Wow! That year flew by so quickly! I can’t believe I’m going to be a sophomore in college! Just a year ago I was attending orientation! I was a pre-nursing major at the time and now I am a Health Sciences major. Back then I wanted to still be a doctor, but throughout this year with shadowing, volunteering and taking the hardest classes of my life I have switched to wanting be a physician’s assistant; and who knows what I will want to be by the time I am a junior in college! I thought college was going to be this scary, nerve wrecking, amazing, exciting journey, and I was right! There were times this year I was afraid I wasn’t going to make it and end up transferring, to times where I cried till I fell asleep, but there were also times where I laughed so hard I could cry and made so many great memories to make me smile at night. I’m glad I had HSS through all of it, although the program has great things to offer from volunteering opportunities to mentors, the greatest thing it gave me were amazing friends (some of which I’m living with next year)! Next year through HSS I hope to volunteer even more, hopefully somewhere in the medical field, and I hope to get into research perhaps through the program. Also, I might try to do the STEP program through HSS and make even more friends! I can’t wait to see what next year has in store!
HSS offers many opportunities to get involved in the community and volunteer. Although throughout the year I volunteered under HSS in many forms, my absolute favorite occurred at the beginning of the year! I was fresh out of my parents car and into college when I participated in the Ohio State Day of Service. I was very excited yet nervous that I would get placed somewhere intense. Yet, to my pleasant surprise I got to volunteer at the Cozy Cat Cottage with a ton o f cats!! I love cats to death, I have four at home! When we arrived at the site we got sorted into different groups for what task we would be doing. My roommate were assigned the task of filling syringes for new cats who needed vaccinated. It was so cool to see my passion of medicine combine with my love for cats. Once we were finished with filling the syringes we moved on to help the others clean out some of the transportation boxes for the cats. After that all of us got to play with the cats and hold them for the rest of the time we were at the shelter. The experience overall made me excited to volunteer for the rest of the year! The only down side is about a week later my face and entire body broke out in the worst poison ivy rash I have ever had. I couldn’t sleep on my stomach for days it hurt that bad. Yet, the experience of working in that shelter was worth it!