Lessons from a High School Student: Motivation + Perseverance = Success

This young lady has a marvelous, bright future in cancer research. I have a feeling that the world will be a better place, due to her future scientific findings.

NIH Director's Blog

Emily Ashkin Video

It may surprise you to learn that the poised young woman featured in this video was a sophomore in high school at the time the film was made. Today, Emily Ashkin is a high school senior with impressive laboratory experience and science awards to her name.  As it happens, she’s also introducing me when I deliver a keynote address at the Melanoma Research Alliance’s annual scientific meeting — today, here in Washington, D.C.

What struck me most when I heard Emily’s story was her fearlessness. When mentoring young students, helping some to believe in themselves can be a real challenge. Not Emily. She faces her challenges by seeking solutions, asking—as she does in the video—“Why can’t that be me?”

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2 responses to “Lessons from a High School Student: Motivation + Perseverance = Success

  1. It always amazes me someone of her age has it all together and knows what they want for their future. Bravo!

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  2. She is one of the lucky ones. So many young people don’t know what to do with the rest of their lives, and they flounder. Some are fortunate that their “floundering” winds up with the right path.

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