I chose to interview Emma Dalan. She studied microbiology while attending The Ohio State University and is currently a Research Associate at the University of Texas San Antonio. She researches multiple disorders/diseases, but focuses on the genetics and epigenetics of the disorders. She shared with me that one of their main projects at her job is the study Alzheimers. She and her colleagues have epigenetically edited Alzheimer’s patient-derived stem cells which they can turn into neurons and study how epigenetic editing affects the brain cell function. I found this extremely interesting.
I learned so much from Emma, and she gave me great advice. I think the most memorable thing she told me is to not worry about having everything figured out. Since seventh grade, I’ve been worried about what I’ll be doing at age 30. I’ve realized that my time at OSU will bring me all the preparation I need for my future career and there’s no need to stress too much about my future. She also reminded me that the more involved I am, the better the experiences and connections I will have. She also advised me to get to know at least one professor, preferably one in a field that I’m interested in. She brought up a good point that it’s much easier to get out of your comfort zone in college than as an adult and recommended I take advantage of the opportunities here at OSU to test my boundaries. She also gave me advice for the professional world. She informed me confidence plays a huge role in the professional world. Emma spent a lot of her time at OSU performing research in a molecular genetics/nutrition lab which prepared her for research positions in the professional world.
I plan to incorporate a lot of the things Emma and I talked about in my time at Ohio State. I’m most excited to start looking for research positions available. I think this would be a great resume builder when applying to professional schools and, more importantly, a lot of fun! She also gave me some great advice on how to interview well. This information will come in handy while applying for jobs during my time at school.
Under the Thematic To-Do List, I’m choosing to explore coffee and tea locations in Columbus. I’m choosing this list because I am a big fan of coffee and tea but don’t know of many places in Columbus to get either. I am most looking forward to finding quite locations that not everyone knows about. I’m hoping to find a go-to coffee shop in Columbus like the one I have in my hometown. I believe that if I can find a place that reminds me of home here, I will consequently feel more at home in Columbus. So far, I have only visited Stauf’s Coffee. This was a very nice coffee shop located in a quaint neighborhood on Neil avenue. It is in a beautiful building that looks to be an old church. It wasn’t too busy and had a warm aura. There was a lot of seating, but it didn’t feel crowded. They didn’t have many options, but they had all the basics: lattes, teas, cold brews, hot chocolate, and chai. A unique thing this coffee shop has implemented to cut back on waste is their reusable sleeve incentive. By re-using a single sleeve 10 times and acquiring 10 hole punches made by the employees, you can get a free coffee! I thought this was a very creative way to encourage reducing waste. It’s a small step in the right direction that I hope other shops start using. I plan on going back to this location and will definitely bring a friend!
A couple more things that I have experienced here in Colombus were exploring the Short North and restaurants around the city. My family and I went to Cap City Fine Diner and Bar on Olentangy River Rd. This was my favorite restaurant I’ve been to in Columbus. The aura of the diner reminded me of an upscale Waffle House. The employees were also super friendly and helpful. The portions were very large and delicious. Here, I got the grilled cheese and fries that filled me up. My friend Max and I also went to every shop in the shopping center across the river. We went to Marshalls, Target, Barnes and Noble, Petco, Sally Beauty, and Old Navy. One of my favorite places over there is Petco because there were fish, mice, guinea pigs, and cats. In the Short North, I walked the streets and went into shops with my family. We went into a lot of the boutiques like Rowe Boutique, Glean, Global Gifts, and Smartypants Vintage. We saw Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, but didn’t go in because we went to dinner at The Eagle Short North. I got the grilled cheese sandwich. It was very cheesy but not too filling. So, I ate some of my sister’s fries, which were delicious. The Short North has so much to offer and I can’t wait to go back and explore more with my friends. Overall, this was my favorite experience in Columbus so far.
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Hi, I’m Lauren Jennett! My preferred pronouns are she/her/hers. I’m currently a first-year student at The Ohio State University, but I grew up in Miamisburg, Ohio. Academically, I’ve always been a very driven learner. I strive for perfection but accept that it’s not always realistic, so I accept anything very close to it. I am dedicated and give my all to anything I commit to in my life, including jobs, classes, activities/clubs, and relationships.
At The Ohio State University, I am studying biology on a pre-dentistry track. Becoming an orthodontist is my ultimate career goal, although I’d be thrilled to end up doing anything in the dental field. I was inspired to pursue a career in this field by my family. My dad’s side of the family is under a long-lasting curse of poor dental health. Since his family of eight grew up in poverty and lacked basic education on dental health and access to dental care, I’ve grown up watching their real teeth being extracted and replaced with a fresh set of pearly whites. This, of course, has always been a last resort to fixing their teeth, but ultimately, always necessary. I’ve seen the change in their confidence and self-perception. Since witnessing this, I knew I wanted to be the person that makes someone confident in their smile, the most powerful expression of all.
Aside from my academic goals, I have goals to build connections and gain experience in the real world. I’d love any opportunity to perform research in my field, shadow dentists, and volunteer/work in dental clinics.
I am passionate about music, the environment, volleyball, equity, and traveling. I have a strong appreciation for alternative/indie/rock music and all things in nature. I particularly love spending time in the water; kayaking, swimming, boating, and cliff-jumping are a few of my favorite activities. I realize that our world is in a crisis as a result of too few people being cautious of their environmental impact and I want to contribute to the effort to reverse these almost irreversible effects caused by human actions.