Nick Su

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HometownLanzhou, China
UniversityUniversity of Illinois
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Hey guys, thanks for visiting my profile! My name is Nick Zhaoyuan Su and I was born and raised in a small town called Lanzhou in China. I moved to Rhode Island when I was 14 years old and graduated from Bishop Hendricken High School in Warwick. Currently, I’m a sophomore studying Architecture at University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. In high school, I played tennis and sang in choir for all four years. Right now, I’m a research assistant in the Cascade Cognitive Computations and Social Dynamics Lab, an active member of professional fraternity Alpha Rho Chi, the vice president of American Institute of Architecture Student at Illinois and Visual Lead of Illini 4000. I also volunteer at Illinois MakerLab where I teach people 3D design and 3D printing. After graduating from UIUC, I plan to attend graduate school study Human Computer Interaction, and hope to work as a User Interface or User Experience designer. I love everything outdoor, especially biking, hiking, and kayaking. I am really looking forward to this trip across the country with my team. I am thankful for the opportunity to be a part of this team and all that it stands for!

Personal Statement

Everyone has been affected by cancer in some way. Fortunately, none of my family are affected by canceer. This past summer, a really close friend of my grandma passed away 2 months after she was diagnosed stomach cancer and that's when I realize how terrible cancer is. There are millions of cancer victims slowly and painfully consumed by cancer for months and years.The battle between human beings and cancer diseases lasted for centuries and scientists are still striving hard to find the best solution to kill cancer. The reason I give up an internship to do this trip is I want to do as much as I can to support both cancer patients and cancer researches. I believe that the best encouragement and inspirations to people come from the stories of people. I’m looking forward to record the stories from people we meet along the way from east coast to west coast and to help build the network which connects people both directly or indirectly affected by cancer. Obstacles are many, for us riders, for cancer patients and for the researchers, but we could get through the hard time if we hold our hands together. We need your support and we appreciate every contribution you make! Thank you again for visting my profile!