I was born to be a scientist.
From a young age, I wanted to discover, understand, and change the world. I picked up turtles to examine the patterns on their shells, and drew giant Pascal triangles on graph paper. By the time I was 10, I knew two computer languages. Sadly, I was the only girl at the computer science camp I went to the summer after fifth grade, and I felt left out and belittled by the boys. The experience pushed me out of a scientific discipline I loved. But I didn’t give up the dream, instead pursuing a career in biology.