Graduate School-Third Year Timeline

Fall Semester

  • Elected Secretary of the Health and Wellness Committee of the Asian Festival
  • Began serving as a Graduate Teaching Assistant for the College of Public Health
  • Began serving as a Graduate Research Assistant for Dr. Julianna Nemeth
  • Presented “The Write Stuff,” a journaling and writing-based workshop
  • Won the Karen H. Evans Memorial Scholarship from Ohio Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE)
  • Presented “Mental Health Stigma: What it is and how do we handle it” breakout session at the 8th Ohio Asian American Health Conference
  • Guest lectured on “Culture and Inequity in Psychology” for an upper-level undergraduate/graduate course (Psychology 5681, Fall 2019)
  • Served as an advisor/staff mentor for the 2019 MUNDO Winter Break trip: Demolishing Preconceptions

Spring Semester

  • Presented “A Beginner’s Guide to Cooking” workshop at the Helpful Tips and Chicken Strips Event
  • Presented an hour long talk about AAPI Mental Health at the APAMSA Region V Conference 2020 (and was the youngest speaker there)
  • Guest lectured (Community Organizing and Social Marketing) in PUBHHBP 3510, Spring 2020

Summer Semester

  • Created and currently leading the inaugural Asian Festival Health and Wellness (AFHW) internship program
  • Presented “Breaking the Cycle of Stigma” with the Asian Community Alliance on May 14th, 2020, 6:30-7:30pm
  • Created recommendations for COVID-19 policies and funding for the governor’s office and public health agencies through serving as on an expert member checking committee for the COVID in Ohio Vulnerable Populations Needs Assessment
  • Served as a Filipino community liaison to create and disseminate COVID-19 information to Ohio Filipino communities
  • Advised high school and college youth about policy advocacy at CLUSA’s Young Leaders for American Summit 2020
  • Began mentoring the COVID-19 Healthcare and Equity cohort for AAPI youth (curriculum designed by me)

Graduate School-Second Year Timeline

Fall Semester

  • Attended the 4th Annual Public Health Advocacy Workshop: Building a Road Map to Improve Mental Health through Advocacy
  • Became a Program Administrator for Ohio Asian American Health Committee (OAAHC)
  • Serve on OAAHC’s Butterfly Dash for Lupus planning committee
  • Attend Asian Festival Retreat
  • Served on the Future Health Professionals Learning Community Panel
  • Became the Co-Chair of the Asian Festival Volunteer Committee
  • Led a service-learning trip to Puerto Rico with MUNDO  as a Staff Mentor

Spring Semester

  • Awarded Ohio State’s College of Public Health MPH Culminating Project Grant
  • Helped introduce the speaker, Dr. Ruchika Prakash, at Women and Philanthropy’s “Women and Brain Health” event
  • Lead the MUNDO “Who Tells Your Story” Spring break trip to Williamsburg, DC, and Baltimore
  • Nominated for the College of Public Health Student Choice Award
  • Held my first workshop with OAAHC, “Introduction to Mental Health: Destigmatization and Advocacy,” for Minority Health Month
  • Passed my MPH Culminating Exam
  • Assisted with Wat Buddha Samakidham Temple Screenings
  • Helped organize and attended Mental Health First Aid training
  • Facilitated the Central Ohio Lupus Summit
  • Graduated from The Ohio State University with a Masters in Public Health


  • Ran the Asian Festival’s Health Registration Volunteer program
  • Appointed Volunteer Coordinator for Health and Wellness Committee of the Asian Festival

Graduate School-First Year Timeline

Fall Semester

  • Started graduate school in the College of Public Health, Health Behavior Health Promotion program at The Ohio State University
  • Became a Staff Mentor for MUNDO at OSU
  • Joined OUAB Grad/Prof Committee
  • Narrowed my broad researches interest in health disparities to Asian-American health disparities,with a current focus on mental health
  • Led a service-learning trip to NYC with MUNDO as a Staff Mentor

