I am working on my 3rd year as an undergrad here at Xavier where I am studying Biology and finishing up my Chemistry studies. I am in pursuit and have intentions to attend medical school to complete my education and become a physician. I have lived in the Greater Cincinnati area my entire life, but still decided to reside in a dorm my first two years and now I am stationed in an apartment with my closest friends. I have immersed myself in the Xavier experience thus far by engaging in student organizations like the Student Activities Council, on-campus clubs like Biology Club and Relay for Life, and pre-professional health committees like Student Health Educational Leaders (SHAC) and Alpha Epsilon Delta. I am going into my second year assisting the current students as a General Biology Supplemental Instruction leader. Topping my list of achievements at Xavier, this past academic year I was granted a position on Xavier’s Interfaith Community Engagement Medical Mission Trip to Guatemala along with 11 other pre-professional health students from Xavier. The experience was unforgettable, eye opening, and very assuring that I was on the correct career path. Lastly, I spend two of my three weekend nights during the school year working in the Emergency department at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital as a medical scribe. As a scribe, I pair up with the assigned medical provider for the duration of my shift and essentially write their patient charts’ for them. I document all the elements of their patient encounters in order to increase ED efficiency and increase the level of detail for each chart.
During my study breaks and days off, I like to longboard, jam out to punk/alternative music, watch documentaries, or play Super Smash Bros with my roommates. When I really find those long breaks from school and work, I really enjoy spending time with my 2 year-old, wild, little brother and my infant little sister.
My Brueggeman Fellowship project is focusing on the factors involved in a hydroelectric dam construction plan in the Patagonia region of southern Chile. The project is controversial in that it has the potential to significantly depreciate the natural state of the wilderness and its inhabitants for the sake of economic development in the form of harnessing cheaper energy. The fate of the construction project is meaningful because the Chilean ecosystem has been kept relatively untouched by man-made dams. If a project of this magnitude were to pass, then it could lead to greater ecologic change and more construction plans that would take away the unique identity of the Patagonian wilderness.
A documentary entitled 180°Degrees South, which is produced by Woodshed Films, is what enlightened me to this environmental issue. If you have access to Netflix, this film is available to watch instantly online. Otherwise, you can purchase it for a small fee through Amazon.
Additional web information can be found through these few websites: http://sinrepresas.com/, http://www.tompkinsconservation.org/home.htm, and http://www.conservacionpatagonica.org/home.htm.
What They're Doing Now
I currently am docked in a research stage. The construction plan had been proposed for 8 years. During that time, it faced a great amount of scrutiny and aversion from the Chilean public and roughly 30 environmental activist groups. Within this past summer of 2014, the Chilean government declared official legislation to decline the proposal. Therefore, I am now in the process of gathering more descriptive information regarding why the government declined the bill because it is very rare instance when the environment is spared at the cost of economic prosperity. I am also in the process of reading novels and texts like: In Patagonia by Bruce Chatwin and Act III in Patagonia by William Conway, in hopes to gain further insight into the history of Patagonia.