I am currently an undergraduate student studying Neurobiology and Philosophy at the University of Washington. My future goals are pointed toward medical school.
I began playing piano when I was ten years old. In high school, I faced the arduous challenge of trying to juggle both swim practices and piano lessons. It was difficult trying to balance the two; during one piano lesson, I almost dozed off in front of my teacher. Piano was a chore, but I started to find new meaning in music during my senior year of high school. I was reading an emotionally touching novel called “The Time Traveler’s Wife.” I think it was the first time I had ever cried while reading a novel, and, at the same time, I was playing Chopin's Nocturne in C Sharp Minor. When I melded the two together, visualizing the scenes from the book while I played the piano, I started to realize how powerful music could be in expressing ideas. From then on, I have been able to express my emotions through music, connecting music to books, or to the ups and downs of daily life. Now, I look forward to playing piano because each piece of music is a blank slate, waiting for me to project my emotions and interpretations into sound.