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Undergraduate Institution: Wittenberg University, Springfield, Ohio
There are ideas that are instilled in each of us as a child that we hold fast to for the rest of our life. They shape the way we think, the way we act, and the decisions we make. Perhaps it was all the Disney movies that I watched growing up, but I believe in dreams, in adventure, and in a place called home. It is no surprise that these attributes near and dear to my heart led me to pursue a PhD. There is so much excitement and adventure in science. There are always more questions to be asked and more answers to be found. With the advancements in technology, it is quite possible that the dream of a young scientist can become a reality. Since arriving “home” at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, my passion for science has grown all the more. The science in this institution is nothing short of extraordinary. The faculty members are making big strides in their respective fields while working towards benefiting humanity with their work. It is a truly a privilege to be a part of it all.
For me, Cincinnati is home for me in a quite literal sense. This is the town where I was born and raised, and it is honestly the last place I thought I would end up for graduate school. The adventurer in me wanted to get out of Ohio and see what the rest of the United States had to offer, but the program here was everything I was looking for in a graduate school program. How could I possibly go anywhere else? In addition to top of the line research, the people in the MDB program are truly remarkable. I was welcomed into the program and the third floor lunch crew with open arms. These new friends will be the ones who celebrate successes and give encouragement when there are failures over the next few years. As I start the next adventure in my life, I am happy to be taking these new friends with me.
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