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  • That Time I… realized my potential | The Current
    as the teacher s assistant in my microbiology class Working in dental offices and shadowing D3s and D4s ever since high school I thought I was set to be a successful financially stable dentist and my friends and family would be proud But two years before graduating college and going straight into dental school it hit me Is this the American Dream Growing up I remember drawing in the front and back covers of library books I remember using my mom s lipstick to draw murals in my parents closet even after the age this action was acceptable I remember drawing end of the year caricatures of my classmates and distributing them throughout middle school I remember winning Gold Key and National Visions awards throughout high school In the first two years of college in the dental program I was still taking art courses I was still drawing doodles of the patients in the dental office and giving it to them after their appointments One day it really hit me and I was questioning whether I wanted to be a dentist I started to wonder Is this who I am At some point I think we all ask ourselves this question and look to others to find the answers But I answered my own question changed my major to studio art and took a job at the NSU Art Museum It was a leap of faith I didn t know if I made the right decision but I do know it s a decision I made just for myself What really reassured me on my decision was an experience I had this year Leading a docent tour at the museum for a group of 15 elementary students I asked one of them What do you want to be when you grow up He told me Batman and laughing I asked him why Unbelievably he said Because no matter what I want to help people and change their lives It was that moment I realized my potential Despite completely changing my major during my sophomore year from biology to studio art and balancing five to seven classes each semester for my junior and senior years I m proud to say that I ll graduate on time with the class of 2016 with a bachelors in studio art and a minor in business with opportunities set for my future With the help of my generous scholarships the unconditional support of my family and friends a whole lot of hard work and just a leap of faith the chance I got was the only chance I needed to realize my potential through a 5 year old boy who wanted to be Batman So who do I want to be I want to be someone who will help people and make a difference inspiring people to inspire others Who knows how but successful businesses don t know all their future steps before establishing their mission statements Life is not easy A lot of times

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  • That Time I … felt the ‘Bern’ | The Current
    going to be a part of an amazing era in modern politics with a politician who is truly campaigning for the people While I stood there my eyes skimmed over the crowd and I realized that there were so many young people chatting away all eager to see Senator Sanders I was already sweating from my anxiety to see Sanders and at one point I even thought Was this what it meant to feel the Bern I have heard Sander s rhetoric about taking down Wall Street and rebuilding the middle class through the radio and on TV However hearing it while standing less than fifty feet away from him made the words more meaningful His words surged through my body and left me with shivers I could close my eyes and be swept away by his speech it felt like he was standing right beside me because I felt every word The passion behind the speech and the response of the audience invigorated my love for politics After every impressive point he made the crowd roared in affirmation My hands were sore from clapping which I didn t realize until the adrenaline finally left my body Most contemporary politicians lack this sense of passion so being in the presence of such a genuine politician like Senator Sanders gave me newfound hope in American politics If I was the emotional type I probably would have cried but even then there were a few moments when I felt my throat tightening from trying to fight the tears Sanders mesmerized me because I am a black woman and the current racial relations have disheartened my thoughts about the political and justice systems Supporting a politician such as Senator Sanders who has a long track record in supporting human rights including his involvement in the Civil Rights Movement was done without hesitation Although he is in his 70 s his aura appeals to the youths and standing there right behind him I experienced that attraction first hand Standing there made me realize that I was standing behind a political anomaly one that maybe this generation will never witness again As a part of the new generation of politicians and political scientists I believe the integration of the youth into civil society is key for the perpetuation of a well oiled democracy Hearing that some of the youths choose not to vote based on not knowing anything about politics or just hating the current state of it is discouraging Senator Sanders reminded me that I am the future and I will be affected by the long term outcomes of policies In order for there to be change in the system I know that I have to get involved and make it greatly known that we will not preserve the status quo that includes economic inequality and corporate bought politicians After I left the Bernie rally I sat there and thought that I have the choice to take control I also felt like I had

