Originally of English descent, my family and I travel back to England twice a year. Here, I am still immersed within the culture and through my travels stay a global citizen. I am able to further develop my appreciation for the diversity and unique differences between the two cultures by frequently learning more about each culture’s history and identifying traits. This summer I visited Barcelona, Paris, and Italy, while staying in hostile I was fully exposed to the culture, language, and able to further explore each city. My global awareness grew tremendously and granted me with new knowledge of their history, greatest attractions, and unforgettable experiences. Although I originally had planned to study abroad my junior year, this no longer seems like a feasible plan due to immense course work and prerequisite classes for medical school. However, after graduation I plan to take a GAP year and during this time travel and volunteer within the countries to gain greater cultural experience. I also plan to take course work with great focus on global diversity, such as history courses, and just finished a class focusing on GenerationRx comparing the drug taking behaviors within different cultures.
My experiences thus far with the research and creative process are very limited. I have taken, and plan to, take some more advance neuroscience classes to help further solidify and narrow down which research route I would like to go when applying to psychology and neuroscience research labs. I plan to gain my original inquiry through research, more specifically working under a PI in a research lab. I would like my research to be revolving around something within the medical field with a focus on mental diseases and disorders. I plan to work further towards achieving this goal by in the summer applying and finding research labs that intrigue me, then in the fall start the research process. My main goal from this process is to gain greater research techniques, interpersonal skills and relations with coworkers and bosses, and the hope of being published.
My honors contract demonstrates my commitment to the goal of academic enrichment and it depicts not only my determination and want to finish my degree, but also within it the challenging course work I want to take to further push and benefit my own self. My planned curriculum relates to my future aspirations as it encompasses all prerequisite classes required for medical school, the route, at this very moment, I would like to further pursue. My selection of classes demonstrates my commitment to excellence as I am determined to gain my honors neuroscience degree, my classes show how I am willing and my want to further push myself, make myself study and think harder, and put myself out of my comfort zone with challenging coursework with honors classes. I choose the major I did as the brain has always been absolutely fascinating to me, my life long career goal is to do research within the medical field specifically relating to addiction and Alzheimer’s disease as these two diseases have tremendously impacted my families lives and the lives of many others.
I am currently involved in volunteering at the Mount Carmel West hospital and OSU small animal ICU. These involvements relate to my career goals as I want a career within the medical field, however, although I am still not 100% sure and set which type of patient I would like to be working with, I am leaning towards medical school. Over the past summer, I had a 400-hour work experience at a rehabilitation barn. It was a hands-on experience at a well-known rehab center, working alongside veterinarians and specialized staff. My experience focused on injury rehabilitation, post- surgical care, hydrotherapy, and conditioning. From this experience I gained leadership skills, during this internship on the weekends I managed the barn (was the lead staff member on call), when a horse was sick would have to take charge and make fast acting decisions and learnt how to work within a group to optimize our work completed.
Service Engagement :
My non-clinical volunteering is still a work in process. This summer I plan to continue to volunteer at a riding for disabled facility. Here I instruct and guide mentally and physically disabled children and adults with equine-related activities and have also completed extensive ‘horse leader’ training. There is also a leadership role within this work as well serving as a trainer within the ring. This is something I am very passionate about and could talk about for hours. I have worked with Marco for 13 months, Marco is a nonverbal boy with serve Autism, I taught Marco how to ride and interact with a horse and through this we developed a relationship built on trust and no words. I believe greater emphasis needs to be placed on alternative medicine with America and our community. I have taken course work to further educate myself on GenerationRx and our societal drug behaviors and drug epidemics to play a greater role informing others and helping as well. I would life to find meaningful volunteering work revolving around this and engage with the community.