The first semester of my freshmen is almost done, I think that I have accomplished so much for this semester and also improved in many ways. One of the most important skills I gained this semester is that I can manage my time and handle the pressure better. At the beginning of this semester, I have a lot of school work need to do every day. The OIA office recommends an international student to take 14-hour class for the first semester, but my advisor offers me courses that end up as 16 hours in total, so it seems to be a bit tough to me. In the beginning, I don’t even know where to start my work. And I always feel I am so stressed about everything because I take a lot of class and each one of them has very much of self-study. one of them is an honor course, which makes the situation even worse. I felt so helpless, at the same time I know that I have to start with a piece of it and finished all of them. But sometimes I feel so tough. Now I can organize my time better and I will be able to group them and finish them ahead of the time. I still have a lot of work need to be finished but I do not feel the same way as I felt at the beginning of this semester. I think I know that what is the most important and that comes the first, then finished the rest. This is a huge step in improvement for myself. And I hope that as I am moving forward I will be able to handle more and more thing. Not only in the numerous but also in the quality.
For Scholar Seminar that we need to interview a professor about their research project. I went to interview professor Nuo Sun. He is focusing on the research of heart disease, especially focus on congestive heart failure. According to the report that the global population starts to get older and older and, the geriatric disease seems to be a big part of it. He thinks that if the scientist can research on this career it will benefit the human in the future. And he mentioned that when he was doing the research he is always so clear about what he wants, so he will always focus on the main goal that he need to do. So that he always knows what he wants and he never fell there is too much work and he can’t handle this anymore.
After this conversation, I learned that attitude is really important for me and it would really affect me in the career I am studying in. This conversation did give me a little hint about how can I get through my current situation because I think I have too much work and I don’t kn0w what should I do for this. I am also trying to find where am I going, I can’t decide for what I am going to do for the next four years, and professor Sun gives some suggestions on what I should do for now. I think this helps me a lot. I will always remember that I need to find my main goal throughout my life, and no matter what happens the only thing I need to do is Working towards my main goal. The Goal will change over time but my passion for that goal should never change. I think many of my peers are also facing the same kind of situations now, and I think I get a chance to talk to a person who had already get through this situation and works well in this career I think this could help me to build up my motive to move forward and help me to deal with my situation in the current stage. This activity makes me step out of my comfort zone because I need to start and lead the conversation all by myself, and I am not a person who really like to speak up, and this activity challenges me a little bit.
The meaningful experience is the homework called University Resource Preparation in my survey class. This homework is basically that everyone of us goes to the major resource center in the school. Like the libraries, the health center, the undergraduate research center, the test center, the consulting center and so on. This activity takes me a couple days to walk around and take pictures around. But I think this homework give me a chance to know the university resource better than my peer s who never did this homework. After I finish this homework I have a better sense of what resource our university have and available for us, then in the next four years I will be using those resource efficiency and that will help me to develop better in my major career. In this activity I need to take pictures around campus, there are many people looking at me when we do that but I can ignore that. This gives me a chance to ask any questions that I have and afraid to ask in the past. So that I really step out and to go to the resource center and ask them about their major usage and take a picture, next time when I need something I will know what should do for this. I would definitely say that this activity is a great project to do, and it worths the time.
I am Jiaen Li. I am majoring in Mathematics. I am an international student from China, and I live in Cincinnati in the past five years. I choose STEM EE Scholars is because I like Science and Math a lot, and I have to have further exploration in these areas. I know that scholars are learning more outside the classroom, that’s what I am interested in. In China, we sit in the classroom and do whatever teacher tells us to do, and now here is a chance that I can go out and learn in a different way. My dad is a doctor and I was reading the biochemistry textbook when I was little, and later on, I start to interesting in math. So now I decide to do more in math. I am interested in STEM because I think the STEM is helping us through our everyday life, it’s important and helpful in the worldwide. My personal skill is that I can get into a situation quickly since my personal experience, I would love to work hard and to learn the professional skills in math.
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