Olivia Robinson | SS21

Pushed to the max: Jumping
into kinesiology tests students

The Summer Scholars program at Miami University provides many courses for rising high school juniors and seniors to jump into potential college majors. 

Among them: Jumping into Kinesiology, which allows students to gain a better understanding of fitness and human health in a participatory classroom. 

Maya Carpenter completes a Bruce test. — Photo by Olivia Robinson

Kinesiology is a word most people don’t recognize, but Dr. Randal Claytor, an associate professor in Miami’s Department of Kinesiology, Nutrition and Health, explained that it is the study of movement and health. In the basement of Phillips Hall, Claytor put his Summer Scholars through  physical tests  to teach them how their bodies work.

The lab is filled with equipment for various exercises: bikes, treadmills, computers and weights are lined up against the wall with rolling desks spread throughout the orange-painted room. With a limited number of students, the class was still a loud and active space.  Learning how to measure blood pressure was a student favorite. Lauren Bennet hopes to one day be a nurse, and took into account how helpful this class would be for the future. It was a shock to Lauren Nass how active the class was. 

“It’s a lot harder than I thought. It’s also a lot more hands-on than I thought too,” Nass said.

One class day was focused on aerobic fitness and measuring oxygen intake while at maximum stress. The Bruce test is a standardized cardiovascular test consisting of different three-minute in stages that increasingly challenge the student on a treadmill by increasing speed and steepness. As Maya Carpenter prepared for the test, another student attached wires to her stomach and chest to monitor her resting heart rate. Once she was walking on the treadmill, her  peers watched a computer screen and occasionally asked how she was doing. 

The kinesiology lab is located in Phillips Hall. — Photo by Olivia Robinson

Each student completed a Bruce test, lasting on the treadmill for eight to 13 minutes, switching between walking and running until they chose to stop. Afterward, they reported a range of symptoms and emotions. Some had dry mouths, popping ears, drooling and sore limbs. They also reported feeling accomplished or weak. All won the support of their peers, who cheered them on and celebrated their finishes, as they detached mouthpieces, wires and straps from their bodies. 

Unable to speak because of a  tube in her mouth and plug on her nose,  Carpenter’s stress test lasted 12.64 minutes. Having to do a recovery walk on the treadmill she was able to catch her breath.

Jumping into Kinesiology students learned  physical fitness in factual practice. In addition, explore the many opportunities Kinesiology can take you.

 “We have a lot of people who go into physical therapy, occupational therapy, physician assistant, and were probably number two in sending kids to medical school,” said Claytor. 


Pageant contestant gets down to earth in Southern Ohio

A small-town girl with big dreams, Anna Knapp is a hot topic around southern Ohio town for her basketball skills and her involvement in her community.

Anna Knapp will complete for Fair Queen. — Contributed photo

Knapp is a rising senior at Green High School in Scioto County where she plays on her varsity basketball team coached by her mother and father. Living in rural Ohio, her normal life is on a farm. She’s fond of her hometown, Franklin Furnace  “We got one stop light where I’m at, then we got the school. And we got two gas stations and a Dollar General. That’s about all we got.”  

One thing you might not expect from this down-to-earth 17-year-old: she also competes in pageants. On July 10, Knapp  will be entering her first pageant for her county. The Scioto County Fair Queen pageant is where she will be judged on her leadership, poise and personality. The Fair Queen pageant is looking for a role model to help promote safe agriculture practices and educate Scioto County residents on food safety. 

The Scioto County Fair Queen pageant will be chosen based on activities, an essay question, interview and on-stage presence.

Knapp has actively participated in her community for many years “because it’s the good thing to do.” She is a leader of 4-H, a youth non-profit organization that nurtures the future generations of farmers, and the national Future Farmers of America, which promotes agricultural education. Knapp is also a Girl Scout constantly fundraising and doing community service. 

Scioto County is a farming town; the most popular crops grown are corn and soybeans. The Knapp family specializes in growing pumpkins and raising cows and chickens.

