Honors Summer Snapshots: Steph

Ever wonder what Honors students do during the summer? Instead of doing “traditional” blog posts this summer, Honors Ambassadors and students will be taking you into their summer routines via photos. Steph Kohles shares what life is like at home for the summer, and blows my mind with a geography lesson (at the very end!):

Hello! I am spending the summer at home in South Dakota because rent is free and my mom makes bomb lasagna. Disclaimer: South Dakota is way cooler than everyone thinks.

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I decided to make “become a morning person” a goal this summer so every morning I force myself out of bed and on a run like a crazy person. Conclusions thus far: Taking pictures while running is hard and morning people are a myth.


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Throughout the summer, I have been shadowing local doctors who are willing to put up with me for a few hours. Today, I am hanging out with a pathologist while he dissects and analyzes tumor biopsies! (It was awesome).


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I got a summer internship as an Originations Specialist at a private student loan company so I would have money to finance my bank account depleting medical school applications. As you can see by my water bottle, I have to rep the Cyclones because everyone here thinks attending college in Iowa automatically means you’re a Hawkeye.


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For lunch, I walked a couple blocks to Twist Cone, a staple in my hometown. The best part? They put candy eyes on your ice cream cone to give it personality. I don’t have a picture of the ice cream cone because I was hungry and it was hot out.


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After work, I met up with my friends for pizza slices the size of my head and Italian fries. Thatzza Pizza has the best pizza in the world after Chicago Deep Dish. Imagine Jeff’s Pizza x 100 for the deliciousness level.


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The most famous parts of my town are Storybook Land and the Land of Oz with an actual yellow brick road that I am awkwardly skipping on. Fun fact #1: L. Frank Baum, the author of the The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, based many elements of the story on the time he lived here.


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Storybook Land also includes a castle.


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In the evening, I work on a project for my internship with the Northeast South Dakota Area Health Education Center. Right now, I am compiling all of the data into reports from Better Choices, Better Health workshops across the state over the last couple years. BCBH is a chronic disease self-management program focused on helping people with chronic illness take control of their lives.


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My favorite part about summer is having time to read things that aren’t science textbooks. My favorite book of the summer so far is The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan.


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And because I’m still so pumped the USWNT won the World Cup, I wanted to share the highlight of my summer: Sitting 5th row at the USA vs Australia opening match in Winnipeg. We won 3-1 in case you forgot. Fun fact #2: The drive to Winnipeg, Canada is shorter than the drive back to Ames.


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