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  • That Time I … went on the Steve Harvey Show | The Current
    t believe what it said We have picked your segment to air on television next week Would you be able to fly out next Monday and Tuesday to be on our show I immediately proceeded to message my other classmates in utter disbelief that this was actually occurring The purpose of the segment was to honor a professor who faced a medical scare during teaching but has not let it interfere with his or her teaching Dr Riskin is a highly admired professor at the College of Pharmacy where she teaches pharmacotherapy and patient care management labs There is no professor at the college for which I would be any more excited to honor than her The worst part about this was that although many of us would see her every day we had to keep it a secret because we wanted to surprise her Before we knew it it was time to fly out to Chicago where the episode is recorded My friend Ariel and I were lucky enough to be able to fly out together We carefully planned all of the tourist spots we would pick to make sure that we would not run into her and ruin the surprise That night we got the script sent to us from the producer and that s when it all became real Reading how much of an impact she has had on each one of our lives made this moment all the more special However that didn t seem to help with the fact that our nerves were bouncing off the walls Recording day came Upon arrival to the studio staff swiftly sent us into our green room and told us that we were not allowed to leave the room unless someone escorted us in order to prevent Dr Riskin from seeing us in the halls They sent us to do our hair and makeup which was an experience in itself and then we had to rehearse our lines a couple of times so that we wouldn t be nervous During one of those rehearsals we got a text message from Dr Riskin s husband saying Is that you girls laughing We were in disbelief that we had managed to keep everything a secret for so long and something as simple as our giggling almost gave it away Thankfully the surprise was still on We walked on stage and this was where we met Steve Harvey He was an extremely nice guy He assured us not to be nervous that we were going to do alright and that everything was going to run smoothly The cameras started to roll and we each said our respective parts We then hid behind a wall in order to get ready for our reveal Dr Riskin came out and did her interview and then she learned that there were some people here who wanted to thank her We popped out to her surprise and her reaction was priceless We all told her how much

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  • That time I… went on a Soylent Diet | The Current
    said it is a bland but functional drink The reason I decided to embark on this journey was because after scouring the internet at 3 a m on a Tuesday I came across a video on Buzzfeed about a group of people who were only drinking Soylent for a week I had already come to the conclusion a few days before that I needed to find a way to control my calorie intake and eat healthier This seemed like the perfect opportunity to achieve my goals and who doesn t make impulsive purchases when they are sleep deprived It took about four days for my Soylent package to arrive at my doorstep It came with everything I would need for a week of only Soylent which were the Soylent powder and a nifty shake jug I actually got excited while opening everything as a feeling that I was improving myself washed over me I officially started my new diet on a Monday The first three days were easy I woke up made my jug of Soylent which would last me the entire day and began my regular routine I was able to save a lot of time since I did not have to go out to eat or cook for myself All of the time that I would usually dedicate to food preparation was reduced to putting powder into a jug of water and shaking until I felt satisfied which was about two minutes These three days were what I called the golden age of my journey I was still excited that I was trying something new and I was not missing solid food During this time I started having thoughts like I may never eat solid food again and This is the way of the future The fourth day of my diet was when it started to go downhill I began craving the feeling of chewing solid foods Every sip of Soylent reminded me of how much I wanted a burger It had not affected my mood at all and I was still able to feel the benefit of the time I had saved However I could tell that this was going to be a long week On days five and six I saw a change in my mood Everything seemed greyer and all I wanted was real food I called these two days the dark ages I was going a bit crazy and the time I was saving was no longer worth it I started asking myself Why am I subjecting myself to this and I truly hope this is not the way of the future Finally on day seven I cheated and ended my journey a bit early I called this even God took a rest on day seven I will probably never do this to myself again nor would I recommend it to anyone else Soylent was not something I could drink every day for every meal However it is good for when you are in