Spring Semester

  • Joined Lupus Optimal Health group
  • Collaboratively wrote a grant for Asian-American mental health screenings for the Asian Festival
  • Became a volunteer with the Ohio Asian American Health Coalition
  • Led a service-learning trip to Memphis, New Orleans and Birmingham with MUNDO about the history of the South and the Civil Rights movement
  • Attended with the Midwestern Asian-American Student Union (MAASU) Conference
  • Attended the Norman Y. Mineta Leadership Institute
  • Was a finalist for the Graduate trustee position for OSU’s Board of Trustees

Summer Semester

  • Joined the Asian Festival RN Committee
  • Began doing research on mental health in Asian-Americans at Capital University
  • Participated in Ohio Asian American Pacific Islander Legislative Day


Senior Year Timeline

Summer Semester

  • Started Ophthalmology Medical Internship at Havener Eye Institute
  • Attended the Involved Living Organizations (ILO) Retreat
  • Began Undergraduate PsychoNeuroImmunology Journal Club
  • Began job as e-portfolio Peer Mentor
  • Listed as an author in an upcoming Sheridan lab paper, “Microglial recruitment of IL-1b+ monocytes to brain endothelium causes stress-induced anxiety” (submission pending)
  • Attended the Leadershape Institute

Fall Semester

  • Began applying for Public Health grad programs (PhD and MPH)
  • Took the GRE exam
  • Showcased at the URO’s “Spilling the Beans” panel (answers to questions submitted via writing)
  • Presented at URO’s Fall Research Forum 2016
  • Presented First Year Success Series: “Stress Less”
  • Became ODS Notetaker
  • Organized MUNDO and KindCarts Service Initiative collaboration at Buckeye Village Fall Festival
  • Accepted to University of Memphis’ MPH program (Social and Behavioral Sciences)
  • Attended OCPA Careers in Student Affairs Conference 2016
  • Presented First Year Success Series: “You Snooze, You Don’t Lose”
  • Accepted to Ohio State University’s PhD program (Health Behavior Health Promotion)
  • Accepted to Saint Louis Univeristy’s MPH program (Behavioral Science and Health Education)
  • Lead and attended a week-long service learning trip to Los Angeles, California with MUNDO
  • Accepted to Washington University’s MPH program (Urban Design Specialization)

Spring Semester

  • Joined URO’s Programming and Special Initiatives Committee
  • Joined Buckeye Pen Pals Program
  • Attended and led the Louisville/Cincinnati Experience for MLK Weekend
  • Accepted to University of Maryland’s MPH program (Socio-behavioral and Community Health)
  • Quoted in H&S Chronicle article “H&S ePortfolio helps students track their GOALS”
  • Served as a student panelist for University Admissions’ Admitted Student Panel in Cincinnati
  • Organized a service-crafting event for the military at Buckeye Village
  • Became a published author in Molecular Psychiatry in Sheridan lab paper, “Microglial recruitment of IL-1b+ monocytes to brain endothelium causes stress-induced anxiety”
  • Accepted to University of Illnois-Chicago MPH program (Community Health Sciences)
  • Attended Sphinx/Mortarboard Faculty Staff Reception as a host
  • Attended USG Presidents’ Dinner, representing MUNDO
  • Featured in The Lantern in the article “KindCarts Service Initiative spreads kindness through crafts”
  • Committed to OSU’s College of Public Health PhD program!
  • Won a Dean’s Distinguished University Fellowship for graduate school at Ohio State
  • Served as A Day in the Life of the Buckeye Host
  • Spoke and attended ILO Distinguished Leadership Luncheon
  • Featured in OSU Commencement Week’s Tools of the Trade video
  • Won Emerging Leadership Award from the Annual Asian Excellence Awards and Graduation Ceremony
  • Awarded e-Portfolio Peer Mentor Scholarship
  • Spoke as the Undergraduate Speaker for the 2017 Commencement Reception

Junior Year: A Work in Progress Cont.

Chapter 3, Part II: How Did Your Garden Grow?

