BackgroundInterview Date:February 2020
Gender Identity: Male
Race/Ethnicity: Biracial: Indian & White
Sexual Orientation: Gay
Graduation Year: 2022
High School Experience: Private school in Scottsdale, AZ with a graduating class of about 200 students. There was a culture of going to college.
First-Generation College Student: No
Major: Molecular Biology – On the pre-medical track
Extracurricular Activities: I [have a leadership position] in my acapella group, and I do research with a couple of professors. I also volunteer at the local hospital.
Did any of your extracurricular activities have a particularly big impact on your experience?
The acapella group is a huge thing. We go on tour twice a year, once domestically and once internationally. We get paid gigs, so we’re self-funded by that and alumni donations.
How easy was it to get involved in your research?
It was simple to get involved. I walked into my freshman year biology professor’s office and said I wanted to do research on transgender stress among teens and how that affects their biology. They didn’t have any opportunities for that topic, but he was a well-connected guy who got me in touch with people that could help. Princeton has a lot of administrative offices that have been helping me.