Chris Seu wants to be an endocrinologist.
That’s a doctor who diagnoses and treats hormone problems and the complications that arise from them.
As an endocrinologist, Chris wants to help people with medical conditions that can make them anxious, even heartbroken. Chris knows. An endocrinologist helped him during one of those most emotional moments of his young life.
Chris is now on the other side of that emotional moment. He’s a transgender teenager, a young Korean American who graduated second in his class of 31 at Penn-Griffin School for the Arts in High Point and will attend UNC-Chapel Hill this fall to major in biology.
He will have surgery this summer to help complete his transition. For the first time in his life, he feels comfortable with who he is.
At Penn-Griffin, Chris discovered his artistic talent through his guitar and his innate leadership through the clubs and organizations he joined.
As a freshman, he was president of student government, and as a sophomore, he was vice president. He went on to become vice president of the school’s Unity Club, which brings awareness to lesbian, gay, bisexual, asexual and transgender issues on campus.
In his own quiet way, teachers say Chris has inspired both students and staff.
They also inspired him. That includes his parents.
“Without their support, it would not have meant anything,” he says. “I could’ve started everything at 18 and not needed my parents’ permission. But with my family and my friends saying, ‘I’m OK with you’ made me feel accepted, understood and loved.”