BTE Student Stories

Student Ambassador Jaisuan Martinez

Jaisuan is from Bound Brook, New Jersey in the United States. He traveled to Lisbon, Portugal to represent his community as a Student Ambassador at ABTS 2018, where he earned a digital badge in Intercultural Fluency. He also, along with his team, won the Student Ambassador Challenge, in which student teams competed to create engaging STEM2D demonstrations. Here’s what he had to say about BTE and ABTS:

My Favorite BTE memory is…

My favorite BTE memory was when my location went to Camp Bernie. I was challenged mentally and physically when we did teambuilding activities, and I feel as if it brought me closer to my peers. I also got to know my mentors a little better. A constant want is to have a better connection with our mentors and hopefully we worked out these flaws.

To me, BTE has meant…

To me, BTE has been a resource to help me better my future. It has opened my mind more on the medical industry, and way more to the STEM fields.

The most important thing I will take away from BTE is…

The most important thing I will take away from BTE is the lifelong friendships I’ve made, and the experience I’ve gotten from Johnson & Johnson trips. Another very important thing I will take away is the various networking opportunities. I have gotten to know many people who can help push me through a successful life.

I wanted to come to ABTS because…

I was interested in attending the ABTS because I believed I could benefit from the program as much as the program could benefit from what I have to offer. I believed I could support others through my strong communication skills, love of public speaking, and ability to organize. I am a person born of many cultures and I love to learn more about others, so I felt as if I will gain knowledge meeting with other scholars that come from different cultural backgrounds that have the same goal as me.

Thanks to my time in BTE and at ABTS, in the future I will…

Thanks to my time in BTE and at ABTS, in the future I will definitely try to help organize programs like these to help more students. In the future, I will have friends I have made connections with through the days of ABTS in Portugal. I hope to one day contribute to BTE and ABTS, in a similar way that they have contributed to my life.


We are proud to award Jaisuan a digital badge in Intercultural Fluency for his work at ABTS 2018. He showed improvement in skills allowing one to work with people from other cultures. These are:

  1. Show Curiosity
  2. Recognize and challenge one’s own cultural biases
  3. Appreciate Diverse Perspectives
  4. Demonstrate Self Awareness