When I read my thoughts at the start of junior year, it feels more like a musing upon a list, a quick blurb of “what I did over the summer” suitable for Facebook friends, catching upon with an acquaintance, or as a way to answer an interview question. It glosses over what I expected the next year to hold-my goals, my hopes, my dreams.

Until now, all my Year-in-Review reflections were written in one straight go—this year is the first where I can look back at where I was at the beginning and compare it to where I ended up.

If sophomore year was about enrichment, then junior year was growth- horizontally and vertically. I found myself standing straighter, walking taller, whenever I came in a room. Much of it was due to exposing myself to different facets of familiar ground.

I learned to ask, “so what?” I’ve always been involved in the day-to-day work of research, from logging in data to running behavioral tests. Now I had to learn to present it. Through conferences, student panels and FYSS sessions, I found myself translating what I did to others. Talking through about what my research actually was, why research, in general, was important, helped me hone into the “so what?” of discovery. As interesting as whatever you’re doing is, if it has no purpose, it won’t have the ability to capture others and motivate them as well. My own “so what?” lead me to “Because I can help others,” which pushed me to become more involved in mentoring, in teaching, and in my will to better myself.

I learned what power confidence has on your performance. My time in Peer Mentors was outstanding this year, something I looked forward to every week, and much of it was due to how I carried myself when I walked into that classroom every Tuesday. I was ready to interact, eager to be a resource. I came in with my shoulders back, a strength in my stance, and that feeling of power changed how I acted and how others acted around me. That third-year confidence translated everywhere, leading me to take more chances to consult with professors and professionals, engage in more discussion and try new experiences.

I learned to be more mindful in what I devoted my time to. I’ve always been good at following directions, but I haven’t always been good at seeing if that direction is taking me where I want to go. Reflections, a habit I got into through e-portfolio and internship reflections, made more mindful of what steps I take. I dropped Folklore Student Association because, although it would look nice and let me practice skills, it wasn’t something would help me grow. I put more effort into KindCarts, my crafting organization, because programming and service have become by-words of my own mission in life. I joined Wellness Ambassadors to gain more of a practicum into public health. Instead of just applying randomly to one of the senior class honoraries, I researched them in depth to see which would be a better fit for me. I ended up applying to Sphinx Senior Honorary because of the focus on community, and ran for Chaplain to be a part of creating it.

Junior year has been, thus far, the best year of my life. It was a time of growth that went inward and outward and brought me to a better, more aware, version of myself.

Junior Year Timeline

Summer Semester

  • Took a Maymester course
  • Honors Contract Approved
  • Appointed Communications Director for MUNDO
  • Began job as a University Ambassador for Undergraduate Admissions
  • Became a Volunteer at Global Gifts nonprofit
  • Enrolled in the Summer Undergraduate Research Institute
  • Received the Undergraduate Research Office’s (URO) Research Scholar Award
  • Ran an independent research project on the combined effects of stress-sensitization and chronic stress
  • Became a URO Peer Research Contact
  • Began internship with H&S Advising Office
  • Began working with Emerging Eminence Cohort with Mortarboard Senior Honorary

First Semester

  • Served on the Undergraduate Research Office’s (URO) Spilling the Beans Student Panel
  • Presented “The Effects of Chronic Stress on Stress-Sensitization in Mice” at the Fall Undergraduate Research Forum 2015
  • Presented “Marchen with the Melody” at the Fall Undergraduate Research Forum 2015
  • Attended the “Bringing Leadership Skills to the Job” Bootcamp
  • Joined the planning committee for MUNDO’s 2016 STEP Cohort
  • Joined Neuroimmunology Journal Club
  • Completed my internship project, “Navigating Controversy,” with the A&S’s Honors Advising Office
  • Received Professional Development Grant from Critical Difference For Women
  • Served on a panel presentation for the Leadership Initiatives for Women of Color
  • Organized MUNDO and KindCarts service with Buckeye Village Fall Festival
  • Assisted in the facilitation of “Excelling in Honors” with First Year Success Series
  • Became a Site Lead with InspireOSU
  • Take Your Professor to Lunch Program with Dr. Bennet Givens
  • Became a Wellness Ambassador for the Student Wellness Center
  • Made Dean’s List for the fourth time

