As a girl in Taiwan, I was a bit of a dreamer. I loved literature and I thought I might become a writer.
But my sister encouraged me to pursue science. She went to the U.S. to get her PhD. in physics. I wasn't sure about going to the U.S. or science actually, but my mother also thought it would be a good idea for me to follow in her footsteps. So I came to Temple University in Philadelphia in my early 20s to study biophysics.
Not long after that, maybe 18 months, I had a huge wake-up call. My mother passed away. We were all so profoundly sad, and at first I thought maybe I should go back to Taiwan. Then, I realized that it was time for me to grow up. I was the youngest daughter of the family but I wanted to make some decisions of my own.