third grade, I told my mom I wanted to be a neuroscientist. I was fascinated by the idea of examining my thoughts and the happenings inside my head that created those thoughts. Although at that age I was, of course, unaware of the details of neuroscientific research, I found that most of my questions about the world revolved around thoughts, minds, and sensations. Over the next nine years, I spent as much time as I could learning about the brain. So, naturally, the first student organization I joined when I arrived on the UChicago campus was NEURO club.
UChicago offers many opportunities for students to volunteer and give back to the community. Growing up, my mother was involved with different philanthropy groups, and I was fascinated with the work they did. So, once I was old enough, I jumped into every chance I could to give back to the community.
Just a month ago, my dad drove me from our home near Boston, MA to a small, picturesque, seaside town on Cape Cod called Woods Hole. This town isn’t like any other coastal spot; it’s a world-renowned hub of marine biological study. Scientists come from all over the country and the world to study and work here. So, for a young scientist like me, traveling to Woods Hole was a dream come true.
“What’s that building that’s under the North Parking Garage?” I mused to myself while wandering around campus during O-Week. The thought quickly left my mind as I ran off with my House for a trip to Chinatown for bubble tea. However, a couple days later, while perusing the booths at the student activities fair, I noticed the University Community Service Center (UCSC) table and, knowing that I wanted to get involved in service, went over.
While UChicago’s campus is stunning, exploring beyond our neighborhood of Hyde Park and into the diverse and exciting city of Chicago has been an important part of my college experience. At first, Chicago’s size worried me (I’m from the Boston area, and Chicago is much larger), but through House trips organized by our Resident Heads, Resident Assistants, and House Council, I found navigating the city was not so intimidating.