I interviewed a friend’s uncle who works at Riverside Methodist Hospital as he is a head of the Neuroscience Center in Intervention Radiology. I asked him mostly about what his physician assistants and nurse practitioners contributed to his work and how he feels with his life dedicated to medicine as a physician. He spoke of how involved his life is with the procedures he does to alleviate stroke damage, and how he has missed a variety of family holidays while being on call in case an emergency did occur. He also detailed how his job would be impossible if it weren’t for the staff that supports him, and how is PA’s run everything that is behind the scenes and help him carry out his procedures smoothly. He explained how they all leave right around 5 PM and many have young families. He indicated they really have a balance between medicine and life, which is genuinely what I am looking for. Overall, it was great to here from someone who has been in the field for so long, as well as someone who has seen the rise of PA’s and their function. He knows how the field has changed because of them and he had great insight into the differences between a physician and the assistant. This all reaffirmed my decision to switch from pre-med to pre-PA, and gave me effective insight into the inner workings of it all.
I spent my semester volunteering for College Mentors for Kids, meeting with West Franklin Elementary once a week for 2 hours to spend time with my “little buddy” working on activities to promote higher education, community service, and cultural diversity. This service was wonderful as it allowed me to work closely with children as their role model and someone they can confide in – something I am very passionate about. I am all about exposure and demonstrating to kids what they’re capable of, and this program was such a perfect way to become intertwined in such an experience. I am continuing on with service into my junior year, this time as a General Manager, so that I may effectively continue to impact those who will become our future.
One of my favorite things to do in any free time is to go exploring. All throughout the summer, my best friend and I would find waterfalls and overlooks and ponds and sit and talk for hours. I decided to take this idea and run with it for the ‘Do’ portion of this project. Here is an overlook in Chapin Forest, up in my home, taken during spring break. My sisters and I had heard of this place, and how the city is visible from this vantage point and decided to take a look. We veered off the traditional path, and took the dusty path made from the footprints of those before us and came to this fenced in overlook, where the sky expanded outward and didn’t stop until it met with the ground at a distance we could see, but couldn’t imagine. It was stunning and the exact type of experience I live for.
In an effort to have an experience outside of my usual routine, I took a trip down to the Short North, and found myself among all these records. I found it intriguing being around records, old and new, and felt myself being pulled back into the past and feeling removed – in a good way – from my current present. I was in my own little world at this point, just imaging what it would’ve been like to dance around to records playing, with the familiar scratch of the record players as I have heard in many movies. This particular shop had a plethora of cute objects, old and new, and really had an almost time-warp appeal to it. I actually sent this exact picture to my father as he is a huge Pink Floyd fan, and him and I have gone to see renditions of this exact album performed more than once. It’s the music from the time when I was born, and those songs bring me back to parts of my childhood and cooking and dancing in the kitchen. Again, this prompted me to continue exploring the Short North to find what other interesting pieces I could find.
A few friends and I decided we wanted to experience a different culture’s food, so we headed to North Market downtown to get a taste of something different. At North Market, there is a myriad of stations, many with cultural foods, ranging from Polish to Italian to Indian. My entire life, I’ve always been relatively sheltered when it comes to food, so I decided to step outside of my comfort zone a bit and try Indian food. I got chicken curry, rice, and a mix of potatoes and green beans. Aside from being a bit more spicy than I’d like, it was very good. I was surprised. Although my palate is usually pretty diverse, and I am not a relatively picky eater, I didn’t see myself enjoying this food as much as I did. I was ultimately extremely happy with our decision to undertake this endeavor, and really inspired me to continue trying new foods and experiencing new things.
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In order to expand myself, I plan on doing a variety of things to open up new windows of perspective and influence myself in positive ways. I would like to travel to German Village to experience the food options there, as it is a place I have not yet visited and something I have not yet been exposed to. I would like to enjoy myself at a Columbus Blue Jackets game, immersing myself in the sportsmanship and pride of it all with some of my closest friends. Lastly, I would like to race in Columbus, whether that be a 5k or something more substantial, I want to feel the city like I did my home, by running through it and living and breathing with it.