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  • That Time I…became my mother’s keeper | The Current
    me he had no idea why our mother was withering away Eventually on one of our lunch dates I finally mustered up enough courage to ask her what was going on She stared at me over her sunglasses for a few minutes drank a sip of wine and then muttered I m sick You don t need to know the details I m going to see a doctor and don t even start worrying Immediately I started to think the worst I felt a lump in the back of my throat as the tears started to well up in my eyes My mother was sick and she refused to tell me what was wrong I remember the day she went in for surgery I took a week off from school and planned to be there for her until she was healthy enough to fly back to Jamaica Her first day out of surgery was tough I slept in an armchair beside her bed Every other hour or so a nurse would come in and check her vital signs It was scary to see my mom in that situation and I hated leaving the hospital to go home It felt as if every second I spent away from her something bad could happen and I wouldn t be there to save her That s how I found myself thinking for the next couple of weeks that after she was released from the hospital she had to stay with me in Florida so that she could visit her doctors Even in the comfort of my apartment I was always paranoid that something would happen to her and she would a take a turn for the worst Most nights I would pull up a chair beside her bed and sleep upright holding her hand Sometimes she would wake up in the morning crying because of the pain and I would just have to sit there in the dark praying that she would feel better In the mornings I would spoon feed her porridge and read her the news as I tried to stir up some type of reaction from her Her recovery period was slow and taxing especially since it was a secret that only she and I shared She forbade me from telling the rest of the family so everyone thought that she just took an extended vacation Regardless of how she felt each day I got up and I was determined to make sure that my mother was taken care of I didn t care about school and I didn t care about getting good grades all I wanted to do was help my mother get better I found myself at school watching the clock because I wanted to make it home in time to give her her medications At 19 years old my life was no longer about me because I had become my mother s keeper She depended on me In retrospect I don t know how I managed

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  • That Time I … joined President’s 64 | The Current
    With my new found free time I quickly started filling it up with activities organizations and friends I had a mission to meet as many new people as possible After all I would be spending the next four years of my life with my fellow students After one semester I quickly found myself involved with numerous activities including rushing a fraternity participating in Super Sharks and joining numerous organizations With so many involvements I needed to prioritize and organize my time as efficiently as possible So I paid a visit to the Office of Student Success to get my life together It was after working with my student success coach that I found my college career take a sharp turn toward a very positive direction getting accepted into President s 64 My success coach surprised me when she said I ve put in an application for you to be a part of President s 64 as a freshman I had no idea what she meant or even what President s 64 was In all honesty I thought she recommended me for a scholarship like the Super Sharks program Just a few weeks later I found myself going through a very intensive three tier process consisting of a faculty administrator recommendation a thorough application and one of the most nerve wracking interviews I ve had thus far in college It was only after the thorough process that I finally understood the magnitude of what that recommendation to President s 64 was and the importance the program has to the school for the students the administration and the community President s 64 is a group of 64 undergraduate graduate and professional degree seeking students All of the students who decide to join P64 are then trained on becoming student ambassadors for the president and to represent him and the university at numerous events including ambassador board meetings recognition ceremonies business meetings and president lunches We act as bridges of communication between the students and the administration giving feedback on initiatives Personally my favorite events are the ambassador board meetings where students get to meet the people who link NSU to the surrounding community by spreading awareness throughout their personal connections Among those at ambassador meetings are school board members who put in the work to make sure that new initiatives are created to make the school more and more prestigious and valuable to students lives Because of P64 I have gained a deep appreciation for the people who help make our school great and it s those people who have engrained the deep sense of pride I have for NSU From my experience I ve gained internship opportunities connections that have helped my friends and an appreciation for the people who donate and the opportunities that they give to students My biggest piece of advice to incoming students and new P64 members is to take full advantage of what college has to offer and to be an active member in the school

