We are dedicated to celebrating excellence. This page honors the excellence of Capstone students Jiwon, Megan, and Moumita for the Spring 2020 semester. We are proud of all the hard work these students put into creating their ePortfolio, and we wish them the best of luck in their future endeavors! Brava!
Name: Jiwon Choi
Major: BS in Computer Science
Expected date of graduation: May 2020
Plans after I graduate: I applied to graduate schools to study more in the robotics field. As seen in my ePortfolio, I worked on robotics so far under the guidance of Dr. Nils Napp. As I discussed with my adviser, he recommended me to study more in-depth by going to graduate school, and I also feel that I still lack knowledge although I am now about to complete my bachelor's. So far, I got admitted to UB's MS in Computer Science with automatic admission, but I am looking forward to hearing from other schools as well.
How did the Capstone help you reflect on your college career?: Without the Capstone, I would not ever look up what I have done for my general education courses, but also extra-curricular activities that I have done so far. By filling out my ePortfolio, I realized I have done a lot of things throughout my college life, both courses, and even outside of the classroom. By looking at these, it made me to think about the main takeaways from each class and activity, and how they are applied in real-world situations.
What was your most valuable part of your general education coursework?: I have taken a lot of courses that are not related to my major, and I was able to get a wholesome education that includes all different aspects and not just from my major. This made me to open up my eyes to the field that I am not used to, and understand various aspects of my professional life and gave me a more balanced academic experience.
What did you learn about yourself in the Capstone course?: By completing the assignment each week, I was able to reflect on all the courses that I have taken, and made me to realize the growth I experienced, throughout my college years. Therefore, after I finish the Capstone course, the main takeaway I got about myself is about how I grew as an individual and how I developed the most essential skills that are required when I enter the workforce.
Advice for future Capstone students: I would firstly say, save all your coursework beforehand, and it is good to have soft copies of them -i.e. essays that you have submitted, lecture notes, and etc. It is also a proof that you took the course, and you can refer to those anytime you need -I sometimes refer to some of my lecture notes even these days as well. Also, it is better to start early, and have enough time to brainstorm what you would like to put. Get a pen and paper to brainstorm your ideas based on the given rubric. After you merge your thoughts on the ePortfolio, try to proof-read and see whether you have met the requirements on the rubric or not. This will let you to take a ladder of success.
Additional portfolio: I have my personal website (www.buffalo.edu/~jiwoncho) and I keep it updated all the time.
Name: Megan Dwyer
Major: Biological Sciences
Expected date of graduation: May 2020
Plans after I graduate: Post-graduation, I plan to pursue a Master of Science in Genetic Counseling.
How did the Capstone help you reflect on your college career?: The Capstone project required me to think critically about the classes I have completed in the last 3 and 1/2 years, particularly the skills and knowledge I gained, and how I've applied those skills and that knowledge to my studies and career. I did not always understand the relevance of my curriculum courses while I was taking them; however, looking back during the creation of my portfolio, I realized how important they all were for my development as a student and a future healthcare professional.
What was your most valuable part of your general education coursework?: I think the most valuable part of my general education coursework was the opportunity to complete classes abroad. I took all three of my Global Pathway courses at the Lorenzo de' Medici Institute in Florence, Italy. These classes were hands-on, including activities ranging from art museum field trips to cooking traditional Italian recipes, so I was very engaged in my learning. They were also quite different from my major courses, which challenged me to think differently and put myself outside of my comfort zone.
What did you learn about yourself in the Capstone course?: Through the Capstone course, I recognized how much I've grown during my time at UB. As a freshman, or even a sophomore, I would not be able to make the connections between my courses, extracurricular activities, and eventual career path that I did for this class.
Advice for future Capstone students: I would tell future Capstone students to be intentional and open-minded when choosing their general education coursework--selecting courses that you enjoy and that provide you with diversity in your studies, will make it easy to reflect and discuss what you learned when creating your final ePortfolio. Also, at the end of each UB curriculum course that you take, be sure to pick one or two of your favorite assignments and save them in a place that you will be able to access in the future, to include as artifacts on your portfolio pages.
Name: Moumita Hore
Major: Major- Biomedical Sciences. Minors- Computer Science and Psychology
Expected date of graduation: May 2020
Plans after I graduate: I am taking a gap year. After that, I will be applying to medical schools. I aspire to be a doctor, who will help people throughout the world. During the gap year, I plan on working as either a research assistant, or a medical assistant.
How did the Capstone help you reflect on your college career?: Thanks to Capstone, I was able to look back to what I have learnt so far in four years, here in UB and through my experiences outside of UB and how that has not only shaped my outlook towards my future career goals, but also helped me grow as a person.
What was your most valuable part of your general education coursework?: It is very hard to say which one was the most valuable, because each of the classes taught me something important. However, if I had to choose, I would say that my thematic and global pathways had a comparatively stronger impact on me. My thematic pathway- "Health, Medicine, and Society" made me understand the importance of different aspects of the healthcare system. My global pathway- "Introduction to American Sign Language" not only introduced me to a completely new language, but also a new culture as well.
What did you learn about yourself in the Capstone course?: I used to think, throughout my college life I just took classes to get a grade, nothing more nothing less. However, as Capstone probed me to take a stroll down the memory lane, it made me realize that I indeed gained a lot of knowledge and that knowledge significantly enriched my thought process since high school graduation. I am a better critical thinker now. My overall patience level has increased significantly, which contributed to overcoming many challenges. I have become more compassionate due to my interaction with a wide variety of people in different settings.
Advice for future Capstone students: My general advice would be, to really take your time to critically think about the impact of the classes you have taken/ are taking. What did you learn in that class? What specific components in the class had a greater impact on your knowledge? How can that knowledge be helpful to you in the long run? More specific advice would be, to really look at the grading rubric provided by your instructor for each assignment. The rubric has guidelines, which would help you think more critically. When writing paragraphs, break it down into multiple reasonably sized sections that would make the readers actually want to read what you wrote, not just glance through it. Go to the UB Portfolio walk-in lab, if you have issues regarding your portfolio, that needs to be resolved immediately. Finally, ask your instructor as many questions as you can! I lost count of the number of emails I sent Dr. Kohler.