Cross-Cultural Boots


These multipurpose rain boots are also multicultural. They have left tracks in the Central American rainforest, El Garbo (a first-world farming community), Nicaraguan farms, and Maryland and Virginia for an animal welfare internship. They have been in a field of horned bulls at a bull breeding farm in Spain. They’ve also been placed in Spanish stirrups in Andalusia. Next summer they will return to Nicaragua to implement animal welfare practices on family farms. The cross-cultural boots represent my exploration of the fields of Animal Sciences.

The continent-treading rain boots represent two key themes of my first undergraduate year: adaptability and resilience.

Rain boots are adaptable to different climates. The boots’ adaptability reflect the manner with which I transitioned into Ohio State. I was required to revisit my study skills and change them to match the rigor of college science courses. After living in the suburbs of Chicago since toddlerhood, the transition into the culture of Animal Sciences required open-mindedness and willingness to understand the perspectives of those who grew up in agriculture. Additionally, the transition from a school with 1200 students to a university with 65,000 challenged my ability to stand out as an individual in an academic setting. I met the challenge by getting to know my professors on a personal level. I maintained integrity in and out of the classroom, and I consistently exhibited character during interactions on and off campus. This character consistency, along with my pursuit of leadership positions, enabled me to stand out this year, even among thousands of students at The Ohio State University.

The rubber rain boots are resilient to pressures; they reassume their shape after being bent or crushed. The boots’ resilience to changes symbolizes my response to challenges this year. After receiving low test scores in general chemistry during the first semester, I returned second semester with improved study skills to raise my test scores in the second general chemistry course. Family challenges caused a major distraction during the second semester, but I separated those distractions from my academics and continued to succeed through the end of the year.

Certified Humane Internship

This summer I am pursuing an internship at Certified Humane Raised and Handled through the organization Humane Farm Animal Care. This animal welfare certification organization is located in Herndon, Virginia. Through this internship I hope to gain experience with animal welfare audits (welfare investigations on food animal farms) in order to conduct my own audits as a component of animal welfare research in Nicaragua next summer. In order to intern for Humane Farm Animal Care, I have been faced with new challenges. Along with accustoming myself to a new city and lifestyle, I have acquired the skill of driving manual transmission (stick shift) in order to utilize the car provided for me in the area in which I am living. Additionally, I am required to navigate around Washington D.C. and budget my own summer with meals, transportation, and time. However, all of these new experiences are preparing me for my independent research in Nicaragua next summer. Not only am I acquiring experience in animal welfare audits, I am applying my adaptability and practicing independence in an unfamiliar setting. This summer will contain many yield self-development through various applications.

Welcome to my Honors & Scholars e-Portfolio

I am an Animal Biosciences pre-veterinary student from Mundelein, Illinois. My undergraduate education vision is to make an impact in an international setting using my interests in animal welfare science and Spanish, and my E-Portfolio is a reflection of this goal.

Year in Review

The most prominent characteristic of my first academic semester at The Ohio State University is career and personal growth. I pursue my academic major, Animal Sciences, with an open mind to the diverse animal careers it offers me; as a result, I have identified some fields, including ethology and veterinary medicine, that align with my interests.

My research project on livestock welfare in Nicaragua served as a growth milestone for me this semester. After attending an Animal Science lecture on animal welfare science, and later hearing a speech on livestock in my Nicaragua Study Abroad pre-requisite course, I began a long-term investigation on livestock welfare in Nicaragua. This ongoing project, which entails international travel and bilingual communication, has increased my intercultural competency and communication skills with faculty, political figures, and advisors. It has elevated my career skills and my ability to channel my passions of animal welfare and the Spanish language through an academically-enriching medium.

I have developed skills throughout this semester that will be applicable to my education and to my future animal career. By participating in animal-related opportunities through the university, I have gained animal experience including livestock judging and halter-breaking, companion animal care, and exotic education. A developmental setback that I needed to overcome this semester was not having college-level chemistry in my background. In order to stay ahead in my general chemistry course, I reached out to professors and peers who had taken AP Chemistry. As a result, I was able to develop study skills in a short amount of time, and I feel that I will no longer be at a disadvantage when I begin next semester.

Reflecting on my first semester of undergraduate education, I actively and consistently sought out resources and opportunities that have helped me grow and develop over the semester.


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Global Awareness: Students cultivate and develop their appreciation for diversity and each individual’s unique differences. For example, consider course work, study abroad, involvement in cultural organizations or activities, etc .
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This oath was created by the ODI Morrill Scholars Class of 2019, of which I am a member. I was awarded the Distinction title after demonstrating my commitment to diversity and inclusion. This oath is the reason that I attend the Ohio State University; it speaks to my values of open-mindedness, inclusivity, lifelong education, and the inherent worth and dignity of every person. These values derive from my Unitarian Universalist roots and the environment in which I grew up.

I plan to enact the promises laid out in the oath by studying abroad, advocating for a diverse environment on and off campus, and striving to learn about the abundant culture and representation at Ohio State.

About Me

Animal Biosciences: Pre-Veterinary Track
College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences

Biological Sciences Scholar and Morrill Scholar with Distinction

Sustainability Chair of HBAB Board for Residence Halls Haverfield and Barrett

Musical Director of Meshuganotes A Cappella Choir

College Representative of Animal Welfare & Behavior Club

President of Fellowship of Campus Unitarian Universalists

Employee at Wildlife Discovery Center in Lake Forest, IL

Aspiring World Traveller, Intellect, Musician, Lifelong Learner

Strengths: Relator, Achiever, Learner, Individualization, Arranger, Input

Feeding Boris the Bobcat

Feeding Boris the Bobcat as an employee at the Wildlife Discovery Center in Lake Forest, IL