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    • Hi Victoria, thanks for asking this question! I struggled with test taking and anxiety in school, but my biology teacher took me aside after I failed the midterm and said, "I don't think this score reflects your knowledge"- we then proceeded to have a casual conversation about the topics on the test and afterwards she crossed out the F and wrote A-, saying "this is a score that reflects your understanding of these topics". It was like this massive weight came off of me- I WAS good at this! After that I interned at Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute in a genetics lab throughout the rest of high school and from there I just kept learning and growing in the field. It is such a perfect marriage of two of my passions- mathematics and human health.