I had thought I would find my home six thousand miles around the world when really it was two feet in front of me. Although I did not realize at the time, growing up in a Chinese household and living in an American society had created a gap in my self-identity. I had thought birthplace determined nationality, but in reality, nationality comes from personal beliefs and perceptions. I understand that no matter how hard everyone tries, there will always be discrimination against those who are different. However, I would rather deal with these difficult issues than to eradicate the circumstances that create them by effacing uniqueness.
Paying tribute to the incredible research being carried out at Penn, I look forward to taking full advantage of the resources and adding my own research in reverse engineering the human brain through a mixture of computer and cognitive science. The ground-breaking investigations in robotics at the GRASP (General Robotics, Automation, Sensing and Perception) facility at Penn is astounding, especially in its role as an affiliate for a cognitive sciences institute, and I hope to become a part of this community of tech developers. With my experiences in these fields, I intend to facilitate cross-talks between faculty and students as together we attempt to unravel the mysteries of human consciousness.