I started research during the summer of my freshmen year in UCSB. The program is called SIMS (Summer Institute of Math and Science). During my senior year in high school, I received an email asking if I’m interested in applying in this program. I looked up the requirements that I have to meet and the benefits they are offering in return. I was really interested right away because I could live in UCSB for two weeks for free while also trying something new such as research. As a result, I applied and got accepted. Afterwards, we have to pick a topic we would like to work on, and transdermal drug delivery supervised by Professor Samir Mitragotri of Chemical Engineering caught my attention. Since then, I’ve gotten really interested in research relating to medicine and pharmaceuticals. I wanted to continue research because of the new skills and knowledge that I learn other than the things I learn in my classes. Research is challenging at times because it takes a lot of patience to get acceptable results. However, it is very worthwhile and exciting when you get the results that you wanted because what you are doing hasn’t been done by anybody else. You are just doing it out of your own capabilities and potential.