My ACES mentee is Maddy Melzer. She is a pre-medicine neuroscience major.
So far, she has enjoyed her major. She likes the Neuroscience department because she feels that it facilitates a lot of activities throughout the major. Maddy likes her advisor because she is helpful and knowledgeable. When it comes to difficult classes this semester, Maddy anticipates General Chemistry II to be the most challenging in her course load. She thinks Cellular Molecular Neuroscience will be challenging as well because it is difficult for her to visualize the concepts on a microscopic level. However, she is excited for the Cellular Molecular Neuroscience class because she finds the subject fascinating.
Maddy developed strong studying habits during her first semester as an Ohio State student. She has learned from past experiences that only starting to study for an exam a few days prior makes her anxious, especially when she has multiple exams scheduled close together. With this new-found knowledge, she tries her very best to not cram for exams by developing study plans that are spread out over more time.
Maddy has become very involved on campus, outside of ACES. This semester, she is participating in the American Medical Women’s Association. Through this organization, Maddy completes a lot of volunteer work. She has volunteered at the women’s shelter and the Ronald McDonald house. She has also volunteered for Habitat for Humanity and Clean Up Columbus. Maddy is a member of the Undergraduate Neuroscience Research Organization. With this organization, Maddy helps raise funds that are donated to research in the field of neuroscience.
With all this involvement comes a strong need for time management. Maddy, however, has a solid plan to manage her time wisely. Because academics always comes first, she will sometimes miss club meetings to study when she feels she needs more time to adequately complete her course work. Most of the time though, as long as she can stay on track with her assignments, she uses club meetings and volunteering as breaks from studying. Maddy has felt successful with her time management over the past semester, so she intends to keep her same involvements next year. She also would like to join the College Mentors for Kids program.
Maddy very much enjoyed her first semester in ACES. She liked the activities we did as a scholar’s program and how all the first-years live on the same floor, so there is always someone to go to an ACES event with. She was not surprised by the program, but she liked the relaxed vibe of the group and that the program connects her with many volunteer opportunities. She appreciated that many of the program’s events were located in Smith-Steeb, which made it easier to fit them into her busy schedule.
Maddy’s career plans have not changed since her first semester. She is still planning on attending medical school. Through her volunteering experiences and visiting her personal doctor over the past semester, Maddy has reconfirmed her dream to be a doctor. She is currently interested in either going into family medicine or becoming an OBGYN.
With all the ups and downs associated with completing your first semester as a college student, Maddy very much enjoyed last semester. Her favorite memory from last semester was meeting her best friend, Claire. Maddy and Claire were lab partners in Biology 1113, and they were in the same sections of their neuroscience survey and Arts and Sciences survey. Claire lives on south campus too, so they spend a lot of time together studying for their neuroscience classes and exploring campus and Columbus.
Maddy has set high goals for herself this semester. She would like to get at least and A- in General Chemistry II, an A in Biology 1114, and at least an A- in all her other classes. She also would like to increase her time spent volunteering.
I truly appreciated the opportunity to sit down with Maddy to discuss how her first semester went and what the rest of her second semester will look like. Knowing her expectations for herself will help me, as her mentor, to check in with her throughout the semester to make sure she is staying on track with accomplishing her goals.
Questions Used in Summary:
· Are you enjoying your major? Why or why not?
· What kind of study habits have you developed? Did they work successfully in the fall?
· Which class on your current schedule do you think will be the most challenging and why?
· How have you gotten involved on campus?
· How do you manage your time between your involvement and you academics?
· Do you think you will keep your same involvement next year? Why or why not?
· How was your first semester in ACES? What has surprised you about the program?
· Have your career plans changed since your first semester? Why or why not?
· What is your favorite memory from last semester?
· What kind of goals have you set for yourself for this semester?