By: Margarita Baxter
Photos are taken by Lindsey Michelle Williams, www.LindseyMichelleWilliams.com
ScholarJet is a platform that brought to life a concept of action based scholarships. It means that students are asked to create and submit an interactive project (find a technical solution, record a video, and etc.), instead of writing a boring essay. Projects are reviewed by organizations that help finance winners’ education.
The Gaisce Group sponsored the Health First Scholarship Challenge, during which participants were required to create a 2-minute video about a health-related issue and then translate it to a different language.
The winner of the challenge - Melody Li - made a great video about the correlation between aMediterranean Diet and dementia in English and Chinese.
We had a pleasure of interviewing Melody.
The Gaisce Group (TGG): What is your background?
Melody Li (ML): Hi! I’m seventeen, almost eighteen! I’m in my senior year at Boston Latin
School. I was born in California (Cali girl! Well not really since I moved to Boston in third grade).
I love science, trying new things, and meeting new people. I am also a bit of a bookworm.
TGG: What colleges are you planning to apply to and what majors? Why?
ML: I’m planning to apply to Brown University, UMass Amherst, UMass Boston, Northeastern University, Boston University, Boston College, Emory University, Lafayette College, and Davidson College. I’m applying as a Biology major because I am really interested in organisms and human health and how everything works together in the body.
TGG: What was your initial inspiration behind this submission?
ML: My inspiration behind this submission was to find a topic that merges the brain with
nutrition and food. I have always been fascinated by the brain and how it works and I
happened to be learning about nutrition in my Biology II class, which I found very interesting and applicable to everyone.
TGG: You did quite an extensive research on dementia to prepare your scholarship submission. What made you interested in learning more about it?
ML: I was interested in learning more about dementia because of its correlation with the brain and mental health. Dementia and Alzheimer’s is something that affects many people, so I wanted to learn more about the symptoms and ways to change one’s lifestyle in order to prevent it.
TGG: Are there any other health issues you are passionate about and what to help with?
ML: Besides the brain and psychology, something that really interests me is cancer. Cancer affects so many people and takes so many lives that I would love to learn more about the different types of cancers and things to change to lower the risk.
TGG: What do you think made your submission a winner? Why did it stand out?
ML: I think that my video stood out due to the format of the video with how it was using
animations. I felt that it was really clean and organized and one could see the passion I had for the topic through my video.
TGG: Did you just happen to be good at video making? Is it one of your hobbies?
ML: I’m actually not that good at making videos. There are so many things that I don’t know how to do, but I find video making really fun and I am actually planning to start up a YouTube channel soon.
TGG: How do you see yourself in 10 years?
ML: In ten years I see myself in a surgical or oncology residency. Hopefully, I would have
traveled some parts of the world already, published a book, still be a YouTuber, and most importantly am happy. Have a nice day for all those reading and I’ll leave this interview with my senior yearbook quote: “Don’t let the Muggles get you down.” -Ron Weasley, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban