My Interdisciplinary Studies major is Integrated Health Sciences. The focus of my major is to look at health from an integrated holistic lens, viewing the whole person as an interconnected unit. The central fields in my major are Biology, Psychology, and Physical Education. I began my experience in the IDS program with the program title of pre-occupational therapy, but then transitioned to my current title of integrated health sciences, which I spoke about in my updated essay!
My applied project is an informational pamphlet about lifestyle and ADHD. I decided to put this together and have it as a resource in the accessibility office here on campus for people who have ADHD in college and want to know more about the impact of lifestyles choices on overall health and ADHD symptoms. I chose do do this because I am a college student who struggles with ADHD and I wish that there had been something like this presented to me. I did my research article on a related topic of ADHD, so this applied project really brought all of the knowledge I have learned together. It contributed to my education because of the research I did to obtain the knowledge on the topic, as well as designing something for others to use as a resource, which I haven’t done before.
My research article is about best practices in ADHD treatment in the form of a white paper. Through the paper am identifying the flaws of our medical system in the United States, particularly with the treatment of ADHD, sharing my own personal experience with treatment, and proposing a way to fill the gaps that I identify throughout the article. I chose this topic because as I stated above, I am someone who has ADHD and has been through the treatment. My knowledge of integrated health has led me to be able to see where the gaps are and empowers me to want to share this perspective with others. This immensely contributed to my education as I used my prior understanding of biology, psychology, nutrition, and physical education, and was also challenged to learn more, conduct research, and produce a congruent product that showcases all of that in one.
I have gained so much from being an interdisciplinary studies major and plan to carry that with me along all of my future endeavors of my continued education and professional life. I view being an IDS major as such a strength, because we are ahead of the times and bring something to the table that not many other people can, a well rounded, challenging education that was governed by ourselves. I think that this will act work to my advantage in my life and any of my future endeavors.
The applied project and the research article are in a way a reflection of my program, as they encompass all of my central themes of looking at health as a multidimensional area of study and looking at people as an interconnected unit. I have had the pleasure of taking an array of classes from different programs here at Plymouth State that have lead to me being the confident, passionate, and well versed soon to be graduate I am today.