Future plans: attend medical school —
This past year a group of my friends and I decided to create and install nature signs in Herman Baker park. With the majority of us being biology and environmental studies majors and minors, we wanted to give back to the Sherman and Austin College community by designing signs with information concerning the natural wildlife and vegetation that live in the park. I think people take for granted that when they walk along the Herman Baker trail they are alongside and into many habitats with a diversity of organisms that co-exist together. We wanted to educate the general public about the natural wildlife in the park. Working on this project with my friends was not only a great deal of fun, but also a worthwhile experience. This project has impacted me in a positive way and given me a sense of accomplishment and pride. Knowing that we are able to give back to the community through the opportunity Austin College presented us with is a great feeling.
The elements of STAR Leadership helped us accomplish our project. We would not have completed the project without proper problem solving and planning. These steps were essential to see our project all the way through. I believe that with every experimental design/project there will be set backs or obstacles that you cannot foresee. The important part when facing these dilemmas is how you handle the situation. We handled the situations very well and made adjustments to our project where we deemed fit. With 5 group members we had 5 different perspectives of how to best go about tackling any challenge which was a huge boon. I think that this project would not have been so successful if we weren’t such a great team. As I said, we were all friends coming into the project, but working on the project for the past year definitely fostered relationships and brought us closer together.