At some point in life everyone faces adversity. Adversity comes in all shapes and sizes and produces differing effects in each person. What can a person do when life has given them lemons, metaphorically speaking? In this oral presentation, I explore this question and how I have dealt with this in the context of being born with a rare genetic disorder known as Turners Syndrome. Girls with Turners Syndrome statistically have high rates of depression. With that fact in mind, my analysis explores what makes girls with Turners Syndrome who suffer from depression distinct from those who do not. I am of the latter category, and my aim through this presentation is not only to educate about the basics of what Turners Syndrome actually is but to present how it is that I ended up in that latter category. What I have discovered is that, although facing adversity may be inevitable, what one chooses to do with the lemons is what really counts.
Aubrey Kohl, ’17
Sponsors: Ian Ely-Cate & Craig Tepper