During the spring semester of my senior year I was lucky enough to be chosen to work as a Laboratory Aide under the instruction of my favorite professor, Dr. Swanson. My role is to attend pre-lab lecture and help the students understand the experiment that they would be conducting later in lab. Then during lab I spent the majority of my time answering questions about the experiment, helping students stay focused and on track to finish in a timely manner and ensuring the lab would run smoothly by providing the students with the necessary materials like ice for ice baths, glassware and spectra for data analysis. Read more
Over a year ago, I began volunteering at the hospital in Mount Pleasant. I started working on the 3rd floor, helping out however I could. I mostly stocked shelves and cleaned residents rooms but I was also able to learn about the care provided to patients based on their symptoms. This year I had the opportunity to volunteer in the Emergency Department and in the Education Department. Both taught me many different things and introduced me to different sides of the medical field.
In the Emergency Department I was able to watch procedures such as a Pneumothorax and the removal of a Bartholin gland cyst. I also was able to witness a code red, which to most would not be an exciting thing, but I loved every minute of it. I met a lot of great people who helped my further my education by allowing me to watch these procedures and explaining everything they were doing during them to me. They also showed me how to read X-Rays and echocardiograms properly.
In the Education Department, I have the opportunity to work with they Nurse Educator at the hospital, who is in charge of keeping all the Nurses and Nurse Aides up to date on the always changing protocols in the hospital. When volunteering with her, I am responsible for making quizzes and assignments for the Nurses and Aides to complete to prove that they still know what to do in different situation. Some of the topics I have made assignments about are child abuse and neglect, intubation, and code reds. I also had the opportunity to organize crash carts and the supply room for them. This allowed me to learn about the uses for different medicines and tools used in an emergency.
I am so thankful for all the different opportunities volunteering at the hospital has presented me with. I plan to continue volunteering there for as long as I can because I feel like the things I learn at the hospital are just as valuable as the things I learn in the classroom.
Communication in Leadership is a different type of communications class. You don’t spend the semester preparing speeches and writing long essays about topics that you don’t really care about. Instead you learn about real world communication and how to apply what we have learned to your situation in order to get the best outcome possible. Read more
As a part of my Leadership minor I was required to take a class that challenged me to look at the world differently. Philosophy 118 is a class where you got to talk about all the topics that are banned in every other classroom. Topics like abortion, rape, and capital punishment were talked about on the daily in the class. Read more
For my Leadership Studies class, the 40 some of us were split into different groups. Each group was in charge of teaching the class a different leadership theory. My group was responsible for one of the harder topics: The Style Approach. I won’t go into too much detail, but basically, according to the style approach, there are four types of leaders in the world. Each of them leads in a different way and are more successful than others in certain situations. Read more
A lead chat is something that the Leadership Institute does every so often through social media, mainly twitter. They ask questions about every aspect of leadership and who ever wants to can reply or use the hashtag LEADChat to join in. My leadership cohort participated in one focused on mentor/mentee relationships. It was a week or so before we choose who we wanted to be a mentor to, so it was a good way to reflect on our relationships with our mentors and think about how to make those our relationships with our mentees even better. Read more
The American Experience.
This class was probably the worst thing that I have ever experienced in my life and I think that if you talked to anyone else in the class, they would agree. I like history, so I was really excited for this class at the beginning of semester, but as soon as the first lesson was over, I knew it was about to be rough. Read more