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At my core, I am fueled by my indomitable passion for science and service. I fully believe that through chemistry and community service, I can help build the next generation of engineers, reactors, and catalysts that can lead us to a sustainable future.

My own life story motivates me to pursue this future. I was born legally blind, stricken with a pair of eye defects that severely limit one’s vision. However, after many prayers, surgeries and therapeutic procedures, the miracle that is my vision enables and encourages me to do my best in everything I do. My journey to gaining my eyesight enforces my vision for a better world, and it serves as the foundation of my belief that today is the right day to make a difference in someone else’s life.

My upbringing in Charlotte, North Carolina, showed me time and time again that our God-given purpose in life is to help others in whatever way we can. My mother always told my brother and I, "You are living someone else's dream. Make the most of it." My father always encouraged us to reach and surpass our potential, and we believed we could do anything if we put our minds to it. Regardless of whatever stage of life one finds themselves, no one is too young, too inexperienced, or too busy to help someone else.

My vision is a testament that our circumstances do not define our destinies; we do.

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