My name is Ronnie, and I was born in Qingdao, China, a place that’s often known only by the people who drink Tsingtao Beer, and I moved to America within a few years of being born. I’ve lived on Long Island, New York all my life, starting from Elmont, then moving to Valley Stream and finally Great Neck. I'm in Atlanta, Georgia now pursuing my Ph.D.
I’m an alumnus of Brown University with a B.S. in Neuroscience; I'm now a Ph.D. Candidate in Neuroscience at Emory University. I like to learn a lot from experience, and my bygone college career still continues to shape my perception of diligence and success. I firmly believe that “success is 99% perspiration,” and I concede the rest to good fortune and opportunity. My lifelong goal is simply to leave a footprint on the world and to be remembered for my actions. I’m not much for giving up, but that’s because I’ve learned the lesson the hard way.
For those of you who have never met me, the “hard way” is through family tragedy and my Tourette’s. I lost my mother at the age of nine, and despite having an incredibly loving stepmother I gladly call “Mom,” the initial loss of my birth mother was traumatic. On top of that, I have a neurological condition called Tourette Syndrome that causes me to make uncontrollable body movements and incomprehensible sounds. You can probably imagine that this caused tension within my family, but at this stage, I’m proud to say that it has shaped my life. My condition has made me direct my dreams away from maintaining a stable job or making money and to the more abstract, yet fulfilling dream of helping others. I want my footprint on the world to be an altruistic, nourishing one.
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