Hey! I’m Kathleen, a senior Molecular Biology, Pre-med major, and from New York. I have minors in both Spanish and Chemistry. And I have been with Northern Review for the past two years as the Opinion Editor.  

You may be thinking, ‘um molecular biology and journalism are two very different things’… well you are not wrong. A valid question you may ask is, ‘what could a molecular biology major possibly be doing in journalism’, right? When I first came to Ohio Northern University as a freshman, my goal for each week was to try and do new things, no matter what it is.

“molecular biology and journalism are two very different things”

– Kathleen Tran

Four years ago, I decided to rush a sorority and joined a sorority and I could not be any happier with that decision. I also decided to join student organizations like Asian-American Student Union and Student Planning Committee. Three years ago, I decided to join more academic organizations like American Society of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, Biology Student Association, Society of Medical Professionals, and Colleges Against Cancer. Two years ago, I was invited to join professional/honor societies and accepted my invitations to be a member of Omicron Delta Kappa and Beta Beta Beta. However, I felt like I was missing out on something. That following summer, I saw an email regarding positions in Northern Review and I was like ‘what’s Northern Review?’, ‘I think I could be potentially interested’. So I applied and got an interview, after the interview I received an offer for Opinion Editor and decided to accept it.

My prior experience to something like Northern Review, was creating my high school yearbook and creating mini YouTube video blogs/vlogs. When I first started as the Opinion Editor, if I am being completely honest, I had absolutely no idea what I was doing. I think the most difficult thing that I had to do was to learn to keep scientific writing styles away from journalistic writing styles.

This is my last semester here at Ohio Northern University and when they say ‘these four years will go fast’ at the beginning of your freshman year, it is so true. The past four years of undergraduate have truly flown by. I have mixed feelings about this being my last year here on campus, in a way I am so relieved and in the other way I cannot believe that I am already a senior. It is so weird to think that I am graduating this upcoming May rather than scheduling for the next school year. 

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