Aryn’s Abstract

Freshman year I began this ePortfolio to create a unified place to display my experiences, accomplishments, interests, and goals for future employers. At first I was skeptical about the process but I have realized how beneficial it is to keep myself on track and centered with my goals. I have used this platform to tell future employers a little bit about myself. Future employers can also see a little more about me under Artifacts and get a better visual sense of who I am. Under GOALS someone can find what the goals acronym means for scholars and what it means to me personally. The Year in Review section are a place where I reflect upon my year and what I learned. In Career employers can find my resume and hear me discuss some of my strengths and relevant experiences.

Aryn’s Vision Statement

My career goal is to become an obstetrician gynecologist and work in a base hospital for the United States Navy. I want to be a voice for women’s health issues give back to the people who risk their lives for our country.

2019-2020 Second Year in Review

My second year of college will live in my memory for a very long time. At the beginning of the year I began a job as a lifeguard at the university pool, marking the first time that I had ever held a job while in school. Working brought the fun challenge of learning how to manage my time with classes. This year was also the first year that I lived off-campus which brought my level of adult way up. I did not think that I would miss dining hall food but I had misjudged how convenient the dining halls were. During the fall semester I began the search for a research position on campus. Around Thanksgiving Break I was accepted to shadow in a lab and right before Winter Break I was accepted into the lab. Being accepted into the lab was one of the happiest moments of my life. Spring semester began with little noise and I settled into the paces. I was excited for spring semester because most of my courses were pre-requisites for other courses and I was excited to move on. Looking back on when I packed my bag to go home for Spring Break it is almost laughable to think of what was waiting around the corner. It was over Spring Break that the university suspended in person classes and moved everything online. The transition to the virtual classroom also meant that I was not allowed to go to my research position. Not being able to go to my research position was the most upsetting for me because I was finally being given more solo tasks. My lamenting was cut short however as the reality of the pandemic and other course work filled the void. For me, the greatest lesson I have learned from the worldwide shutdown is that we are all important and can have a big impact on our fellow man. I have also learned to roll with the punches and to not waste this time that has been gifted.

Behind the Mask

 

Mask made by hand amidst 2020 Covid-19 pandemic

My artifact in this post is a handmade mask. Right now the country is facing the Covid-19 pandemic. This mask symbolizes the small part that everyone can play. Staying inside and away from people is the most important thing we can do keep each other safe but this mask symbolizes the recognition that I have for the safety of others if I need to go out in public for essential items. My area has not been impacted as badly as bigger cities in the nation which has made the pandemic seem like a situation far away. Making this mask made me feel connected to the pandemic in a way that I had not felt before. I hope to inspire other people to do what they can to protect their fellow man in this time of need.