This week I decided to go to Starbucks off campus and people watch. I decided to choose an off-campus location, so it wasn’t full of people just studying. The Starbucks I went to was very small with only 3 tables. I could pretty much hear everything everyone was saying. Honestly, I felt a little guilty listening in on their conversations so much. I sat in the corner away from people so I didn’t look “creepy” as some would call it. I saw many different forms on communication and uses of technology while in the coffee shop.
The first group of people I noticed was 3 people dressed very nicely. They all had their computers and 2 of them even had a tablet as well. I assumed they were at Starbucks for a business meeting. One man led the conversation, so I figured he must be the lead on this project, or in some way above the other two. The other man was talking or texting on his phone a lot. The body language of the other two didn’t seem to be annoyed by this, so I thought it might have been a work phone call. The 3 people were there longer than I was, so I didn’t see the interaction of how they left.
Another group I saw, was two women in their mid 20s maybe. This was one of the few conversations I couldn’t hear very well, so I watched non verbal’s very closely. The women seemed as if they knew each other well, because they would touch each other’s hands frequently. The one woman that I could see the face of kept rolling her eyes. However, she also seemed very sympathetic when she rolled her eyes. The women also never got out their phones or technology while I was there. I thought this was so rare. I honestly find it hard to not take out my phone even during a serious conversation. It was very interesting to watch their body language, and how I made up a story in my own mind of what they were talking about. I assumed the woman who I couldn’t see the face of, was telling a story to her best friend about a boy who did her wrong. After they left, they both gave each other a hug and got I their separate cars.
This experience was very eye opening. I was very surprised how much I ended up taking away from the conversations. My favorite conversation I watched was the one between the two women. I enjoyed this because I couldn’t hear what they were saying. This activity really brought to light how much body language can teach you about a people and the type of conversation they are having. I do not know if I got their conversation even close to right, but I would like to believe that I got what they were feeling throughout the situation.
My name is Lane Scott, and I am currently a third year at The Ohio State University. I started out my freshman and sophomore year majoring in Radiation Therapy. I was admitted into the program, but later decided that program was not for me. I went on to apply to the College of Nursing my 2nd year, and I was accepted! I still struggle with the fact that I will be attending college for 5 years, but after my first semester I really believe nursing is the right choice for me. I went to a very small high school in Ohio and graduated with 45 students in my class. My first year at OSU was a bit of a culture shock, but I have grown to love this university!
In my free time, I enjoy working out, playing sports, and hanging out with family and friends. I grew up playing soccer and basketball, and I really enjoy getting a group of friends together to go out for a scrimmage. This semester I am working on getting a group of my peers together to play in an indoor soccer intramural. My roommates and I all enjoy sports and working out has brought us all closer together. I live in an off-campus house with 3 other girls, and we all have really good relationships with each other. Even though I live off campus, I still go home every Sunday for brunch with my family. Family is very important to me and I believe that I wouldn’t be where I am today without them. I have a sister and a brother, with me being the middle child. My older sister had a little girl in 2017, and so a new name I go by is “auntie Lane”. I love being able to be a part of her life, and I look forward to watching my niece grow up!
When I am not studying or in school, I work quite often. I am currently a caregiver for a woman with mental disabilities. I love my job, and I am really excited that my future career is in the same field as my job. When I first started nursing school, I thought I knew what I wanted to do (work in pediatrics). However, the more patient populations I am introduced to the more I feel like I want to work with everyone. I am very interested in psychiatrics, geriatrics, pediatrics, and neonatal. I believe there is so many options as a nurse, and I am eager to be able to work with every population of patients that I can. I believe my overall goal for my career is to be a nurse practitioner, and possibly a nursing instructor one day.
The start of this semester intimidated me tremendously, but after the first week I have become more confident in myself. I have made more friends in the College of Nursing, and I am looking forward to sharing more memories with my peers over the next two years. I am very excited to get my feet wet in the hospital this semester, as well as becoming more confident as a future nurse.
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