Student Takeaways from Na-ha-shnee STEAM
What are a couple of key takeaways from your experience at Na-Ha-Shnee STEAM Health Institute?
Alexxys: Some of my key takeaways are to try to learn as much as you can because you can’t learn too much. Also that you have to dip your toes into different careers and asking people how they like their careers and how they got into it, is the best way to understand. Lastly and my most important is culture because it’s very important to know where you come from.
Chance: Key takeaways I got from this were the first aid course, the presentations on different Native cultures, and the pH session. The first aid course was very helpful and was a reason I signed up for this program. The presentations on Native American cultures I loved because they were interactive with projects we did alongside them. Reviewing pH again was so fun and took me back in time to chemistry class.
Aaliyah: Some of my key takeaways from the Na-ha-shnee program varied from both a cultural perspective and an academic perspective. On an academic level I’ve learned more about differences in careers in industry versus academia and how important it is to follow guidelines for the safety of yourself and others. And on a cultural level this summer institute has fueled me to gain more knowledge about my history and traditions, and showed me the importance of connecting with my elders for all the wisdom and knowledge they have to share. Those are just some things I might have taken for granted more if not for the Na-ha-shnee STEAM Health Institute.
River: The WSU STEAM Institute has a dedicated staff that puts hours upon hours into making this program. To create something like this digitally and to work out all of the logistics must have been a real-life nightmare, and it’s commendable that they did this. Most of the presentations were easy to follow and internalize. However, the labs were too fast-paced at times, but that was only a handful of them (which is somewhat understandable since they have a tight schedule.) Additionally, I got almost 50 different items sent to me, including a Chromebook, and a microscope! This wouldn’t be possible without the sponsors’ help, thanks, sponsors! Overall, I’d have to give the STEAM Institute an 8/10. I would recommend it to someone interested in the health field. You’ll learn a lot about your interest.
Sophia: My key takeaway from Na-ha-shnee STEAM Health Institute is that it is easier to succeed when you have a community to support you. Through this program many mentors spoke to us and told us the importance of finding a community. The key to success is being able to reach out for help when you need it. I am so thankful for all of the mentors I was given the opportunity to connect with and be able to grow my network of support.
How has your experience at Na-ha-shnee STEAM Health Institute changed or enhanced your interest in the health professions?
Gabe: My experience has enhanced my interest in the medical field in a very positive way. Because of the camp I now want to pursue a job in firefighting thanks to learning about first responders and EMTs. I’ll never forget this camp and I’ll always remember doing the camp while I’m pursuing my future career.
Gary: My experience at Na-ha-shnee STEAM Health has enhanced my interest in health professions, by showing me in more detail how a lot of health professions are more than what they seem, and also makes them engage you in their presentations, making them even more interesting!
Noah: Ever since I have been little, I have been interested in health care, as growing up I have had the opportunity to have a nurse for a mother. My mother used to work night shifts when I was a child, all day and then come home at night. My sister and I only used to see her on days off and night time. Later on, she swapped to day shifts with fewer hours and easier hours with the side of extra shifts. With all of my exposure to health services and my mother’s experiences, and especially because of COVID-19, I have become more aware of the need for health care. Ever since I started working with WSU as a student of the Na-ha-shnee STEAM Institute, the presenters’ knowledge and care for everything has inspired me to pursue a health profession. When I first joined I was told it was all about exposure to different things, and I believe the exposure has really rubbed off on me.
Olivia: When first applying to Na-ha-shnee, I went in not knowing what I wanted to do after high school. I was thinking I could go into electrical because it sounded interesting and fun but I didn’t know anything about it but then, I was recommended this summer camp and thought that it looked really interesting and fun and applied. I’m really glad I experienced everything I did while doing this and even though it was virtual, I really had fun doing our hands-on experiments. What really changed my mind, was talking to different people and what they did like nurses, EMTs, etc. it was really amazing hearing what they did and how much fun they had. And I thought I would really like to help my community/tribe because of how few health care workers there are and it sounds like it would really be fun to help others. Now having finished this camp, I am now interested in becoming a nurse at my IHS because learning and talking about health care and how little Native American health care workers there are it would greatly benefit my community and this program has opened up my eyes to something I have never thought of doing before and I feel it would be fun and amazing to work as a nurse.
Taya: My experience was good, the program had a mixture of everything in the medical field. I thought it was helpful to figure out what career and what other careers there are to do out there. The medical field is important and they’re always looking for talent. I’m glad this program is encouraging people to fall into the medical field and showing them what there is. This program helped me realize what I want to be, and I decided to become a dentist for sure after the presentation on it. It’s an interesting career and showed me a glimpse and I thought it was cool. I would tell other Natives that there are cultural things and it opens a piece of yourself. You can learn a lot about yourself with this program, it’s always good to try something new.
How do you see yourself as a mentor/leader in your community after your experience over the past three weeks at Na-ha-shnee STEAM Health?
Sky: After experiencing the Na-ha-shnee STEAM Institute, I feel that I am now obligated to share this opportunity with other youth, I have already recommended this opportunity to my friends, and have pushed my siblings to apply when they reach high school. Throughout history, indigenous peoples have not been represented to the fullest in health professions, which is often due to the intimidating path to earn a degree. I feel that if others were aware of this program, and participated, the path to the health field would be less intimidating and would ultimately open many doors for the youth, and further our people.
What was your favorite class session and why?
Sky: Although they were all virtual, I was very impressed that Na-ha-shnee made the effort to create a system tailored to the virtual environment. For example, we were sent packages that had materials that were labeled specifically for each session, and we also received printed PowerPoints for each session. Furthermore, I felt that Zoom was the perfect system to use, and it indeed was used to the highest capability. Students were exposed to STEAM research that wasn’t completely medical related, and I felt this was very beneficial for each individual. STEAM research looks great on applications for college and scholarships and gives students experience. I enjoyed this portion of the institute and am thankful it was incorporated.
Princess: My favorite class session was journaling with Emma Noyes. I have journaled a lot before so it was nice to have someone come in and talk about it. I started in 2018 and have gone through 2 journals since then. It helps keep track of things that are going on in my life and I loved the techniques that Emma showed us.