The summer before my senior year I participated in a bioinformatics internship at Bethune Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Florida. I used platforms such as Tableau and Microsoft Excel to categorize and present data that I accumulated over the four-week course. As I stepped in to the computer lab, I immediately felt unprepared and overwhelmed based on my lack of knowledge in the computerized field. I had made PowerPoint presentations in school, but nothing to this extent. I quickly caught on to the principles and gradually mastered the computer platforms. This experience gave me the opportunity to work with undergraduate students in science majors to expand my knowledge and understanding in both the biological and technological fields. Not only did I learn a tremendous amount about my project involving aquaporin, but I was able to understand the sophisticated working nature of a college environment.
Not only did I engulf myself and become more and more interested in my work, but I bonded with the students around me. I stepped out of my shy comfort zone and found myself benefitting from the affiliations with the various students. The overall experience confirmed that I had the maturity and discipline to excel in this college atmosphere.