Anna Knapp said she hasn’t always been the most confident.

“If you asked me two years ago if I would do it,” she said of the upcoming pageant, “I probably wouldn’t say yes.” 

But now she hopes the pageant will be one of many in the future. With the support of her family and town, Knapp aims to be named the next Scioto County Fair Queen. If Knapp wins the pageant she will be obligated to continue to actively represent her county as well as advocate for safe agriculture. “ I think I’m qualified to do what they’re asking, so I feel like I have a pretty good shot,” she said.


Five questions with Precious Adeyemo

Precious Adeyemo was born in Delta State Asaba Nigeria. She and her family moved to Columbus, Ohio, in 2016. Adeyemo is now a 16-year-old rising senior at Grove City High School and Southwestern Career Center focusing on mursing. 

Question:  Does your extended family still live in Nigeria? Why did your immediate family immigrate to the United States?

Answer: My extended family resides in Nigeria still while my mother’s side of the family is more spread out living in areas such as the UK. Only my immediate family moved with me to the U.S. We moved here for better education, more jobs and opportunities.”  I came to America in 6th grade with one month of school left in the year. We moved to Columbus Ohio in 2016 for better opportunities. My family moved across the world because my parents hoped for a better education for me and my sister, Blessing Adeyemo.

Q: Is America what you expected? Are you glad you moved?

A: Yeah! I’m happy I moved to the U.S. because it’s provided me with a better future. It’s easier to get a job and make money in America than it is in Nigeria. ‘Cause most kids in Nigeria, after like graduating from colleges they really don’t have no job; they’re jobless. I really don’t want to do that. I am hoping to get an internship and go to a four-year university.

Precious Adeyemo hails from Nigeria. — Contributed photo

Q: What are your opinions on America, and what are the biggest societal/cultural differences?

A: It is strange to see Americans on the streets because all you need is the correct papers to work. I don’t understand that the immigrants are working, and the people that are actually born here are begging outside on the streets. Even if you are disabled in America you still can be employed.  While in Nigeria if you have a broken leg just know you are done! No one’s gonna hire you anymore. The only people you see street begging in Nigeria are people who are crippled. Even so, I know a girl in Nigeria that has her leg amputated and is still hawking (street selling, by carrying goods on your head). 

Q: What was the most challenging adjustment you had to make?

A: It was definitely the English. The English in Nigeria is slightly different from American English. One time in seventh grade, this girl asked me if I had gum, and I said yes, so I gave her a glue stick. Because gum means glue in Nigeria. My parents made me and my sister speak in American accents. It made me feel pressured because I wasn’t allowed to watch Nigerian movies anymore. We had to watch American movies to learn how to sound more American. Now I just don’t watch Nigerian television anymore. 

Q: What was the first instance of racism you felt in America? Did you ever feel unwelcome?

A: I feel that most people try to stay away from Africans because of the racist stereotypes. They think we don’t know how to interact with people.  When I was in Nigeria I didn’t know anything was called racism here; it was here where I experienced what racism was. In Nigeria, it’s more welcoming because people are excited to see someone that is different. Here we don’t embrace other people’s cultures. I just realized what racism meant while living here. There was this one time me and my sister were walking back and there was this man just standing outside and he called us the n-word. It made my mother very upset.


Exploring Miami University with Lucas Adams

Lucas Adams will be a graduate student at Miami University this fall. The 22-year-old from Chicago is majoring in gerontology and one day hopes to be a counselor and researcher in the elderly community.

Lucas Adams will be a grad student at Miami. — Photo by Olivia Robinson

Question: Why did you choose to attend Miami University?

Answer: I wanted to get out of the city. I had family friends who already went to Miami so it was an easy decision for me to go. I kinda liked the middle of nowhere vibe. I also visited the school multiple times for the British program. I found that Miami offered many opportunities for studying abroad and had a great community.

Q: What clubs or activities are you involved in? Are any of those activities affiliated with the LGBTQ community?

