Student spotlight

Hannah Le.

Hannah moved from Vietnam to Canada when she was 16 years old. She joined TKS when she was in Grade 12 and found her passion in genomics and artificial intelligence.

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The biggest inventions that changed human history all started with asking questions that challenged the standards set by society."
Hannah Le

My Story

Growing up with a deaf cousin in Vietnam who had to drop out of school at age 10, as a 13-year-old girl I felt an urge to do something. I just didn’t know what. Soon after moving to Canada by myself at age 16, I joined The Knowledge Society. I was introduced to genetic engineering and fell in love with its ability to cure diseases. Using CRISPR, a novel genetic engineering tool, I was able to reverse aging in fruit flies and developed simulations to precisely target cancer cells. I’ve interned as the youngest member at leading research labs at the University of Toronto, and have spoken along the President of Microsoft Canada at leading conferences like Microsoft Inspire, Microsoft Connected Learning, and more. I aspire to leverage technologies like genetic engineering, regenerative medicine, and A.I. to help increase both human lifespan and healthspan.
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At TKS, you’re not competing, you’re collaborating with others to not only learn, but also to apply what you’ve learned to solve real world problems."
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How has TKS impacted me?

TKS has completely changed the trajectory of my life. It gave me the mentorship, knowledge and mindset required to turn my urge of wanting to do something big as a kid to a reality in the next 10 - 20 years. Surrounded with smart, driven young people who share the same ambition, I’m inspired to continuously learn and improve myself on a daily basis. By pushing myself to execute complex concepts, learn advanced concepts and seek our mentorship from the world’s experts, I’ve grown into a much more confident person who believes that she can have the capability to impact the world.

How is TKS different from other programs?

TKS is my second home: It nurtures you to grow internally, develop your passion, reflect on what makes you happy and how to design a lifestyle that enables you to strive towards your full potential. You’re preparing yourself to develop a vision that you’re passionate about through a process of internal self-discovery to create long-lasting, external impact on the world.

Advice I would have given to myself before I joined TKS:

Don’t limit yourself and conform to social expectations. Oftentimes, we project our tiny vision to the world and decide what we want to become based on the popular role models that we see, whether it’s becoming a doctor, lawyer, consultant, and more. But you have to remember that being a 15-year-old student, it is probably not wise to decide what you’ll become in the next 80% of your life from the first 20% of your life. And it’s important to be radically open-minded, question yourself on what you might become and test those hypothesis. You gotta challenge and stretch yourself to your limits: If there’s no pain, there’s no gain, and you’ll fall into the path that’s not necessarily your own.
To make progress in understanding, we must remain modest and allow that we do not know.
Richard Feynman
My favorite quote
You must assume that there are possibilities out there, both about yourself and about the world, that you have yet seen.
Hannah Le

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