- MAJOR: Civil Engineering
- COLLEGE: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
If I were to sum up my high school experience, it would be through the lens of searching for my identity.
I used to think that every young boy also fantasized about being a girl. Or also felt jealous when their sister's friends came over and could never explain why. It took me 14 years to discover that there was a word to describe how I felt. And it took me two more years to finally tell my parents.
I endured middle school fully closeted. The one trans boy in my class got bullied ruthlessly. I found high school easier when I made my first friend group, all as queer as me.
Quarantine forced me to brave the world and my parents on my own. I taught myself that the only way to live authentically is to not let anyone try to define yourself for you. I control who I am.
I often look back at my old self. At when I bought my first horrendous tie-dye croptop or when I fell in love with a girl who clearly did not see me as one. But I accept that those selves were myself, and I can be proud of myself today because of them.”
Maeve Chen was president of the Science Olympiad team and the American Society of Civil Engineers chapter at Tech, and helped renovate a community garden near the school.
Now studying civil engineering at MIT on a full scholarship, Maeve says, “I intend to work in construction and I hope my work will take me around the world and help me serve the public.”
I intend to work in construction and I hope my work will take me around the world and help me serve the public.
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