Hello, my name is Travis Tran, and I am currently a junior at the Massachusetts Academy of Math and Science at WPI (MAMS). Before MAMS, my sending school was the Advanced Math and Science Academy (AMSA), a charter school located in Marlboro. I have lived in Marlboro my entire life with my brother, my mom, my dad, and my husky, Kirby. I was born here in MA, but both of my parents are Vietnamese and immigrated here due to the Vietnam War. That has always been one of the reasons why I strive to achieve and maintain high academic standards for myself. Hearing the stories of my father working three jobs and going to college at the same time while being alone in a foreign country motivates me to make him proud. I consider myself to be a hard-working, perseverant, easy-going, and curious scholar. These qualities have led me to seek a higher education experience at MAMS and later on at university.
Outside of traditional school, I enjoy hanging out with my friends, going to the gym, playing video games, skiing/snowboarding, playing with my dog, and following the Boston sports teams. I am a huge Patriots and Celtics fan and enjoy going to games. I follow the NFL and NBA a lot and do fantasy leagues with my friends. In the summer of 2022, I spent two weeks taking a bioinformatics course at Harvard University. I slept in the dorms there and had an incredible experience meeting and learning with people from around the world. In the future I hope to do another program like this, or maybe an internship, to continue to learn new things, meet new people, and come across new experiences. Similar to the reasons I spent two weeks at Harvard, I enjoy traveling the world and I am extremely grateful that I am able to with my family. I enjoy going to other places and experiencing new cultures, new adventures, new people, and the great things that this world has to offer.
I have also done a lot of community service through clubs at AMSA and have received awards for doing so. I really enjoy giving back to the community and it gives me a feeling that nothing else can. One Thanksgiving, I made a Turkey in the morning for a food shelter and the smiles on the people’s faces were amazing to see. This enjoyment of community service prompted me to apply and qualify for AMSA’s NHS chapter. At AMSA, I also participated in student government and math team, earning multiple rewards in that regard. During my time on the AMSA math team, I was elected captain as a sophomore and qualified for JMO. I was also AMSA’s leading scorer both years I was a part of the high school team (WOCOMOL). As a member of student government, I helped to organize school-wide events like homecoming and communicated the student body’s needs to the administration. All in all, I was an active and engaged part of the community. Here at MAMS, I am a part of its math team and CAD club.
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