Johns Hopkins CARES Summer Programs

Johns Hopkins CARES Summer Programs


[Piano]>>I’m Bidii. So I just graduated from Digital Harbor High School. I’ll be attending Towson University this coming fall. I’m an intern from the CARES program. I’m working in the brain science and we’ve been working on autism spectrum disorder. I’m really excited waking up every morning to come to this job. It’s been really nice,
it’s really awesome.>>Brown: CARES stands for career, academic, and research experiences for students. This is an umbrella for all of the summer research programs around the east Baltimore campus that bring in students from the high school level all the way to the graduate level. We’re offering them a social network and the opportunity to build social capital. Most of them don’t have scientists and medical professionals in their family, so this provides them an opportunity to see the possibilities. Maybe some of them will not become doctors or scientists, but I can assure you this is an experience they will never forget.>>Destiny: Opportunities
with clinical research are valuable because it gives us a chance to see what we’ll be doing in the future. I feel like if more people had the opportunity to do that, it would make way for more people for their dreams to come true.>>Athena: I feel like I’ve been really fortunate with this program because, yes I’ve been spending my summer working nine to five almost for my entire summer, but I’m actually contributing to something that is bigger than me. I’m contributing to scientific research that hopefully in a few years will reach the general public and be mainstream. That’s just a feeling that is really hard to grasp until you get back to school in the fall and you’re talking to your classmates and you’re seeing what they did over the summer and you’re like, “well, I worked at Hopkins,” and, “I did this for this research study,” and it’s just an amazing feeling.>>Franklyn: Doing the day-to-day grind in the lab can definitely be tedious. Early hours, late nights, but when you have a breakthrough it’s definitely exciting and it really makes you feel like what you’re doing is worth it.>>Athenia: The lab atmosphere has been incredible. Everyone here has been so welcoming, but they’ve also each really been willing to teach me and to guide me if I need. I’ve been really lucky to be placed in the lab like this.>>Brown: It’s very transformative to see the students not knowing anything about the topic they’re researching, and then speaking at
the end with authority.>>Robinson: They grow immediately in terms of their grades, and they will go back and they will infect all of their classmates and family members with the enthusiasm and potential that they now feel for themselves.>>Bidii: My parents, they’re very proud of me. My whole family, they’re very proud of me.>>Robinson: You know, science is hard. Science is about trying something, having it fail, keep trying, and having it fail. Maybe if you’re a student who’s coming from a background where you’ve had to struggle may actually benefit you in the longrun in helping to be able to endure.>>Brown: These programs provide a lifeline where they’re able to transcend any of those setbacks.>>Destiny: I didn’t have a traditional upbringing. I was born in my own home, my mom delivered me by herself, and she was just 15 years old when she had me, so a lot of things in my background wouldn’t say particularly that I’m supposed to do what I’m doing right now, but that doesn’t define the success that I can have.>>Brown: Hopkins started out as a very small hospital and really did a wonderful job of extending its message and its reach internationally. It’s really exciting that the focus has returned to the community. [Piano]

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