:: A deep pulse of bass music opens up with a graphic of turbolift flashes over the screen before the screen lights raise up to focus in on Vulcan man seated in a chair with a pai of ceramic coffee mugs on a small table between his chair and the as of yet off screen occupied one. ::
Sopek: Hello and Greetings. My name is Sopek and it is time for a program we call The Lower Decks. Where we leave behind the center chair and big office and go down below to speak with the crew of the vessels and bases in Starfleet. ::He shifts slightly to meet the changing camera and waves a hand to the other chair.:: Tonight’s guest is Lieutenant Commander Jalana Laxyn. She is the Chief Medical Officer on the USS Apollo and also serves as the ship’s second officer. Good Evening Commander.
Layxn: ::smiling:: Good evening, Mister Sopek. Thank you for inviting me.
Sopek: So I understand you are have spent your entire career on the Apollo, yes?
Layxn: That is correct.
Sopek: That seems a very lucky streak to have that posting your whole career. You must know the crew well.
Layxn: ::laughing slightly:: On a professional level, yes. Some of them better than they might like, though that comes with the position of Chief Medical Officer.
Sopek: A position I understand you acquired while still researching for your medical degree. How have you felt balancing your studies with the duties of your rank and station?
Laxyn: I actually had some studying to do for single cases that were not as common as others. A big part of that got integrated into my dissertation, which I finished just recently. I do see studying as integral part of my work as research never stands still. There is no way to offer my patients or the crew my best help, if I am not up to date. So it was not much different from my usual work.
Sopek: How do you enjoy what free time you can find from time to time?
Laxyn: Most of my free time I spend with my fiancé and try to forget work for just a little while. I also enjoy some quiet time reading, on the holodeck or making an effort not to forget my musical talents.
Sopek: So music is an interest for you?
Laxyn: It is. I play the Trillian flute, though not as often as I did before the Academy. But with my financé playing the Violin there might be a chance to play a little more with him in the future. It’s always nicer not to do things alone.
Sopek: The Trillian flute covers a wide and varied range of notes. It must allow for a notable flexibility in instruments to accompany you.
Laxyn: It certainly does. It is traditionally accompanied by simple and complex instruments to show the variety.
Sopek: You are engaged yes? What can you tell us about your intended.
Laxyn: ::smiling:: Well, he was one of the first people I met on the Apollo
after I got transfered. Major Viktor Lanius is the leader of the Marine fighter wing that just got instated on the ship. Before that he was Intel Officer and then First Officer.
Sopek: A variety of experience you must be proud of him to hold so many prestigious positions.
Laxyn: In either position I am proud of him and am happy to be with him. On a more personal level there is not much to say I can tell you without asking him first ::smirking::
Sopek: ::tilting his head slightly.:: Of course. What does medicine mean to you?
Laxyn: A lot. Okay, that might not be a satisfying answer. I have dreamed to become a doctor since I was little. To help people, find ways to improve people’s lives. I know that there are many ways to do that outside of medicine. But everything that had to do with medicine always fascinated me. To follow my dream despite the obstacles is something I never regret.
Sopek: And your position. Please tell us what being Chief Medical Officer means to you.
Laxyn: It is an honour to me. I would have done my work either way. I serve the ship as good as I can while keeping the dream alive. ::smiling:: But that I had been chosen for this position was almost like an award from my Captain, a sign that I am doing a good job, which I am not taking lightly.
Sopek: Do you hope one day to become a captain yourself?
Laxyn: ::laughing slightly:: You are not the first asking this. Right now I am happy being Chief Medical Officer and Second Officer. I am aware that the logical step after this would be First Officer and then Captain, but right now I am happy where I am. Who knows what the future holds.
Sopek: So very true. Serving on one ship for so long, you have made many friends yes?
Laxyn: I have made friends, yes. I treasure every friendship that forms with someone. To be that far away from our families and familiar home planets can be hard, to have friends to share this life with makes it all a bit easier.
Sopek: I am sure y Do you have any regrets?
Laxyn: ::thinking for a moment:: Mhm. There are things that in hindsight I could have done or handled differently, nobody is free from doing mistakes. But everything I did brought me to where I am now. I am officer, have my own department, are going to marry and have great friends. There is a chance that if I would change any of my decisions I might not be there and that would be terrible. So no, I do not have regrets.
Sopek: A very wise thought to consider Commander. Our time is, unfortunately, drawing to a close. Is there a lasting thought or idea you would like to leave us with? Perhaps a quote or motto you hold dear?
Laxyn: From the moment we can crawl we often hear about things we cannot do. And that does not stop. Of course there are things we shouldn’t do like jump into a warp core or out of an airlock. But when you have a dream to do something, become someone, don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t. Like my mother used to say to me, quoting a terran journalist: The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.
Sopek: A fitting discourse Commander. Thank you for your time today with me.
In Real Life the player of Jalana Laxyn is a 34 year old housewife, geek, nerd, creative nutjob and writer from Germany. Her love for Star Trek was born with the first airing of TNG, which will always be her first love and got only bigger with any of the other series and movies. She’s been an avid roleplayer for over 20 years and still enjoys every second of it. When she joined SB118 it was the very first time she challenged herself to participate in an English RP and after 1.5 years she is still surprised about how seamless the transition has been.