Aramis Khorchidian is a high school student at the International School of Geneva (also known as Ecolint). Beginning his senior year in just a few days, Aramis plans to attend college in pursuit of a career in the biotechnology field. Aramis is a highly motivated, inquisitive young mind passionate about one day progressing the threshold of perception and discovery within his field.
Here, Aramis answers several questions pertaining to his daily routine, his interest in biotechnology, and his ambitious vision for his future.
Q: How do you structure your schedule during a typical school or work day?
A: “I usually like to wake up early if I can — I am someone who functions very poorly on low sleep. I try to wake up around 6:00 or 6:30 and I have a typical morning ritual I go through. I am a very habitual creature. Then I get on to work. I have a little schedule that I have made myself for work during the summer and then a different one during school hours. I’ll try to squeeze in physical exercise and practicing my violin. Between that it’s just work.”
Q: What are some of your main motivating factors?
A: “I am very intrinsically motivated, meaning that I am motivated by the idea of where I want to go. I have a clear ambition and a clear goal, somewhere I want to be in the next ten or twenty years. That keeps me motivated: the idea of making my mark and finding my niche in the biotech industry.”
Q: Speaking of biotech, what initially got you interested in that field?
A: “Biology class fostered my interest, but then I zoomed in on biotech and decided that I was inspired and motivated to enter biotech and possibly gene therapy and genetic engineering. I read this book by George Church called “Regenesis.” (Church) is a pretty famous headliner in biotech and gene therapy and most scientists know his name because he’s very controversial, yet he’s an innovator — he’s on the front lines. When I read his book, he painted this world about producing materials with synthetic biology materials. He integrated material science and talked about the political and social implications of that. He also talked about manipulating and pushing forward evolution — people kind of compare him to Darwin. The world he painted was fantastical, yet achievable, and that really inspired me. We are capable as humans to make these things happen; it’s in our reach. We just need the right thinkers and resources to make them reality.”
Q: What type of career do you hope to pursue in biotech, and what are your biggest goals and aspirations within this position?
A: “I want to be at the frontier of (biotech). My ultimate goal is to make the interface between capital management and R&D fluid because the more I read about biotech, the more I find that successful companies of the future have a pipeline that is liquid and it’s facilitated by a really strong communication and relationship between capital management and research. Then you have middlemen who have a good knowledge of both. I want to be that biotech entrepreneur of the future who is able to integrate a comprehensive, working knowledge of research, but also good capital management expertise, and (I want to be) able to create a company that can bring products to market profitably and effectively.”
Q: In broader terms, and with your ambitious future plans in mind, what would you say is the biggest contributing factor to one’s success? Your own success?
A: “I think it’s a lot of learning as you go. I believe, at my level in the student world about to enter the professional world, it’s all about balancing academic experiences with real-life application. Education is extremely important in giving you the tools to be successful, but once you have it, it is not just a free ticket to the top. You still have to work at it and put a hustle into everything you do. Education is fundamental, but I think if you are able to balance real-life application of the tools you gain through education at a high school or university level, then you are set. (That approach) will make me the full package and I’ll have the experience to put my skills to use for a company or for whatever career I enter when I enter the professional world.”