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Research Conference

This past week, I have been given the opportunity to come to a research conference. It is the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS). This conference took place in Anaheim, California. I went with the Penn State Millennium Scholars. I...

Thesis!!!

Thesis season is becoming more serious, especially for the seniors! I cannot believe that I am at this stage of my college career, it went by so fast!! When I first started this journey, I had so many misconceptions about writing my thesis. For example, When I started...

Struggle City

Something I am working on a lot this semester is to lean in to my struggle. As a total type-A perfectionist, the concept of struggling is BAD in my mind, end of story. I need to be on top of my game, homework done ahead of time, or else I feel totally out of control....

Missing the PLA class and Vegetarianism

Last Friday I went on a bar crawl with the actuarial science club. While my major is traditionally filled with quiet and reserved individuals, those who attended the crawl were actually very outgoing and easy to talk to. Being a social event, conversations were...

Will you really speak up? 

When I walked out of the 401 class last Wednesday, I really thought about my values. During class, Dr. Eury gave us the example of the CEO who was using company funds incorrectly and might have been cheating on his wife. While this was a loaded example for class...

Have I lived the wrong way for 19 years?

Five more weeks. Only five more weeks until the fall semester is done along with my study abroad experience. I have been reflecting a lot recently on my life and the ways in which I have changed since the semester started in September. Among the many wonderful...

Communication

Playing sports my entire life has taught me a lot of different lessons, but in volleyball I feel like communication is especially crucial to a team’s success. While in other sports one player can dominate the game if their skill is vastly superior to their...

Reflections in the Face of Tragedy

Being a nursing major, or a nurse in general, means often encountering people at what may very well be one of the worst, or most terrifying moments of their lives. Not all patients are in this situation, sure, but many of them are. Many are extremely ill or facing the...

Simplicity is not Stupidity

This past week on Wednesday, through my Global Engineering Fellows class, we got the opportunity to speak with Janet Kincaid, a member of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Department of Communication. Our class got to be a part of this conversation because as a...

The Honors 401 Class

While I am thoroughly enjoying my time in the Honors 401 class as it is right now, I think that there is a lot left to be desired with the way that the class is currently designed. As a Junior in the PLA, I had expected that the topics we would be discussing would...

A Crash Course in Team Building

Understanding what makes a good team or what brings a good team together is very difficult. Be it in a business setting, through a club, or any other area in which people have to work together, it is almost an assumed duty of leadership to engage in “teambuilding”, to...

NPR Podcast:Openness Versus National Security

This Tuesday I listened to an NPR podcast that talked about the dilemma of having Chinese spies in USA Colleges, mainly the graduate body that mostly does research.The government is concerned that Chinese people have access to USA research and that could help them to...

Household Leadership

Leadership can shine in so many different ways and scenarios, but one way I have been seeing it flourish in unexpected ways recently, more than ever, has been at our apartment. Leadership in the household, I’d like to call it. As you can imagine, a downtown apartment...

When Fear and Planned Goverment Mix

Fear has been the driving factor behind some of the world’s most atrocious events, today it is the multiple terrorist attacks across the globe, the nuclear program in North Korea, the war in Iraq, but a little less than 100 years ago it was the collectivization in...

They Serve, Too

With Veterans Day now on our doorstep, we come to remember and honor those who have answered the call to serve in our nation’s military. Whether Soldier, Sailor, Airman, Marine, or Coast Guardsman, the men and women who, as Jefferson once wrote, “mutually pledge to...

Why is it hard for some people to forgive?

  I went to SOC 119 with a friend because I heard how good of a class it was. In class, they had Sam’s friend Bosim talk about his family and the tragic event that happened. During the class, he talks about how he has forgiven the people who hurt them and...

The Stories We Live

Sometimes you find yourself singing to song or album, belting out the words as your hands drum away to the tempo.  Every word comes naturally.  You seem to feel the lyrics; this isn’t mere recitation.  You are living the song. The song, la canción, provides a vivid...

“The Defining Decade”

Earlier this week, I got a text from my sister in the afternoon. The conversation went as follows: Caroline:  I have a book you should read Me: ?? Caroline: It’s called the defining decade Caroline: I think you’d enjoy it Caroline: The career section particularly...

Curbing Senioritis: A (Hopeful) Survivor’s Guide

I can remember back to my senior year of high school when, after I got accepted to colleges, I had a hard time trying to keep motivation to complete assignments, study for tests, etc.  While I definitely had a harder time attending to my responsibilities, I still was...

Shadow Education

Although the first semester of my junior year has been one of the most intense and busy semesters, I’ve learned that I don’t perform well in introductory courses. These courses are often full of assignments and quizzes that I find both overwhelming and unnecessary....

Goals for Self-Care and Self-Preservation

In 401, we’ve been reflecting quite a bit on mental health and what burnout looks like. I appreciate that we’re discussing these topics on a more personal level, as we all know each other pretty well by now, as well as in a more traditional literature-driven context....

Environmental Injustice

In a world afflicted by interminable societal ailments, it is difficult to conjure up one issue that pains me more than others, however, one issue that I am particularly passionate about is environmental justice and the burdens that climate change imposes on...

There Is No Way God Is A Black Woman

A story is told of the astronauts who had just landed on earth back from space. Everyone was so excited that the astronauts were safely back on earth but the philosophers were more excited because they had one burning question to ask the astronauts. “So, did you see...

Why I Love “Rocy Horror Picture Show”

A couple of weeks ago I saw the “Rocky Horror Picture Show” downtown with a group of fellow queers I had previously met at the yoga club. In case you are a virgin (in this context, someone who has not yet seen Rocky Horror in person- which I would highly...
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