For as long as I can remember, I have always loved science. When I was four, I knew I wanted to become a doctor. I dreamed of working for Doctors Without Borders, and I loved watching doctors removing cataracts and fixing cleft lips in third world countries. Neither of my parents are doctors, and neither of them completely understand my obsession.
A few summers ago, I was selected to intern at the Cardiothoracic Surgical Skills Summer Internship at Stanford University through the American Academy of Medicine and Surgery. This internship taught me what I love and have a calling to do. I learned how to surgical knot tie, ligate vessels, suture, and perform a Coronary Artery Bypass Graft and an Aortic Valve Replacement.
I am a Regents’ and Chancellor’s Scholar at University of California, Berkeley. I am majoring in Molecular and Cell Biology—with an emphasis on genetics, genomics, and development—and minoring in Data Science. I am pre-med; however, I am also very interested in machine learning and AI and how those tools can be used in advancing modern medicine as well as cancer, proteomics, and genomics research. I truly want to help people and I believe the best way I can accomplish this goal is through STEM.
I currently mentor underprivileged girls and help them pursue their STEM passions. I do not love science and medicine for the monetary reasons. I want what I am passionate about to positively impact others. As such, I am teaching the girls how to suture, how to measure blood pressure and heart rate, and how to identify different heart sounds.
ABOUT THE BLOG
I created this blog because I wanted to make a real difference. As early as elementary school, I began to realize how the history of science is a history of men’s accomplishments (with a few notable exceptions). To this day, I am still shocked by how dramatically under-represented women are in my textbooks, and how few girls seem interested in science.
From a young age, girls are subtly discouraged from pursuing science, technology, engineering, and mathematics careers because they are seen as traditionally masculine fields of endeavor. These kinds of accepted societal norms should not and cannot be considered “okay.” I launched FEMISCIENCE to promote science for women and girls; to inform others about the achievements and innovations occurring in modern science; and to empower all to fight for equality and education.
A revolution cannot be accomplished using an evolutionary approach. This website is about taking action and making real change. It is about working in the community and actively mentoring and helping young and underprivileged girls so that they have the foundation necessary to excel in STEM. I have a personal goal of tutoring 100 girls, and of reaching 1 million girls through my blog. I want girls to be inspired by the stories on this site, and to develop the knowledge and confidence necessary to become future leaders in science. Let’s change the world!