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If I could go back

If I could go back

When I first came to college, I was scared, intimidated and had no idea what to expect. The only thing that I was sure of was what I wanted to be when I graduate. I had my mind set on one major and planned my path after graduation. I thought that changing what you wanted to be meant that you were not sure of how you want your life to turn out and that it was an indication that someone is an undetermined person. I was sure that I will not be that kind of person and that I was going to change my mind what so ever. Little did I know that college was all about exploring who you are as a person and what you like. During the first semester, I still held onto the major that I was thinking about from the beginning tightly. I saw people change their intended majors all over campus and HSSP and thought that I would never do that. I was scared to change my mind. I was scared from being unsure. It took me the whole first semester and the beginning of the second to realize that keeping an open mind and exploring other areas is one of the most important things in college. I slowly started to be a little loose on my major and started to explore and research other areas that I was interested in. I realized that the world is a big place and it has many different aspects that are interesting and are worth exploring. So, if I could go back to the beginning of my freshman year, I would tell myself that it is okay to keep an open mind in the beginning of college and to be unsure because that is how I will find what I am truly interested in and not just any major that does not fit me well.

Research

Research

Throughout my academic career, I had minimal exposure to research. I only learned about it in classes and it was always very brief. However, Thursday’s lecture delivered by a researcher himself, Adam, covered many things that I never knew and opened my eyes to how broad the world of research is. Personally, I was surprised by how hard it is to get funding for a research project. I knew that it was hard but I just never realized the extent of it and that it almost needs “begging” in order to get funded. Another thing that surprised me was the extent of the inhumane research projects that have been done in the past. When I learned that people were exposed to deadly levels of electricity and heard that some were even put in ice baths to test the duration they can stay in it before dying, I was overwhelmed with shock. Thus, I am very glad that an ethical board exists now and that there are stricter rules to regulate research. One misconception that I had is the number of methods one can use to do research on the same topic. I learned that I underestimated the number of research methods that exist. Thinking about it now after learning the different methods, it makes sense to have so many different ones because researchers can choose to follow the method that can give the best and most accurate data.

I am currently not involved in research and I have never been before, however, I am hoping to participate in the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program next year. As for my future career, I think I will most likely be a consumer of research because I always want to know the most updated news in my field and make sure that I provide the best care for my patients.

End of Term Reflection

End of Term Reflection

When I first moved into the University of Michigan, I was super very and extremely nervous. I am the first child in my family to attend college in America so I had no idea what to expect and how to go about doing college things. After one semester here, I am very proud of myself on how I have been doing.

Professionally, one of my biggest worries was time management and balancing, however, after a little while I learned how to manage my time and be successful at it. I was worried about taking organic chemistry as a freshman and not doing well so I put in a lot of work and effort into the class which has been paying off. This class definitely taught me that hard work is key in college and I should take responsibility for my own learning, unlike high school where the teachers hold our hands in every step we do.

Personally, one of the things that I mentioned in my letter was being worried about not finding people to connect with and become friends. I am thankful to say that I have found a wonderful group of friends who have made my first semester of college full of great and fun memories that I will always cherish. I also feel like I have grown as a person. I became much more independent and aware of my values and who I want to surround myself in. I also developed new study habits that will most likely stay with throughout the rest of my college years. I am also very happy with the community that I chose to belong in. I was very nervous about it in the beginning but HSSP is now my family and I am very thankful that I am part of this wonderful community.

Trump vs. Clinton – Health Care Reforms

Trump vs. Clinton – Health Care Reforms

Allowing the purchase of insurance plans across the states can be looked at as one of Trump’s health care plans’ strengths. As the inhibition of buying plans across state lines is removed, competition increases as healthcare providers try to modify their prices to compete with others. That opens up more choices and better prices for consumers and lowers the premium cost.

There are of course some weaknesses in Trump’s plan. His plan to repeal the ACA can lead to serious consequences. The process to “completely repeal Obamacare” will cost the US more than it will save, increasing the federal deficit. It will also leave millions of Americans uninsured. In addition, nowhere in Trump’s plan does it mention individuals with preexisting conditions. If the ACA is repealed (with it the law that bans insurance companies from denying people with preexisting conditions) those individuals have no guarantee of how or even if they will get insurance. We also learned in class about the health care system throughout history and we saw how long it took for legislation to be passed and for the ACA to be created and implemented. It is clear that reforming the health care system is not easy nor fast, so Trump’s plan of repealing the ACA is basically destroying more than 50 years worth of work and starting from nothing. Therefore, I think this part of his plan would be very disruptive for the health care system and is a major weakness.

As opposed to Donald Trump, Hillary plans on keeping and expanding on the ACA which I think is one of her strengths in her health care plans. The country has already been through numerous health care reform attempts to arrive to the implementation of the ACA and building on it makes the most sense. One of her specific reforms is tax credit of $2,500 per person and $5,000 per family which would be applied against the sum of premiums, deductibles and co-payments. This reform makes coverage more affordable for people. Her plan would also increase the number of people with insurance by millions. Clinton also proposes opening up the importation of drugs and pharmaceuticals from abroad which opens up competition which is in favor of the consumers because they get more options and better prices.

On the other hand, even though the strength in Hillary’s reforms is making healthcare more affordable, they are going to cost the government millions if not billions of dollars which adds to the federal deficit. She does say that she will counteract these effects by posing taxes on higher income people but that will not be enough to make up for the expenditures the government is going to make in order to implement all of her plans. Other forms of taxes may be needed to make up for it and that would probably not be supported by the American people.

What do you guys think and what do you feel is a strength and weakness of each of the candidates’ health care plans?