Shainu - Brooklyn Technical HS Ambassador
My experience with the SPEAK program has been quite exciting. Once I received approval for my club at school, I had to focus on the club fair and executive board positions for the club. Many students were interested, but I turned them down. I was looking for leadership qualities that stood out and would help in the long run. I narrowed down the candidate list to four girls, including myself. The first informational meeting for SPEAK is next week and I hope it will be successful. Approximately, thirty kids signed up, but I do not know how many will attend at the first meeting.
Despite these challenges, I am still excited to get paired up with a mentor and explore the different career opportunities.
I was born and raised in New York City. Both my parents immigrated from Sri Lanka in 1992. I went to high school in Queens and now attend college in Manhattan. I am currently pursuing a degree in biochemistry. This requires taking many hard science classes. It is challenging but, at the same time, interesting.
In my last year of high school, I learned about the field of Forensic Science while watching a TV show called “48 hour Mystery”. It really caught my attention. I liked the combination of law and science as a job. It highly interested me when I learned about solving crimes through science. The job in particular that caught my attention is forensic pathologist, or medical examiner. They are doctors who find the cause of death of a person by doing an autopsy. I started researching into it, read numerous books and articles. I learned about the duties of a medical examiner and the job itself interested me even more. I am highly fascinated by the human body.
I was born in a small town in Michigan, to a middle class Indian family. My sisters and I had a pretty balanced upbringing. We attended karate classes and learned French and violin, where we were the only non-white students in our private school, while also attending bharatnatyam classes and being part of a small, but active Indian community.
I always saw myself as a doctor. I think my parents had something to do with this, since both of my younger sisters also became physicians. While they never came outright and said, “you have to become a doctor”, we had many family friends who were physicians, and I could sense the respect that my parents had for them. I was also exposed to medicine at an early age by accompanying my parents, who also worked in the hospital, though were not physicians.