Preferred pronouns: she, her, hers
Major: Biological Sciences
Interests: Paleontology, anatomy, creative writing, and drawing
Graduating Year: 2022
Involvement: I currently work as a research assistant in a paleontological lab on campus (Witmerlab) and as a peer mentor in the BIOS Advising and Resource Room. I am the volunteer chair of the Honors Community Council, and a member of the Undergraduate Research Immersion Program and Tri-Beta (Biological Honors Society). I am also currently pursuing a global leadership certificate and a museum studies certificate.
How has experiential learning impacted your learning and experience at OHIO? OR Why is experiential learning important to you?
Experiential learning has profoundly impacted my experience at OHIO by allowing me to test and evaluate my interest level in different career paths in my field. Coming into Ohio University, I knew that I was interested in paleontology. However, I did not know much about the different types of jobs or about the specific types of research that would be available to me. Being part of a research lab and a research immersion program, I’ve been able to make more decisions about the type of career that I want in the future, the type of work that I want to do in grad school, and even the types of classes that I want to take during my next years at OHIO.
Using one of your experiential learning opportunity as context, tell us upon a knowledge, skill, or attitude you learned in your experiential learning opportunity and how you have applied it in other contexts or to influence your future career path.
Through my time as a lab assistant, I have learned more about the importance of persevering through initial issues and difficulties. For example, some of my work has included creating 3D digital visualizations of turkey brains by using 2D images from CT scans. The program that I used to create these three-dimensional images was a software that I had never before worked with. After I started my first project, I used a method that was rather ineffective and time consuming. As I continued to work, I asked for advice, experimented with the program, and re-read the software manual to develop techniques that made my work faster and more effective. Learning to work through challenging situations using creativity and persistence has been a valuable skill that carries over to many other aspects of my work.
Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?
In 10 years, I would like to have obtained a doctoral degree in paleontology and be working as a curator in a natural history museum where I could conduct research as well as oversee exhibit fabrication and collection management. I would also hope to have gained more experience in scientific writing and biological illustration.
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