The Biological Sciences Scholar’s program has many events ranging from social gatherings to research lab visits. A service event that I am highly fond of is the visit to Wesley Glen once a month to host a bingo night for the elderly. The elderly always embraced us when we came, they tell many stories about their travels, reliving their past. The scholar’s program also set up a few research lab visits, personally I have gone to visit two: Dr. Word’s lab and Dr. Biesiadecki’s lab. Visiting these lab allowed me to learn more about the Ph.D route. Although the scholar groups offer many service and lab events, it also provide many social events. A favorite of mine was an event to watch the season premiere for season 8 of Game of Thrones. I am a big fan of GoT and the event allowed me to connect with other views of the show. Another memorable event was the honor’s social held outside of Kuhn’s house, the members in the program came together to enjoy some smores and ice-cream.
I am slowly learning to adapt to a new environment. I joined the Biological Science Scholar program, it is a living community that holds various events. In September I visited a cadaver lab with a few members from our scholar’s program and a couple from the health sciences scholar’s program, it was a unique experience and we were able to talk to the students in the master’s program there. I was unable to take pictures for that visit, but this week I attended a study session held in the Barrett lobby and it was a good change of environment when I was studying for the second chemistry midterm. The scholar’s program also gives us early scheduling time so we might actually get the classes that we want. I have learned in the program that there are a lot of other people who are on the same academic standing as me in college and I should probably not feel so arrogant all the time. There are times where you need to be proud of your achievements but there are also times where you need to keep your head down and learn from others.
For my national honors society project, my group and I programmed with two hospitals in the Cincinnati area, Cincinnati Children’s and Bethesda North, to create events for patients. At Cincinnati Children’s we organized an event revolving around basketball because it was during march madness, we utilize one of the large conference rooms and made it into a small basketball court. Then we opened it for the patients, we separated the games into ages so children from 3 to 18 can enjoy all the activities. It was a big success, we had multiple games running from horse, knockout, stations to teach young children to shoot and dribble. At Bethesda North we started a concierge program that allows students to interact more with patients and get a more in-depth look at the workplace environment. The program was designed so students can still do regular duties as a volunteer in addition to going into rooms and talking with patients with the nurses. An additional role was added where students can greet a patient from the front entrance and help them settle in from start to finish during their whole stay, there were only 3 people in this group that we created and it was me and 2 other people, 1 from my NHS group and 1 person who was homeschooled. This selective group was created first as a design to whether or not to enable all volunteers this options. Before I left for college I passed the program down to my younger cousins so they are now doing the 3rd year trials before implementing his program. Through this program, I was able to follow doctors into rounds in the cardiac intensive care unit, regular intensive care unit, and our hospital’s emergency department. Also through this department, we were able to participate in major hospital events such as operating the surgical robot DaVincii sII model, weekly interaction with surgical residents and attending and participate in a more in-depth learning experience. Through this experience, I learned that there are a lot of opportunities around you if you look hard enough and even though an idea may seem impossible, there are always people out there looking for the unexpected. You just need to take initiative into what you are passionate in and make your dream a possibility
I began playing tennis my junior year in high school, and that is when I fell in love with the sport. It all began as a challenge from one of my friends, the challenge was to beat her in a match by sping. Let me put this out there now, she plays at the national level while I have never touched a racquet in my life. So I began my journey in tennis one winter afternoon in my chemistry class, for the first few months tennis took over my life; I began spending 10 to 15 hours a week at a club, every moment I got I spent on learning how to serve a ball, hit a forehand, a backhand, and much much more. Tennis is so much more than it seems, there are so many variables that can affect the outcome of a match. The wind, the angle the racquet is at, the speed of your swing, the speed of the incoming ball, topspin, slicing, the height of the bounce, the location of where the ball is at in the court, they all affect how the pace of the game goes. Once into a game, the world around me disappears, the world results to me, my racquet, and the ball. I did not win against her during the spring but I did gain the appreciation for tennis, I found the sport I love and I would not have if it wasn’t for some silly challenge. That experience got me to join the tennis team at my school and I met some amazing people there. The lesson to be learned here is there are many things in life that are new. By trying new things you slowly uncover interests that were still unknown to you, it is important to experience new concepts and diversify yourself. Maybe something simple will surprise you.