T Brain Bee Contest: A Short Story

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A year ago, I would have laughed in your face if you told me I would be founding a school club. A year ago, I wouldn’t even have known where to begin–but eight months ago, everything changed. That was the moment I decided to start NeuroSci Club, based on my own experiences at the U of T Brain Bee Contest. I and two other friends were the only ones to attend from our school, and I realized that there was a great opportunity right under our noses. Why not start a club to encourage and prepare other RHHS students to compete? And so I did, inviting my two friends, who had attended the contest with me, to run the club with me as well. It was not easy. We had to go through the administration, find a supervisor, and file an official club request.…show more content…
Sure, it wasn’t easy trying to learn about action potential and then mold that knowledge into an engaging lesson and activity. But it wasn’t just me–it was my friends, too. Sasha was an expert on the senses, so those lessons went to her. Sabrina had a knack for memorization, so anatomy was her deal. Collaboration let us play to each other’s strengths, stay motivated, and decrease the workload. Now, every week, I have the personal gratification of seeing club members curious and learning, as well as the satisfaction–as a team–that our work together has created something real, lasting, and impactful to others, as well as to ourselves.
Despite the paperwork and logistics that come with running a club, it’s nothing compared to the happiness I derive from NeuroSci. That I have built something lasting at my school, and that younger students now look up to me as an authority figure is amazing. For every newsletter I have to send, I get to see the little numbers say: “34 clicks”. For every frustrated rant I spew out, are two more friends who cheer me up and offer to help. Running a club is no easy feat, but my club members and friends make it worth it; they remind me why I started in the first
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