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Saying Goodbye To Freshman Year

Saying Goodbye To Freshman Year

I look back to June when I first stepped foot into Alice Lloyd Hall for the Summer Bridge Program and now 10 months later, my freshman year is over. I honestly don’t know whether I should be happy or sad. All that I would ever hear people say to me was “oh you’re just a freshman, you have plenty of time” and now I’m starting to believe that’s not true. This year has gone by super fast and I feel like I had so much more to accomplish, but I am happy with everything that I have accomplished so far. My first year of college was not easy. Having tests, sicknesses, anxiety, and stress all at once was something I never thought I would have to deal with until I came here, but I learned how to cope and deal with it and I moved foward.

I was truly blessed to have great classes and learn so much more about the field that I am interested in. I never thought Adam’s class would change my life but it has and I have decided to take another route and go into Public Health. The second semester presentations and speakers really spoke to me personally and I enjoyed every minute of them. Along with great classes, I had a strong support system and I have made lifelong friendships. Coming to University of Michigan was my dream and I am truly blessed to be here. I look foward to many more great years of awesome classes and friendships.

I remind myself everyday that I am here for a reason and that reason is to become the best in what I want to do in my future. I am very proud of myself and I will continue to push myself to be even greater.

Thank you for a wonderful year everyone.

Research Is Out There!

Research Is Out There!

I came into this university not wanting to do anything with Research. I said to myself “research is boring and I don’t have time to sit in a lab all day.” But I soon found out that all research is different and it can actually be fun.  Clearly I knew nothing about research until Adam’s lecture because I never knew how many people struggled with getting funds and actually completing their research. A lot of what we know today comes from research and I would think that it would be a priority to fund all research projects especially when they are so important. I knew of the Tuskegee experiment before Thursday’s lecture but I was shocked to hear about the government funding it, and it made me think of the reasons why it may be so difficult for people to get funding for their research now.

I hope to actually conduct my own research on finding specific causes for Dementia/Alzheimer’s and once I find that out I am hoping to find a cure. Everyone wants to find a cure to everything but I am determined that I can actually do it, but it all starts out with a strong foundation of research. After Adam’s lecture I am more determined to get my research started. Do any of you feel the same way? Is there any research that you all would like to start and if so, what?

End of The YEAR!

End of The YEAR!

I am so blessed to have almost made it through the semester. My semester was nothing like I expected but I stayed strong and kept going. I was no doubt terrified my first day of college because I knew nothing but the little exposure I received during Summer Bridge, but I kept hearing that my fall semester would be no where near the same. Those people were totally right and unfortunately I had to let go of a certain class. I knew that it was the best decision for me and I did not want it to hinder me from all of my other classes.

Even though I was terrified of entering college, I entered the greatest time of my life. I have met so many wonderful people, especially from Chicago. I have learned so many things(good and bad lessons) but everything is helpful and it will only lead me to success. I have experienced so many amazing things. Having the opportunity to shadow people through HSSP Observations has been amazing and I hope to enter the medical field in the future. Even though I have been exposed to many other careers within the medical field, I still feel that I am meant to be an OB/GYN. I pray that everything I have learned in HSSP and UC this semester and next semester will prepare me for the future.

Reading my letter to myself, I have told myself that I would like to improve on my study skills. I would say that I have improved but I know that I can do better and I will do better especially with Bio 171 coming up next semester. I am looking forward to all these new opportunities and experiences and also improving my study habits while maintaining my social life. I know it only gets harder from here, but this is just the beginning and I am happy to have made it through my first semester at U of M.

Which Plan Is The Best?

Which Plan Is The Best?

Election day is approaching and unlike me, many of you all are 18 and have the right to vote. Voting is something serious and every vote counts. As you go out to the polls keep these strengths and weaknesses  in mind about Health Care Plans from both of our candidates.

In Hilary Clinton’s plan she discusses that she wants improvements for prescription drugs. One of her strengths is that she wants to reduce the cost of prescription drugs. In one year the cost of prescription drugs increased from 2.5% to 12.6%. Reducing the cost of prescription drugs can be a benefit to everyone in America. Even though Hilary has a great plan for Prescriptiom Drugs, she also has a few weaknesses. Her weaknesses involve expanding Medicaid. If she expands Medicaid she believes this will make the environment easier but it will also affect those of low income. I know that it may be hard to supply for those of low income, but we must not forget about them and make their lives worse. Every plan that gets put into play, should be able to provide for people with any income.

Onto our other candidate Donald Trump. Donald’s plan is to get rid of the ACA and start over from scratch. I feel like this is one of the weaknesses of his Health Care Plan. Why would we put our country through even more harm and troubles when it has taken us so long to get to the ACA. There is no need to start over and he should just build on what we already have. In the year 2016, we have no time to try out new plans, we must build on what we already have. With his plans to ditch Obamacare, he does have one good thing in mind. Trump wants to reform mental health programs and institutions. The reformations of these programs are needed. They need a change and they need improvement because many people tend to forget about those who have mental health issues and most times there aren’t good enough programs to provide for people with these issues.

To my fellow HSSP students, do you agree with these strengths and weaknesses, or do you feel the opposite way about them?