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Divya - YSC Opening Blog

Hi Everybody!

I haven’t been posting blogs for a while because I was in Duke TIP at North Carolina taking a course on Modern Medicine. It was a lot of fun, but now I’m really excited to start working on my invention for YSC.

I heard about YSC from my gifted class Science teacher. She was my mentor for several other science competitions and had suggested that I participate in YSC too.

After learning more about this competition, it seemed like a lot of fun coming up with an invention and making a video about it. None of the other science competitions that I participated required a video submission.  It was all about providing details about the project in the form of a written essay.  YSC sounded really interesting!

When I was creating the video, I found out that it wasn’t as easy as I expected it to be. I had to stay up late several nights to finish the work. However, with my determination, and my family’s support, I completed the video.

I was extremely anxious about the result after I submitted my video. However, as it took some time for the results to be announced, this competition had slipped off my mind.  When I finally got the call, my whole family was gathered around the phone and we all listened attentively. Once we heard that I was a finalist in YSC, we were ecstatic.  It took me sometime to soak in the fact that I was one of the 10 finalists in the entire nation! It felt great!

The support of my teachers, friends and family made it possible to get this far.  I hope to enjoy every bit of this journey and I look forward to meeting my mentor and the other finalists this October.

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