Like many ignorant humans before me, I wasted my most neurologically plastic years playing with stupid toys, complaining about food, and fighting with my brother.
My elementary schooling was adequate. I only had to see the school psychiatrist for suspected mental retardation once. My middle school was alternative and quite stimulating, stressing the 7 multiple intelligences that different people possess. My high school program was for gifted students, stressing that only one of these intelligences will give you the opportunity for a reasonable public education.
I went to the University of Toronto for undergrad and specialized in biophyics (read: all the sciences, not actually specializing), and finally realized I wasn't ashamed of being a nerd.
After my second year I took a summer research job with Dr. Jeffrey Siewerdsen in imaging science and was hooked. From 2005 to 2009 I did research involving task-based analysis of image quality: experimentally through human observer performance evaluation and theoretically through cascaded systems analysis of Fourier-based image quality metrics. This work culminated in studying tradeoffs between quantum noise and anatomical variabilty inherent in 3D tomosynthesis and cone-beam CT sampling techniques.
Finally, after an incredible amount of indecision, I arrived here at Hopkins (everybody at Hopkins uses the phrase "here at Hopkins" for some reason) and settled into CIS. I spent a year in medical school, learning the names of all the stuff people are made of, all the ways they break, and becoming a hypochondriac.