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. As part of NEURO club, I invited speakers to campus in order to learn about the research they conducted. Their lectures were so informative and inspiring, and my interest in neuroscience continued to grow. Fortunately, at the end of my first year at the college, UChicago announced the addition of a new major: neuroscience.
I jumped into classes right away, and immediately, I felt confident that I had chosen the right major for me. In my “Sensation and Perception” class, we learned about how the brain processes the information it receives from the outside world. I remember turning to my friend at the end of our first class and exclaiming, “This is exactly what I want to be learning about!”
I’m currently in a class called “Photons to Consciousness: Cellular and Integrative Brain Function,” which explores current research in cellular networks and their role in brain function. Every week, we read about four publications from current researchers on topics like color vision, proprioception, and sleep. These papers dive into cellular and physiological research that has been very rewarding for me to engage with.