Ruth Mariko Taketa

Family: Carol Sato (mother) and Jonathan Taketa (brother)

High School: Roosevelt High School, 2011

College/Degree/Year: University of Hawai‘i at Mänoa, bachelor’s degree in biochemistry, 2016.

“What does kokoro mean to you?”

“Kokoro is the careful balance of the heart, mind, and spirit. I think of kokoro as a combination of each characteristic as a whole. I constantly struggle to find an equilibrium to make the correct choices based off what I feel is right. Kokoro is what drives my passion to continue my education. I eventually want to pursue a career in the medical field and give back to the community through research. It is what led me to step out of my comfort zone and I’m so thankful for this experience.”

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