My second semester at Ohio State has been filled with ups and downs. The biggest down was the death of my uncle in the middle of the semester. It threw me into a pit of depression for about a week. It was difficult focusing on classes and midterms, but I had to pull through for my grades. However, probably a huge upside to my uncle’s death was finding what career I want to pursue. Since my uncle died from pancreatic cancer, I want to pursue a career in cancer research to help change the world for the better. I changed my major to Molecular Genetics and have been doing lots of research about future careers in cancer research. My classes this semester have been harder, but I’ve still pulled through and managed to get pretty nice grades. As my first year of college comes to a close, I like to recap and look at all of the friends I made, all of the clubs I joined, and how I’ve changed as a person. I’m stronger in my faith and in my career choices, and I learned to appreciate the small things in life because you never know when they will disappear.
To me, Global Awareness in the H&S GOALS is defined as contributing to the world’s problems in a way that could help solve them. This semester, I’ve laid out my plan for my Undergraduate career, which involved selecting my career choice and diving into some research to get my feet wet. Original Inquiry is how I plan to develop myself as a scientist during my Undergraduate career. Getting my hand on some research would benefit me very well, but I also plan to get involved in some scientific communities on campus to deepen my knowledge on certain issues in the sciences. Academic Enrichment is how I plan to excel in my academics and prove the world that I’m capable of becoming a scientist. The rigorous coursework I have to take for my Molecular Genetics major will show my aptitude as a scientist. Leadership Development is about training my skills to be an effective leader who gets the job done and earns respect amongst colleagues. I will be an R-LEAD Peer Mentor in the Autumn 2016 semester and will be leading a group of individuals on their leadership development courses, which will show how much my current leadership skills need developing and how far they have come since high school. Service Engagement is all about serving the community and helping others to develop the community in a way that shows spirit and teamwork. Serving others has been a big part of my first year at Ohio State. I’ve volunteered at my church during their blood drives, planted trees on the Olentangy River Watershed, and I’ve volunteered in my hometown as well. I plan on developing all of my GOALS as I get closer to graduate school by engaging other professors for research and serving my community to make it a better place.
I’ve done a lot of self reflecting this spring semester. Whatever new career I found (through internet searches and other people) never seemed to fit, and a new one would only sound exciting for the first couple of days. I was lost and had no idea about what my future would appear to be. Then, my uncle/Godfather died from stage 4 pancreatic cancer in the middle of the semester, and my whole world was thrown into a vortex of depression. It took me a while to recover from that shock, but I eventually got back on my feet. I began thinking about my true purpose in the world even harder now. Since I was a kid, I’ve always fantasized about saving the world and making it a better place. Now that I’m a student looking for a career, I could become anything I wanted, even a hero that saves the world. My uncle’s death has inspired me to pursue a career in cancer research as an Immunologist. Ever since I began looking at this career, I haven’t stopped feeling the excitement. I feel content with this choice, like I finally found my path in life. Studying immunology isn’t going to be easy, but I have tons of family who support my decision every step of the way.