Jessica Wang, 17, is a senior at Walnut High School. She is a summer student at the City of Hope and works in the Department of Pathology.
|Jessica Wang submitted this composite photo of to CIRM's Instagram #CIRMStemCellLab collection. She was also responsible for our recent featured photo|
That was my first taste of learning what research would be like. Her fascination with it was infectious; I left that night wondering how well of a fit I’d be in this practice. I’d never really been much of a “science person”; I never really tried to have fun with it. But she made research sound like fun and something I could see myself pursue.
This summer I’ve landed in good fortune. I’m currently at the City of Hope as a summer student in the Eugene and Ruth Roberts Summer Academy. Research is not what I expected it to be, in more ways than one. In the few weeks that I have been here, I have learned not just about transposable elements and their theorized involvement in tumorigenesis, but also about stretching my own limits. Most importantly, as obvious as it seems, I have realized that all great treatments and cures come from the tireless hours that dedicated scientists, many like the ones I have met in the past few weeks, pour into their work. There’s always something about being directly involved in the process that is more eye opening than reading or hearing about it a hundred times.
Research is a lifestyle. One that I’m still unsure of whether or not I want to adopt, but one that I am certain that I have plenty to learn from in the time that I am here.