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  • That Time I … Presented at a conference | The Current
    Science Association Annual Conference I had never heard of the organization until I saw a call for papers earlier in the year I was definitely interested in presenting as political science is my passion I submitted a proposal for a paper I had written for a class called Foundations of Genocide The paper was on the role of the media in the Rwandan genocide which occurred in 1994 and led to 800 000 people being killed in 100 days I talked about the type of language the local newspapers and main radio station used to encourage people to participate in the genocide I have been studying genocide for over 10 years now and wrote my master s thesis on genocide prevention I had presented the paper in Boston in 2014 but that was a student conference The Northeastern Political Science Association conference is one for students professors and individuals working in the field of political science Therefore I would be presenting in front of people with more knowledge and experience than me Needless to say I was very nervous about presenting However my presentation went very well I was on a panel that contained two other students as well as two professors and I was the only female presenter on the panel Unfortunately I was the last presenter which definitely increased my nervousness Luckily the other presenters did a fantastic job and were very kind My presentation went well members of the audience asked me very good questions and my panel chair gave me valuable feedback at the end of the presentation I was told that my paper was very well written and presented which made me very happy I presented on the first day of a three day conference which meant I spent the other two days attending various panels There were so many to choose from that it was difficult to pick which ones to go to Luckily every panel I went to was informative and each presenter was well prepared to present I exchanged contact information with panelists whose papers I wanted to read and I connected with fellow students and academics in the field I thoroughly enjoyed being at a conference in my chosen field and getting back to my political science roots Although I am finishing a doctorate in conflict analysis and resolution and have greatly appreciated studying conflict from a variety of disciplines political science has always been my great academic love I read the BBC for international news every day and I am closely following the 2016 election The Northeastern Political Science Association Conference was a wonderful experience for me I was able to gain more presentation experience reconnect with the political science field meet some great students and professors and got to see the city of Philadelphia a place I had never been before My advice to my fellow NSU students is this if there is a conference you want to attend do your best to make it possible for you to

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  • That Time I… Interned in a lab | The Current
    brainstorms and shares different ideas to tackle a hypothesis and discover previously unknown information it s so intellectually exhilarating and addicting When Dr Tartar posted the link for the internship in the Summer Undergraduate Research Experience SURE at Washington State University on the Nova Neuroscience Facebook page I immediately visited it and began gathering everything I needed to submit my application Anxiety began to build after a month went by I had already been rejected from three internships and hadn t heard back from the rest of them Finally almost three months later I received an email from the director of the internship at WSU that I was accepted I arrived at WSU at the end of May and it was literally a race from that very moment First there were the necessary introductions then the overview of the program and finally I was whisked away to meet the members of my lab One of the most fulfilling parts of the internship was the fact that I began working on a current experiment being carried out in the lab They didn t give me a side project that would keep me occupied in order to prevent me from messing up anything they deemed important I worked on those important projects The project was centered on an increasing field of research that explores the role of epigenetics in different disorders Epigenetics deals with changes in physiological phenotypic traits due to external changes rather than genetic ones This lab specifically studied how chromatin regulators affected gene expression in a mouse model of Kabuki syndrome a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by face structure abnormalities some cognitive development delay and fine motor deficits I learned so much about genetics and how it is interwoven with neuroscience even to the point where I would say it is a critical component of neuroscience you can t study neuroscience without considering genetics The program itself was very helpful to me as a student and the program s organizers did a very good job of making all of the students feel welcomed at the university and to the community After this internship I feel like I came back to NSU as a smarter consumer of information and science One of the main reasons I seek out internships like this one is to develop my critical thinking skills in order to train myself as a future professional M D or Ph D I m learning more and more that asking the right questions can lead you to a wealth of knowledge that may have been otherwise inaccessible Another important lesson I learned is the cohesiveness necessary for a lab to run effectively I had the opportunity to speak with other people participating in different internships at WSU that summer and the horror stories of their experiences with their labs made me appreciate how welcoming my lab was to me and how cohesive they made things for me to begin working Overall this has been one of my most enriching experiences

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