Picture 1: I had a relaxing day with friends during the middle of the semester. We went to Kingmakers, which is a board game shop where friends can play games all day long while drinking various beverages.

Picture 2: I started volunteering with an organization called ‘Guiding Eyes for the Blind’ where we train puppies to be guide dogs.

Picture 3: I joined a competitive dance team called ‘Buckeye Fusion’, and it is my way of dealing with physical activity and stress relief.

I have a clear understanding that if I do not get into medical school, my plan B is to go into research. I changed my major from biomedical engineering to molecular genetics. Molecular genetics cancer research interests me because it discusses how DNA plays a part in cancer, how mutations occur, etc. My secondary major would be biochemistry since molecular genetics has similar topics crossed over with biochemistry, like organic chemistry and anatomy. I can utilize campus and internet resources to look for job opportunities and internships in molecular genetics using the department of molecular genetics webpage and research organization websites.

My plan to stay healthy and well while balancing academics and social commitments is by continuing my passion for dance. My staying with Buckeye Fusion, there is a total of 7 hours of physical activity a week. I will be able to stick to it since the scheduled practices are late at night, and the competitions are on the weekends during second semester.

In order for me to stay on my plan A track, I can schedule appointments with professors, upperclassmen, and counselors in order to determine the next step in my journey, every step of the way. I can ask them for advice on how to study for certain classes or how to prepare for exams.