Hello, my name is Zhiwei Wang and some of you may know me as Zach. I am a freshman from Cincinnati, Ohio attending The Ohio State University majoring in neuroscience along with plans to minor in either biomedical engineering or computer engineering. I am taking the pre-medicine pathway provided here at the university; I am here with the dream to gain acceptance into one of America’s top medical schools and to become a physician that will exceed even my own expectations. I have a clear interest in prosthetics and that is the reason for my interest in my minors, I firmly believe that neuroscience with coincided with engineering can lead to an advancement in the field of prosthetics and I want to be a part of that advancement when the time comes. I am also a part of Ohio State’s Buckeye Tennis Club, it’s a non-travel club so I won’t be playing competitively but if you ever want someone to play with please let me know!
The reason I chose the biological sciences scholar’s program at The Ohio State University is because I believe communication is important in our globalized world, being in a community housing program will allow me to meet others who potentially share the same interests and ideology as me. I have always wanted a career in medicine so I have actively sought out opportunities in Cincinnati to expand my interest in medicine. I volunteered at a local hospital near where I lived in Cincinnati every week during the weekdays, that gave me an insight into the working environment at hospitals. Through that hospital, I have also participated and volunteered with events both holiday related and medical alike; I participated in blood drives drawing blood and labeling blood and I have helped to set up decorations for holidays to lighten the environment at the hospital. It is also there where I got the chance to meet some incredible physicians who gave me a chance to operate with the Da Vinci SII surgical robot, it was an experience that highen my interest in medicine but it was also the reason why I became interested in engineering. The robot showed me the blend of modern technology and how it can benefit medicine and I fell in love with that concept. During my junior year in high school, my AP Chemistry teacher saw my interest in medicine and nominated me for a national conference about medicine at the University of Chicago; it was my first time that I got to meet so many other people who were the same as me, it was truly a unique
experience! I believe that is all there is to me and I hope that if you are reading this please get to know me in person as well!
During the first couple of months of college, I was so stressed, I was overwhelmed by the new enviorment and the difference in size of all my courses. During that time I was grateful for all of my high school friends who stood beside me when I was transitioning, most of us were quiet and we didn’t particularly like to socialize with new people so I think it was hard for most of us to find another group for us to be a part of. It was hard, the first time I met people whom I share some connection to was in the Biological Scholar’s group, there was a community housing style and I had a good start with the people across the hall. I was good to meet some people rather than none, I then went on to meet some amazing people who are in the same major as I. I still need to find people who I can truly connect to and this will slowly happen during all 4 years that I am here. My original expectation for the scholar’s program was a lot more, I was hoping for more connections towards the hospital or other professors who I might have in the future. The scholar’s group tried to attempt that but to a minimum, there were events that brought the first-year student towards basic steps in advancing in a career for medicine; however, there was nothing extensive most of which was basic information.
I chose the biological sciences scholar program because it seemed like a good idea to be around others students who have the same interests in science as I do. I was hoping to meet pre-medicine students as most of our classes would be similar and the community would be able to help each other out. I enjoy competition so I was hoping that being in this program I would find people like me, I also enjoy thinking of starting programs that are outside the norm and I would like the input of people who knows and agrees upon what I want to do. I feel like being able to understand one another is a trait that is required if you ever want to do anything in society, that is one of the two struggles leaders face. They have great ideas but if they cannot convey it to the general public the idea is useless, also another problem is all the hopes and regulation that needs to be solved before the program can take effect. Policies and finances play so much into what a person can or cannot do, they dictate if a person will become a leader or just another ordinary person with great ideas.
My family is very traditional and care very much about the core of our culture; since I was raised in a society where family values and social values differ I was able to experience the best and worse of both. There are some things where others are confused on why I am who I am and why I act differently to them, it is because the way we were raised and our belief and values were different. I believe that people need to experience different cultures to truly understand the person and accept them for who they are. At OSU I would like to spread my own culture by being part of the Asian American clubs on campus, they share multiple events together and going to the event I meet people who are the same as me and had the same upbringing. These events are open to everyone so during certain holidays there are always events and I should try to get people to come.
I am currently in the Neruorecovery Lab at the Wexner Medical Center and we do research on how computer-induced therapy on patients who have a stroke and Parkinson’s. For patients with Parkinson’s, we use brain lesion to study the effects of the surgery and incorporate drugs to help aid the regeneration of dopamine in the substania nigra and help with movement control. I have currently been offered another position in another lab regarding Alzheimer’s by Dr. Bishiop. That lab is new at Ohio State and I believe it would be a great way to get to learn more about diseases regarding the brain.
I want to be able to take some 5000 level courses here at OSU before I graduate, there are multiple courses I would like to attempt that is in the college of medicine and is peaking my interest. I want to take courses well beyond the normal student.
I take lead in labs during sciences courses and I am currently working towards a leadership position in the medical innovation club.
Volunteerinig at the hosptitals and genreal volunteering oppertunites I get along my way. I also want to begin shadowing doctors at hospitals and that way I can learn new method of helping patients and to serve the community.