Hello, my name is Steven Jacob and I am a recent graduate from the Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science (TAMS). I am currently pursuing my Bachelor’s Degree in the Biological Sciences at Austin College in Sherman, Texas. I aspire to work in the medical field someday, and am actively striving to learn more about what it truly takes to work as a physician. I am very outgoing and sociable, and love public speaking, as well as volunteering. In addition, I strive to seek new volunteering opportunities, grow both personally and academically, learn new skills, and help my community the best way I can.
One of my passions in community work are Medical and Social Work volunteering. I have thoroughly enjoyed having many experiences throughout my high school and early undergraduate career. I have had the opportunity to be a part of many great organizations such as the TAMS Medical Society, Cook Children’s Summer Junior Volunteering Program, Christus St. Michael’s Junior Volunteering, The Good Samaritan Society, and most recently, The Austin College Pre-Health Society. Through these experiences, I was able to gain a better understanding of what drives many physicians and other healthcare professionals to work with their patients and ensure them the best experience that they can. Having the pleasure of interacting with many of these patients personally was another highlight that I appreciated.
In addition to volunteer work, I enjoy public speaking. During my time at the Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science (TAMS), I was an active leader for the TAMS Medical Society. It was through my experience there that I learned the importance and value of teamwork and open communication. Our organization operated with a board of executives, and each of us had a crucial part in running it. I was responsible particularly managing the budget and making sure all of our general assemblies, volunteer events (Cook Children’s Medical Center and Good Samaritan Denton Nursing Home), and fundraisers were operated within our budget. Collectively, we all had to communicate all of our goals that we had hoped to accomplish daily. As a member of both my High School’s student council and TAMS Ambassadors program, I learned the importance of representation. During my time in both organizations, I met notable alumni and many important figures from the board of education in Austin Texas. As a representative, I learned that I was not only representing myself, but my school, peers, and professors as well. My time in both organizations helped me develop professional communication skills. I continue to utilize these skills as a member of the Austin College Students Today Alumni Tomorrow organization as well as through my position as the Class Representative for the Austin College Pre-Health Society.
I find that participating in research to be extremely rewarding. As an undergraduate student at the Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science, I worked as part of the research team over the course of the summer of 2014 as part of the TAMS Summer Research Scholarship Program. I had been worked under Dr. Guenter Gross and graduate student Jason Gibson on studying neurotoxicity of pancreatic cells and cellular stratification of neural cell culture at UNT’s Center of Network Neuroscience. There, I also learned about laboratory procedures that deal with handling cell culture and measuring action potential changes within a system. In addition, I studied various excitatory and inhibitory drug effects on the central and peripheral nervous system, preparation skills with handling neurons in cell culture and reading their respective signals with an oscilloscope, and programming techniques with a cell dispensing robot known as Precision 2000. Considering the amount of extensive topics covered, I attended many demonstrations and lectures from my graduate student. My time there allowed me to learn more about the amount of work it takes to be apart of a competitive research experience. Working efficiently to meet deadlines, problem solving, and teamwork were among the many skills that I came to value from the research project itself.
Some of my other interests include ministry work, reading the bible, playing my electric guitar and traveling. I also love socializing with my friends. Occasionally, I enjoy a pickup game of Basketball or a good recreational run. Many of these activities help me to appreciate my life more. As an Indian American, I value visiting my relatives in India and connecting with my culture. My mother is from the state of Uttarakhand (Northern India), while my father is from the state of Tamil Nadu (Southern India). Because my heritage comes from opposite ends of the country, I have been able to witness two very different cultures (in music, language, clothing styles, food, etc.) My travels to India have opened my eyes to the vast diversity that constitutes the country as a whole.
India is just one of the many countries that I have visited over my lifetime. Others include various parts of Canada and Central Mexico, Dubai, London, and Frankfurt. Most recently, I traveled with a Medical Mission team to Guatemala. There, I traveled from Guatemala City to a small village known as Huehuetenango for one week. Under an Internal Medicine physician, I worked in a health clinic. My work included distributing and monitoring basic medication supplies, observing diagnoses of patients that visited, and spreading the message of Jesus Christ through witnessing. Working under the ministry was a true blessing, and allowed me to connect my passions of ministering, volunteering within the medical profession, and traveling into a memorable experience!
Over this January Term, I am taking a course on web design and electronic portfolio management. The primary reason I decided to do so was to educate myself on creating my own personal web hosting domain. As a result, I am now be able to share my thoughts, opinions, ideas, and experiences with the world around me and get connected to many others who share similar interests such as mine. As a current undergraduate student in this day and age, I feel that it is important to be able to express one’s own thoughts and become more aware of the experiences that make each person the way that he or she is.
If I could change one thing about the world, it would be for more people to hear about the Gospel of Jesus Christ and learn what he means to the world. To me, nothing is more important than believing in what he did on the cross for me. Getting to know him and finding joy in my life through him makes me want to share that blessing with as many people as I can. Reflecting back on my life, If I could change one thing about myself, it would be to be more appreciative of all the experiences that I have had the opportunity to live through. I believe that all moments, whether grand or small are equally important in shaping the people that we grow up to be. It is sometimes easy to take these experiences for granted, but reflecting on the beauty of life that God has given us is something to think about and be thankful for.
In addition to the information provided, you will also be able to find me through Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn simply by Googling me. You can learn even more about me through the TAMS Medical Society Website as well as an old newspaper article of me from my younger years. The links to my social media contacts can be found below!