Spring Semester

  • Presented at the “Speaking of Summer Research” Panel with the Undergraduate Research Office (URO)
  • KindCarts gets its official logos
  • KindCarts Service Initiative celebrates its first anniversary!
  • Meeting with Dr. Teresa Long, Public Health Commisioner for Columbus
  • Attended Leaders Emerging and Developing (LEAD) Retreat
  • Attended Annual Conference on Leadership and Civic Engagement: Life Links 2016
  • Accepted to Undergraduate Research Office’s Student Advisory Council (SAC)
  • Won an Undergraduate Student Government Academic Enrichment Grant
  • Went on a service-learning trip over spring break with MUNDO to to Boston, Massachusetts, and New York, New York
  • Served on a panel discussion for “Undergraduate Research for Honors Learning Communities” with the URO
  • Take Your Professor to Lunch Program with Dr. Charlie Campbell
  • Attended the 6th Annual Ohio State Women’s Summit: Power of Me
  • Inducted into Sphinx Senior Honorary
  • Elected President/Student Coordinator (of Communications) for MUNDO
  • Recieved Undergraduate Education Summer Research Fellowship
  • Elected Co-Chaplain of Sphinx Senior Honorary
  • Presented “Marchen with the Melody: Uncovering the Structure and Function of Music in Fairy Tales” at the OSU/IU Folklore and Ethnomusicology Conference (Embodied Expression: The Body in Academia, the Field and the In-between)
  • Made Dean’s List for fifth time

Junior Year: A Work in Progress

Chapter 3: How Does Your Garden Grow?

As I embark on my junior year, I can only speculate about my journey. I stayed on campus during the summer and it feels as if I transitioned immediately from second to third year. Over the summer, I enrolled in the Summer Undergraduate Research Institute and received the Research Scholar Award, using it to begin my own independent research project on stress-sensitization and chronic stress. The responsibility I was given was on such a different level than I was previously used to. Planning, ordering supplies, handling live animals and behavioral testing: I was involved in every step of the way. The experience was so incredible that I signed up to be a Peer Research Contact and plan to present my summer research, as well as my fairy tale research, at the Undergraduate research forum.

Summer also marked the start of other, personal projects. I started working as a University Ambassador and learned so much more about Ohio State. I so enjoyed spreading my spirit to potential Buckeyes, whose perspectives threw me back to my own college search. I was appointed to be Communications Director for MUNDO and began designing the marketing, revamping our newsletter and generally venturing into new venues of technology. I finished setting up the details of my internship for the Honors Advising Office and can’t wait to see where that leads me.

It’s only the first week of the new semester and already everything seems so new. As I look at my schedule, a mix of undergraduate and graduate classes, as well as my personal schedule, I’m so excited to see what growing and progress is in store for me!

Sophomore Year Timeline

First Semester

  • Began volunteering at James Cancer Hospital
  • Started working in stress and immunology lab, learning new techniques and concepts
  • Accepted into SHADOW Program at OSU
  • Added an English minor
  • Organized the OSU Blanket-Making Drive Collaboration of MUNDO and ResLife
  • Established Kindness on the Carts (KindCarts) Service Initiative
  • Completed a research project about the intersectionality of the Black/African-American and LGBTQ+ communities-deposited in the OSU Folklore Archives
  • Went on a service-learning trip over winter break with MUNDO to New Orleans, LA

Second Semester

  • Joined OSU Sexual Violence Committee
  • Participated in Women in Medicine Mentoring Program-Mentee
  • Won an Honors and Scholars (H&S) Academic Enrichment Grant
  • Attended Annual Conference for Civic Leadership and Engagement
  • Presented with the H&S Advising Office at 2015 Ohio State Advising Conference
  • Received Emerging Eminence Award
  • Served as “A Day in the Life of a Buckeye” Host
  • Re-elected Action Team Leader for MUNDO
  • Applied for and accepted into Peers REACHing Out Program for suicide prevention-unable to accept position
  • Promoted to Honors Lead Mentor for H&S
  • Completed a research project examining the form and effect of music in fairy tale adaptations-deposited in the OSU Folklore Archives
  • Switched to a Folklore minor during finals week
  • Completed my Honors Contract
  • Made Dean’s list for third time

Sophomore Year: The Next Page

Chapter 2: Growing Upwards

The first word I think of when I remember second year is enrichment. As my focus became narrower, my findings became richer. I explored my passions, my curiosities. It was like looking through a kaleidoscope or venturing into Oz. You find so many colors and facets that you didn’t know existed, but it seems just right that you had found them.

