You, as a person: A kaleidoscopic view of biomedical engineering students during these trying times

When asked, in as much detail as they could muster, describe what “You, as a person” means to them, students of BIOMEDE 211, Winter 2020 provided the following answers on or around April 24, 2020.

You, as a person

  • “Not really sure…”
  • “I’d like to think, sitting here now, that I can describe and analyze circuits and systems!”
  • “I learned a great deal in this course and hopefully it shows.”
  • “Hopefully I am good enough to use what I learned in this class to change lives.”
  • “I hope to apply the knowledge I gained in this class and others throughout my life to work to help bring about good in the world.”
  • “Someday I hope to make a difference in the world through engineering, and will do my best to achieve that.”
  • “I am building myself up to someone who prospers in the field.”
  • “a learner, who is always curious to learn more about the world and how the world works around me.”
  • “a college student who is stuck in quarantine”
  • “a student at the University of Michigan, hoping to understand the fundamentals of electrical circuits and systems so that I am able to make a positive impact on the world once I enter the workforce.”
  • “a student […] studying biomedical engineering to eventually apply my studies/knowledge to real world problems!”
  • “a biomedical engineering student,”
  • “a Biomedical Engineering student.”
  • “a biomedical engineering student and citizen of the world”
  • “an undergraduate Biomedical Engineering Student”  
  • “A sophomore studying BME at UM”
  • “a BME student at Michigan who struggled a lot in this class, but kind of enjoyed the content.”
  • “a struggling now online biomedical engineering student who is upset to be home all day”
  • “just trying to keep my focus pass all of my exams.”
  • “Motivation has definitely been harder at home.”
  • “kinda freaked out […] right now, to be honest!”
  • “sweating”
  • “feels awkward taking this test in her bedroom.”
  • “relieved to have finished another semester”
  • “This entire school year has been very transformative to me”
  • “I moved away from home”
  • “I am seeing how I personally deal with a pandemic.”
  • “I decided how I wanted to be perceived”
  • “determined, but anxious all the time”
  • “I am aware of when it is healthier for me to worry less about school and more about myself.”
  • “but I also understand myself at least better than I used to”
  • “I learned that my heart’s contractions are caused by changes in potential.”
  • “I have learned that I am a living and breathing circuit.”
  • “a combination of circuit elements”
  • “all of the cells in my body can be approximated with a circuit of capacitors and resistors.”
  • “my body has electricity that can be measured”
  • “one giant, extremely complex system made up of trillions of subsystems.”
  • “a large collection of cells and atoms, whose main drive is to live and have offspring live.”
  • “the giant system holding all of these things together”
  • “full of electricity from the ion gradient within my cells.”
  • “the sum of numerous biochemical reactions”
  • “a being made up of all of these components and more.”
  • “a combination of many systems and my actions and thoughts are the response of my systems.”
  • “biological systems, systems of my environment and family, and many more that make up how I respond to any input I am given.”
  • “The systems of my body respond then by doing the task that is required.”
  • “I am many things.”
  • “a biomedical engineering major”
  • “a dancer”,
  • “a daughter,”
  • “a freshman,”
  • “a friend.”
  • “a hard-working and smart individual”
  • “a highly stressed individual trying not to bomb this exam”.
  • “a listener”
  • “a rapidly maturing guy with high hopes for myself.”
  • “a sailor,”
  • “a sister,”
  • “a student striving to learn as much as I can”
  • “a student learning about circuits so I can be the best engineer possible, and hopefully provide some useful things to this world to help people. I’m also like any other person with their own interests personal lives as well as feeling emotions etc.”
  • “a creative, loyal, hardworking, and reliable person.”
  • “pretty hard to define”
  • “Passionate, caring, and hopeful.”
  • “defined by my actions, beliefs, and aspirations.”
  • “taking in everything I possibly can”
  • “bringing in a different perspective and a creative way of thinking that comes from an open-minded, curious point of view.”
  • “I feel extremely grateful during this time in the world.”
  • “because I’m still learning all this stuff”
  • “trying to consistently push to become better everyday”
  • “trying to figure out who they are”
  • “usually self-conscious […], but I am determined to find something that makes me happy.”
  • “looking forward to better days ahead.”
  • “it drives me to try to do what is right versus wrong”
  • “I did learn a lot”
  • “I have learned about circuits, but I have also learned about myself.”
  • “I have no idea what I mean.”
  • “The possibilities are endless for what I mean”
  • “There’s still a long ways to go before I figure that out.”
  • “I mean a lot to myself”
  • “I, as a person, mean quite a bit to myself because I’m me.”