I have done some things during my time in college that have developed Global Awareness. For one, I have travelled the world, visiting Paris, Amsterdam, Lebanon, Canada, and several US states during my stay at OSU. I have also taken several classes that focus on Global Awareness. My most favorite of which is Arabic 2702H, which details the history of female Arab authors and Arabic culture in general. Lastly, I am currently the Outreach Chair for the Organization of Arab Students, in which I am constantly reminded of the beautiful Arabic culture.
I have had two major experiences that have helped me understand the research process. First, I worked at the Biological Research Tower as a student research assistant, where I was responsible for aiding in lab animal experiments and sanitization of rooms/equipment. Further, I am currently a student surgery assistant in Wiseman Hall. There, I work with a team that helps different PI’s prepare animals for surgery.
My Honors Contract demonstrates my commitment to Academic Enrichment. I have made sure to schedule only the most challenging GE’s and major courses. The courses I have chosen to take are a representation of my future aspirations. For example, I have completed all pre-med courses (biology, chemistry, physics, organic chemistry, biochemistry, and calculus) in the hopes of going to medical school someday. Additionally, I have chosen my major (Neuroscience) because one of my main interests is in the chemical basis behind behavior. With that being said, I have chosen major courses that either relate or focus directly on this topic.
I am proud to say that during my first two years at OSU, I have involved myself in several co-curricular activities that have allowed me to cultivate leadership skills and competencies. First, my job at Wiseman Hall has turned me into a leader in which I help train new students to fulfill the role of surgery assistant. Second, I have involved myself with the Organization of Arab Students, in which I have been serving as Outreach Chair for some time. Third, I have been elected Vice President of Academic Success in the Organic Mechanisms Club, where I have been able to tutor my peers in organic chemistry. Last but not least, I am a blood services intern with The American Red Cross. This duty requires me to be a leader and take initiative to help put blood drives together.
I have been and am currently involved with several service-oriented activities. In the past, I volunteered as an assistant teacher for young, underprivileged children. Additionally, I spent one summer as a volunteer at Mount Carmel West Hospital, where I spent time at the front desk answering inquiries and taking patients/family members to various rooms around the hospital. Currently, I am volunteering weekly at the Zangmeister Cancer Center. There, I offer drinks, snacks, books, and puzzles to patients either receiving infusions or in the waiting area. Last but not least, I am a blood services intern with the American Red Cross. This role is the most demanding compared to other volunteer roles I have had: It requires 10-15 hours a week in order to be a successful intern with successful blood drives.