Many of my defining experiences came from expanding upon different interests that I found freshman year. Time and time again, I heard of incredible opportunities—from listservs, advisors and friends—and took advantage of as many as I could, whether it was attending/presenting at a conference or finding new shadowing possibilities. From applying to be an ambassador for suicide prevention to joining the OSU Sexual Violence Committee, I also sought to take a more active role in the issues and activities that I believed in.

Academically speaking, I was taken aback by the rigor of the course load that I had. Although a period of transition from high school to first year definitely existed, the gap I spanned was infinitely smaller than the chasm from first to second year. I started getting into my major classes, like Neuroscience 3000 and into harder sciences, such as Organic Chemistry. It was no longer sufficient to take notes, attend lecture and do the homework. After struggling initially for a foothold, by second semester, the ground had settled beneath me. I attended office hours for the first time; I changed my note-taking style; I joined more study groups. My new study habits will definitely continue through my college career, until another transition gives me the opportunity to evolve it once more.

Research entered my life sophomore year in a big way. I began going into lab 10hrs/week to learn more about stress and immunology. qPCR, immunohistochemistry, cryostat. My everyday life filled with techniques that once only existed in textbooks. But, neuroscience wasn’t the only research that captivated me. While fulfilling a GE requirement, folklore research entered the picture. As we learned more about different communities, traditions and customs, researching that field became interesting. Always interested in different identities, I decided to focus my end-of-semester project on examining the intersectionality of the Black/African-American and LGBTQ+ communities. I enjoyed the class, and research, enough to enroll in an upper-level English class, focusing on fairy tales and reality. The class cemented my love for the discipline and I switched from an English minor to a Folklore minor. I continued the research project that I began in that class, studying the form and effect of music in fairy tale adaptations, into the summer and began to seriously contemplate undertaking an honors undergraduate thesis.

In a more subtle way than research, volunteering also began defining my sophomore year. It started with weekly shifts at the James Cancer Hospital as a Restful Nights volunteer. Every Friday and Sunday, I had the opportunity to visit the patients and make them more comfortable through hand massages, handing out amenities or just conversing with them. Seeing the impact, firsthand, that a few words and a few hours could have, I unknowingly started directing my time towards service. I organized a campus-wide blanket-making drive for a local homeless shelter, planned and attended a service learning trip to New Orleans. Yet, my largest project, and achievement to date, has establishing the Kindness on the Carts Service Initiative.

As a Restful Nights volunteer, I saw the impact of the donations on the cart. While eye masks and ear plugs made the patients more comfortable, a card or decoration lifted their spirits. I began incorporating projects into my Random Acts of Kindness position, making cheerful pick-me-ups for the patients. Sometimes they were notes or cards; other times it was decorations for their rooms to brighten their environment. I loved doing it, and I loved that the patients’ smiles. Every time someone told me that their pick-me-up brightened their day, a little light sparked inside me. I started the Kindness on the Carts Service Initiative and eventually was awarded an Honors and Scholars Enrichment Grant in order to expand my plans. To date, KindCarts has created over 200 donations and volunteered for over 120 hours. Our projects have been able to diversify, allowing us to offer everything from simple cards and handmade bookmarks to mini Hope Gardens and stress-relief DIY kits.

If first year was a sprout, second year was a shoot. Everything—my academics, my social life, my organizations—grew upward, strengthening what was already there and starting to sprout new leaves and new buds. As I stretch and reach out, I can’t wait to see where I go and what new connections I’ll  make.