Global Awareness: I have taken several classes that have helped me expand my global awareness, including a religions of the world course and multiple Spanish courses. However, the most prominent way I will be expanding my global awareness during my undergraduate career will be this summer. I am studying abroad in Salamanca, Spain for six weeks in order to fulfill some required classes for my minor. This will definitely help broaden my horizons and learn how interact with people from all over the world.
Original Inquiry: As a STEM major, many of my classes focus on expanding our overall understanding of science. While these classes do teach me information, they also allow us to explore how what we are learning is applied to the real world. This is done by extensive analysis of research papers and poster presentations. During my spring semester of 2020, I plan on joining a lab to assist with more original work and conduct research with some of the university’s phenomenal staff.
Academic Enrichment: I am fully confident that my honors contract will provide me with classes and educational experiences that will stick with me for the rest of my life. As a pre-health student, taking classes such as Anatomy, Physiology, Molecular Genetics, and more will allow me to go into my graduate school career prepared to take on the material that is required of me. However, I am not a biology major simply because I want to go into medicine, but I truly enjoy learning about biology of all things and how life on Earth works. This is why I have decided to take courses (Evolution and Ecology) on Ohio State’s Lake Erie Stone Lab during the summer of 2020. Not only will this fulfill the requirements for my major, but it will allow me to study biological concepts in the field, which is something that very few people have the opportunity to do in their undergraduate career. Lastly, my study abroad experience this summer will surely help me in understanding myself, but it will also enrich my academic and allow me to continue to learn something in depth other than science. Overall, my honors contract is filled with courses that will keep me motivated and allow me to come out of my undergraduate career as a well-rounded individual.
Leadership Development: I have recently become the Fundraising Chair for the Alpha Epsilon Delta Pre-medical Honors Society. This will allow me to expand upon my leadership abilities, but also practice with reaching out to people in both the medical and business fields when looking for support for our club and support for our philanthropies. Additionally, I have just become and initiated member of the Phi Delta Epsilon International Medical Fraternity-OH Zeta chapter at Ohio State. This organization has already given me so much in pre-med education and allowed me to speak with professionals in the medical field that I never who have had the opportunity to do. Both of these organizations have allowed me to step out of my comfort zone in a school with so many people and truly find my place in it all.
Service Engagement: My absolute favorite service experience I have ever been a part of has been here at Ohio State. Every other Thursday, I was able to tutor children at Nationwide Children’s Hospital through Buckeye Tutor Team. Every child I encountered there was so sincere and so willing to interact. There were several times I did not want to leave, but instead stay and play with the amazing children there. Even though they were in the hospital, the kids and their families were always so welcoming to our help, which most of the time just turned into playing games. If I was able to make one child’s day just a little bit better, than the time I had given up to do so was 100% worth it. I plan on continuing volunteering there for the rest of my undergraduate years, but I also plan on applying to be a PCA at Nationwide. I love the atmosphere so much and this would be a great next step into my future career.