CLAIRE SU-YANN JAMES
I am from North Canton, a small suburb about one hour south of Cleveland, and four hours away from Cincinnati. I had a graduating class of about 400, so it was not too small, but it was not too large either. As a young girl, I never imagined I would live in a city, but here I am! I love Cincinnati, and am proud to call it my home. I've grown to love this place as much as North Canton, if not more. Living in the city has taught me so much. I have met so many wonderful people, and from these people I have learned so many new things. They give me new perspectives I would have never conjured up on my own.
I am a third-year Information Technology major at the University of Cincinnati. I switched from Health Sciences to Information Technology, and it has been life-changing. I am interested in pursuing a career in software app development, and am proud to currently be working at my first co-op! I never thought I'd get to say that.
As a freshman, I've volunteered at Good Samaritan Hospital in their cardiovascular ICU. That summer ago, I worked at FUSIAN (a local enterprise, go Cincy!) Sushi in Hyde Park to bring "Easy, Casual, Sushi" to the public. That was a really fun, cool experience. I met a lot of cool people and learned a lot working in the food industry. Now, I can actually make a decent meal. Ramen is still delicious, though...
Sophomore year, I moved from the CVICU to the NICU at Good Samaritan. That was so lovely. There is nothing better than the smell of babies... I got to hold babies and cuddle them for three hours a week. Talk about serenity! Spring semester, I did behavioral research at Cincinnati Children's in their Department of Psychiatry. I got to work with an awesome post-grad student, and several dozen mice. That was another really interesting (albeit at times, smelly) experience too. That summer, I worked at UC International in their Study Abroad department, maintaining their database.
Now, as a junior, I've completed my first co-op at Medpace, Inc., a contract clinical research organization in Madisonville, and am currently pursuing my second one. It's kind of amazing how it all worked out. What some might consider a random slew of experiences actually helped me carve the path I'm currently pursuing, and I could not feel more blessed!
I am interested in traveling, culture, and food. Each of these interests are connected to each other in some way: I have visited countries across the world, including Canada, Malaysia, Singapore, and Australia. My most recent trip took me to the idyllic Iceland on a UC Honors faculty-led program. Having the opportunity to travel the world sparked my interest in both culture and food... I love getting to be immersed in different cultures, and for me, a large part of culture is the food! I love stepping out of my comfort zone and trying new things, especially new food!
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