If I could travel back to the beginning of my freshman year I would tell myself to worry less and believe in myself. I think everyone gets nervous starting over in a new environment and it’s easy to get anxious. Especially, because high school teachers have told every student countless times “this type of work won’t be acceptable in college.” Walking into freshman year I had convinced myself that I would never get an A again and that I would have to spend all my time in the library. Slowly throughout the year I have learned that you don’t have to lock yourself in a library to do well in school. In fact, sometimes you’ll start doing better if you have some time and let yourself relax. As soon as I stopped staying up until 2 in the morning taking notes and reviewing my quizzes 80 times, my grades actually began to improve. I think that i had psyched myself out so much that I couldn’t focus on work. By believing in yourself and your abilities you’ll do better in school and you’ll need less effort to do it. Just remember college is supposed to be fun, don’t stress about it and you’ll do fine.
Research is a job where you can become consumed by your job and finding an answer. This week we focused on multiple research projects that marginalized groups in order to gain more information about the human body and diseases. A lot of these researchers got so involved with their work that they lost sight in what they were actually doing. I think that they were so focused on the end goal of their project that they forgot who they were hurting.
In order to stop people and researching from perpetuating their behavior laws and regulations have been put into place. The Nuremberg code put guidelines into place that forces researchers to get their projects approved and states that participation is voluntary for everyone. They also put guidelines into place that keep participants away from danger.
It is important that we discuss topics like these in order to stop them from happening in the future. By facilitating conversation people become more aware of what is unethical and will hopefully think before they try to complete similar research. Unfortunately, these occurrences have left multiple groups of people to distrust medical professionals, which has negatively affected their health. Studies have found that there is a correlation between older black men’s life expectancy and the Tuskegee research. My question is, how can we restore trust between the groups in these research projects and medical professionals?
While looking back at my letter from the beginning of the year, I thought I was prepared for everything in college. Coming from Ann Arbor I came in knowing a lot of people, being able to navigate around the campus and able to go home whenever I was sick. I thought I had planned how the next four years were going to go. As soon as college started, I knew my plans were going to change.
Hanging out with old high school friends was nice for the first week, but it didn’t allow me to meet new people. Between catching the bus up to north and always having to reschedule things to fit our schedule, meeting up regularly for simple things like eating became a task. I began branching out and meeting new people in Couzens and discovered how fast I could become friends with people who i’ve only known for such a short period of time.
In my letter I talked about how I was ready for classes to start and how i’d be motivated than I was my senior year. This momentum lasted for about a month until I realized school work is exhausting. I started taking six hour naps and watching movies and my grades reflected it.
Once I saw my grades slowly declining I realized that I needed to change my ways from high school. It was important to meet new people but at the same time i’m here to get an education. It’s okay that sometimes things don’t go as planned but you always need to reevaluate where your life is headed. College has gone by so fast, i can’t believe that we’re already through the first semester and i’m excited to see where I am in four years.
Thursday’s lecture about health disparities of LBGTQ people was shocking to me. I never knew that after all of these years LBGTQ are still being mistreated, especially by doctors and other medical staff who are supposed to be helping everyone.
What surprised me the most was the HIV/AIDS epidemic and how nobody took action. The entire outbreak could have been minimized if HIV was not written off as the “gay disease.” The government and healthcare professionals didn’t take action because they figured the disease wouldn’t affect them. Their lack of action and sympathy led to an entire epidemic that killed thousands of people.
It also surprised me that people don’t know about the preventative HIV drug that is on the market. Especially after the deadliness of the original epidemic, you would assume everyone should know how to avoid a similar situation. Insurance companies and the drug company cover most of the cost of the drug, yet not that many people are using it. Or the people who are using the drug are at the lowest risk of actually getting HIV. There is a lack of awareness for such a useful drug that could save thousands of lives.
The United States is supposed to be an accepting place where everyone has the opportunity for a better life. But as a country we have a history of forgetting about and mistreating minority populations. My question is what steps do we need to take in order to fix this problem and give equal treatment to everyone?