A:  I was a part of Spectrum for a while just to allow me to connect with other LGBTQ students. Spectrum is a student-led organization for students of all sexual orientations and gender identities. It aims to raise awareness on campus and educate others on the LGBTQ (population) . Then I joined the Scholar Leader’s sophomore year which focuses on housing and leadership. I was an RA for two years. I spent time in the center of diversity and inclusion and hanging out there.I have always tried to be involved on campus just to get to know others.

Q: Would you recommend Miami University to rising college students?

A: At the beginning of my time here I would have said no, just because I hadn’t explored all the different possibilities here on campus. I think the thing that strays people away from Miami is the stereotype that Miami is a very preppy white school for the higher class which isn’t true. Every college campus is going to have a range of socioeconomic levels. What’s really interesting about this school is how diverse it was, um, with not just people but different ideas.

Q: How has Miami University shaped your identity?

A:  Miami shaped it a lot freshman year. I took a class called Exploring Masculinities, which really had us facing different aspects of masculinity and how we presented ourselves in public. As a gay man, I hope to always be outspoken and unashamed, on- and off-campus. Miami has supported me not only academically, but the people I have met have also shaped me into a person I am proud of.

Q: What is the biggest challenge being a black gay man in college?

A:  Sometimes there is a stigma of just being looked down upon, like some people don’t expect you to be able to do what everyone else can. It’s difficult constantly having to go beyond other’s expectations of you.


Discovering new passions and friends through journalism

My time in the summer scholars program under the journalism module has been a whirlwind of learning and discovering. The journalism module was not my first choice, and because of that, I was apprehensive about how my time here would go. But after these past two weeks, I am genuinely happy that I was put into this module with my classmates and Prof. Patricia Gallagher Newberry. Not only has she taught me that there is so much thought that goes into journalism but it is also fun. My classmates as well have helped enhance my time here because of the support and enthusiasm for the class. 

Erin Sturgeon, Prof. Newberry, Lilli Malone, Olivia Robinson, Miranda Tejeda and Nina Kneitel visit the anchor desk in Williams Hall. — Photo by Matthew Crum

Professional journalism is a broad spectrum of careers that span over multiple media platforms. But what is universal in journalism is curiosity. I’ve learned and heard from professionals that the most important skill to have as a journalist is to be curious and to never accept an answer if you know there is more to be uncovered. Another trend is being able to take a set of data or an agenda and find answers to the questions that no one else is asking. Journalism is not just about being able to write, it’s about noticing a trend in data and figuring out why.

Informing the public is told in a truthful, confirmed, factual, and reported manner. 

I see myself fitting in as an online reporter for a local newspaper like the Columbus Dispatch or a bigger magazine company. I am interested in reporting on local politics or lifestyle beats. 

Something I learned about media that I did not know before was the use of appropriate language. After speaking with journalists Céilí Doyle, Josh Bickel and  Sheridan Hendrix who report for the Columbus Dispatch they taught me how they choose specific language to identify an enslaved person. Austin Fast, an investigative fellow for NPR, educated me on what investigative journalism is and how it allows you to travel the world. 

Now that I have finished my journalism class here in Miami, I have found a new appreciation for news. I used to believe that news was just there to confuse and lure people to one side. But as a journalist, I know that news should be objective and informative before anything else. 


About the author

Olivia Robinson is a 16-year-old rising junior attending The Wellington School in Upper Arlington, Ohio. Inside the classroom Robinson enjoys subjects such as English, art and biology. Robinson is co-leader of the Female Students of Color and an active member in her sports teams. Robinson is a three-season athlete: she plays right wing on her school soccer team; during the winter months she is a competitive diver (who made it to state her freshman year); and she runs track, competing in events such as 300 hurdles and the 4×200 meter dash.

Outside of school and sports Robinson has a lively home life as the youngest of three. Her brother Nicholas Robinson, 18, attends Miami and her sister Simone Robinson, 23, attends Ohio State University. At home Robinson has a Staffordshire bull terrier named Ginger who can often be found sleeping in her bed. She would love to major in journalism and sports psychology.