Akintobi "Irvin" Akinseye

Hometown: Frisco, TX

high school: Frisco High School

college: Brown University

MAJOR: Neuroscience

Born in Brooklyn, New York to Nigerian immigrants, I have always had a lot expected of me, not only from my parents but also by myself. As the first son, I grew up a leader and considered myself the man of the house whenever my father was not around. My parents always stressed the importance of education and the many benefits that come with excelling in school. I moved to Frisco, Texas, a suburb just north of Dallas at age nine and have lived there ever since. Even in elementary school, my teachers considered me a very bright child. I was encouraged to take the most challenging classes, and placed in the Gifted and Talented program at my school.  

From a young age, I have always been a very curious individual. Whether it was learning how the brain worked or how TVs produced such vivid images, I always wanted to know the how and why. This attribute has been key throughout my education. Instead of learning topics in school for grades, I learned them out of pure interest. As I grew older, I developed a love for mathematics and science. In 9th grade I competed in the statewide Mathematics and Science competition and placed 4th out of hundreds of competitors. In high school, I enjoyed not only seizing the opportunities placed in front of me, but also going out to look for opportunities on my own. During my junior year, I was able to receive a research internship at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center with the STARS program, where I performed graduate level research for an entire summer and presented my work to the UT Southwestern Community and to students at my school. In that same year, I was also selected to participate in a Pathology Research Internship at Texas Tech University. I worked with professors around the school to delve into the science of pathogens.

Community service and school involvement have also always been passions of mine. I have held several officer positions at my school, such as Treasurer of the Health Occupation Students of America, Secretary of the Business Professionals of America, and Vice President of the National Technical Honors Society. As part of the National Honors Society, I have been able to get involved in service not only in my school, but also around my community. I have volunteered at my local Centennial Medical Center, Prairie Estates Nursing Home, and the Frisco Fire Station. Because of my work at the hospital and nursing home, I realized I had a deep passion for helping and caring for people. I see no better way to harness this passion than becoming a doctor.

As I move forward into the future, I am hoping to become a physician who works with an underserved patient population, and possibly one day create my own practice. In college, I am hoping to major in neuroscience and follow a pre-med track to reach my goals.

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