As the semester begins to wind down, and finals loom, I wanted to write a little update on how things are going.
Life at Georgia Institute of Technology
This semester has been very fruitful at Georgia Institute of Technology. I have been taking some very interesting classes and worked on two, group, semester-long projects.
One was in a User Interface and Design course where we developed a prototype of a chatbot app that records a users emotions through emojis and walks them through affect labeling. Talking through our emotions is very important to improve emotional understanding and overall well being, so it was a project I was very passionate about and enjoyed working on. Through this project I was able to learn a little bit about UI/UX, gain skills in tools like Adobe XD, and work on my second interdisciplinary team (the first was with a project I completed last spring in the College of Business in partnership with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta .
The second project was in my Intro to NeuroEngineering class where we looked at a gap in care for Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) Patients in pain management amidst the current opioid crisis. We researched and ideated six novel solutions to measure and / or manipulate pain in SCD patients. This project introduced me to new was of thinking about the brain and problems in current techniques of neuro-modulation and measurement.
My other two courses allowed me to take a deeper dive into the mechanisms that drive our body, specifically when looking at our cells. I was able to learn about gene editing techniques, population modeling, and how to use my current knowledge about biology and solve engineering problems.
In my lab, I was able to gain leadership skills and learn the importance of timing, planning, and logistics when leading a group of new users and incorporating them into our lab. It was really fun to work with the inaugural lab executive team and seeing all the great ideas and work my team members put into the lab.
The transition to online courses was difficult, but it was also very fulfilling. I am lucky to have a great support system and amazing professors who made the transition much simpler. I am approaching finals week with confidence in all I have learned this semester, and I am excited to apply my new knowledge and skills in my future endeavors.
Writing A Day of Humanity
I have had an amazing time working on my poetry book, to be published this summer! I have officially raised all the funds needed to pay for my editing and publishing costs. My first round of manuscript revisions is well underway, and I have a supportive editor who is providing helpful feedback. I also will be meeting with a cover designer soon to take my book one step closer to a professional finished copy. New Degree Press has been great to work with and I am looking forward to continuing my relationship with them as we move forward with my book!
As an incentive for the pre-sale of my book, I had announced that I would be dying my hair when I reached my pre-sale goal. After that happened I reached out to my beta readers to help me pick a color. I will be (temporarily) be dying my hair RED. Stay tuned to see the finished product!
My Summer Plans
If you haven’t seen my announcement from the fall, I was planning on interning with Roche Diagnostics this summer as a Coaguchek Patient Services intern. However, due to COVID-19 and the stay-at-home orders now in place, my internship will not be moving forward. Roche has been very communicative throughout this process. My job was centered around communicating with different areas of the business to get a strong understanding of the process and find areas of improvement. This would not have been conducive to a virtual assignment. as I would not have been able to give Roche the work they deserve and they would not have been able to give me the internship experience that they are committed to give. I am very grateful to Roche for their transparency in this process.
I am not sure where my summer will take me, but I do know that just because one door closed doesn’t mean many more are not open. I know myself, and I know that I will make my summer meaningful, even if I am still safer-at-home.