Teresa TO 1. It would be an understatement to say that Teresa To has had a dull existence thus far.

Having lived in over four countries she has seen her fair share of the world allowing her to have greater perspective and passion for those around her. a) Teresa To is an only child born who was born in Richmond in the British Columbia, Canada. She has lived in several countries including Taiwan, Hong Kong and New Zealand before settling down in Australia in 2002. Her extended family is scattered all over the world with 2 cousins living in Hong Kong, 6 in Vancouver, 2 in Dubai, 1 in Taiwan and 1 in Melbourne. Teresa has a wide range of hobbies such as ice-skating and ice hockey. She also has considerable musical talent playing the piano, flute and violin for six years. During her free time, she loves to write poems and act. Funny, hyper, brave, loyal, wise, free spirited and adventurous are just some of the words that Teresa often associates with herself. She has also mentioned that she likes helping people feel happy and lively. b) Having been intrigued with science since she was 10, Teresa has had adequate time to quench her thirst for knowledge and skills in her hopes “to advance scientific knowledge for the good of humanity”. The SARS epidemic that threatened world health in 2003 spurred Teresa’s her interest in the general study of viruses. Her father who is a cardiologist was closely involved in treating the SARS victims and his dedication, passion and bravery gave her “the determination to achieve my future endeavours,” she says. It is because of this that she undertook it upon herself to gain further knowledge about viruses and began researching on virus reproduction and mutation, allowing her to broaden her understanding of “virus survival and interaction with their host cells.” c) In regards to writing Teresa feels that “By writing for ourselves, we are able to write honestly”, there are no boundaries or restrictions on what is put out on paper. This allows her to truly express her feelings and inner self, opening the pathway into her imagination and creativity. When writing emails and texting, Teresa expresses that she notes a lack of emotion and tone, as she is unable to picture the other person’s reaction such as their body language and facial expression, which leads to feelings being omitted and imprecise communication between the two parties. In reference to what could be easier about writing for formal purposes, fewer conventions on third person, less strictness on the submission and writing of assignments, such as where to find the necessary info, cover sheet and the word count are all mentioned.

d) Experiences with teamwork that Teresa has had include being a Peer Support Leader, a lifesaver, a Tutor Vice-Captain as well as a member of the Sydney Bears Ice-Hockey League, the Australia Army Cadet Corps and her local church’s altar service. Through these activities, Teresa has gained critical skills such as learning how to collaborate, share ideas, suggest developments and improvements in addition to improving her social skills through meeting new people from diverse backgrounds. These skills have made Teresa a better communicator and more understanding person. Successes from teamwork in other settings would be learning how to organise and prioritise time as well as co-operating with others to work out time and places to meet in addition to delegating tasks to team members, making sure that everyone has sufficient information about their roles. Teamwork that Teresa thinks that scientists engage in include “planning cooperatively, efficiently and effectively”. In a group situation there are more people contributing to one project which allows for people which specialise in different fields to come together and share ideas and work towards a unified goal giving them purpose and drive. e) Through the peer support program run through school Teresa has encountered peer review. In this instance, peer review has given Teresa a chance to receive feedback and comments so that the she is notified of what areas can be improved. Peer review also allowed her to learn from those in the same setting while also giving her a purpose and goal, i.e. perform tasks to the best of her ability. On the other hand, this same activity has also made Teresa wary of people’s opinion as she states that “same advice is great…others you might want to consider before changing anything”. This demonstrates that not all feedback is insightful or helpful and that caution needs to be taken when undertaking peer review. Teresa also mentions that people such as your friends are likely to hold back on the criticism as they are your friends and do not want to dampen your spirits. Peer review is likely to be encountered again soon by Teresa when participating in activities such as proof-reading a friend or colleague’s work and also at a later stage during employment interviews. While taking part in peer review, Teresa feels good inside on a spiritual level but also recognises that her opinion may have a huge impact on the other person/s and limits her comments to those that are most practical. 2.

Hello Goodbye Term of affection Swear Word Science Medicine

Italian Buon giorno Ciao Caro Cazzo Scienza Medicina

Latin Salve Vale Bellula Futuere Doctrina Medicina

This language exercise is particularly relevant to the study of medical science as communication is a great tool that allows effective decision-making. Teresa also feels that learning a language is important as it serves as the backbone of being able to communicate with those from another nations across the globe. This allows scientists to share and learn new things and keep updated on new discoveries. This association will lead to technological and scientific methods being able to develop at a faster pace effectively improving our way of life.