I had no intentions to go into research when I started college. In fact, I had no idea what I would be majoring in or what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I chose to focus on my general education requirements for my first semester to figure things out and took a Korean class on a whim for fun.
The course itself was interesting, and through it I met many individuals. One of them in particular was a girl who was quiet and sat on the far opposite corner of the room. Though I did not know it at the time, that girl was Mindy Vo, and she would become my liaison into the world of research and one of my best friends.
Mindy had overheard that I was looking for an on-campus job by chance. She mentioned she researched in marketing and thought I would be a great fit since I had mentioned potentially majoring in marketing or communications.
I was a bit apprehensive at first. I had no background in marketing, and I perceived research assistantships as some prestigious position which required a whole list of qualifications I was yet to have as a mere freshman.
With some further encouragement, I met Dr. Sims for the first time and officially joined the Diverse Student Scholars team in January 2018. Admittedly, I was overwhelmed and lost in the first few weeks with the variety of grant work and literature reviews being thrown around. I learnt after some time though that, just like learning Korean, I just had to start from the beginning and take the journey one step at a time.