I think I have really developed as a person throughout this semester. The main way has been my independence and self-reliance. Before college, I always did things with another person; whether it was my mom or my boyfriend, someone was always with me, from going to the mall, grocery shopping, getting food, etc. Transitioning to adulthood and college life has made me less reliant on other people and more on myself, out of necessity. I haven’t really made any real friends yet, and my boyfriend is in Mississippi on military orders, so I don’t have my metaphorical safety blanket to rely on. It might sound sad to you, but if you recall the saying “you need to love yourself first before you start loving other people”, you’ll understand what I feel a little better. I strongly feel like I need to work on myself and have a better state of mental health before I can be outgoing and make friends. This has pushed me to be more independent and self-driven. If I want to do something, and I feel safe doing so, I will go out and do it, by myself. When I lived at home, I doubt I would ever do that. In a sense, it feels kind of freeing, but on the other hand, I’m sure I look kind of sad to other people. I guess the next thing to work on is trying not to care what people think of me.
Two weekends ago, I volunteered with STEM Outreach at Super Stem Saturday at Worthington Mall. Although I had no clue what I was doing, it was easy to pick up knowledge about the miniature electrical engineering projects we had to show kids.
My favorite one was the “jumping jack”, where two pieces of copper wire and a battery were used to create a magnet with two pieces being the same polarity, causing one piece of the copper wire to jump off!
I have social anxiety and children don’t help it, but I tried my best to explain how things worked. It was a good use of a rainy Saturday and it was nice seeing young kids being interested in STEM related things.
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I think one of the most important things that has happened to me so far is my realization that I don’t like my major — and that’s okay. In my chemistry class, I vary between complete disinterest and confusion, so I have decided to explore other options. I have really been enjoying my engineering class and my precalculus class, so I have been looking for a major that better suits my interests. So far, CSE (Computer science engineering) has been on the top of my mind. When I was a kid, I had a blog of a sort that I wrote HTML for the pages, and I played a game that you could create games with Lua script. I have also been enjoying writing MATLAB code. I know that I am probably really uninformed about this major, but as far as I know, as long as I stay in the engineering field, most of my classes will transfer over, so I could also change my major again if I really don’t like it.
Hi! My name is Emily Breitbach. I am from Norwalk, Ohio. Norwalk is about 20 minutes south of Cedar Point, and halfway between Toledo and Cleveland. I went to Norwalk High School, where I graduated with about 250 other classmates in 2018. In high school, I was involved with marching band, wind ensemble, and orchestra, in which I played trumpet. I also play the piano, and I love baking and my cat Mo. I have also been a barista for about one and a half years, at both Dunkin’ Donuts and Starbucks.
There’s a tradition in my family where one member of each generation becomes a teacher. My great-grandmother was a teacher, my grandmother was a teacher, and my mother was a teacher. Thankfully, my brother took the hit for me and became a English Education major. Good thing, because I have always liked science. At the moment, my major is Chemical Engineering, but I am most likely going to change it to Computer Science and Engineering (CSE). I joined STEM Exploration and Engagement because I really would like to explore what major is the best fit for me, and what I can do to change the world (hopefully, for the better).
I hope to get active in clubs that connect my interests to my love of science and further down the road, I hope to earn an internship.