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This past year has the greatest year for my individual, emotional, and academic growth. About a year ago I was going through an extremely difficult time. Over the summer of 2017 I was taking on more responsibilities than I ever had in the past. I was taking an intensive summer class, planning my cousins wedding and acting as her bridesmaid, volunteering everyday, and participating in research regularly. I was also going through quite a bit of emotional challenges; I was struggling in a toxic relationship of four years and I was virtually living on my own because my family was in the midst of a move. I was busy, emotionally, stressed, and away from most of my friends and family. This summer I was clinically diagnosed with depression and began therapy. I did not drop out of any of my responsibilities or let anyone down. I took charge of my struggles and worked towards a solution while maintaining all of my responsibilities. My cousins wedding was a success, I broke up with my toxic boyfriend, I aced my classes, and my family eventually moved into a beautiful new home. This was just the beginning of my journey to find myself this past year. It was a very rough start but, by the end of summer, my passion for a career in medicine had flourished and I was gaining confidence and independence within myself.
I continued this growth into first semester. I was taking a lighter class load in order to develop myself further as a person and get more involved on campus. I was the Director of Marketing for The Boo Radley Society, which does random acts of kindness on campus. I was heavily involved in this and promoting our mission. I also was more active as a NeuroAmbassador, serving as a mentor for first year neuroscience majors. I worked extremely hard in my classes and received my highest GPA since arriving to college. I also made the Dean’s list.
Second semester brought on more responsibility than the first. I was now feeling independent, strong, and confident in my intelligence and abilities. I began volunteering once a week at The James. I was elected President of The Boo Radley Society and I moved up to a greater position as a NeuroAmbassador. I was apart of the ICAN project, which consists of traveling to high schools to teach the students about neuroscience and the program at OSU. Also, I was taking more classes than I ever had in the past. It felt great to be back at my full potential; pursuing my dreams and doing what a love most: helping others. This summer I plan on volunteering at a hospital everyday and continuing my research. I will also be taking a class, traveling to Europe, and will begin studying for the MCAT. This past year was tough but I came out as a better version of myself, ready to take on the future.
My G.O.A.L.S. are extremely important to me.
Appreciation for diversity and developing myself as a global citizen is something I have always been interested in. I love learning of others cultures and customs. I will be traveling to Europe this summer and fulling immersing myself in the culture. I feel learning about other cultures helps me better understand my own and cherish the uniqueness that different backgrounds bring to the world as a whole.
Research is fascinating to me. I love the idea of sharing ideas across the globe and creating my own inquiries upon what is already known. I have begun the research process. I am currently on a project investigating the effects of proton pump inhibitor use on kidney health. I have found that this hands on experience is the best way to learn about the research process and my specific topic. As I continue this research project, I will continue to grow a greater understanding of how research benefits the world around us, and how the world around us influences research.
I will pursue academic excellence both in and out of the classroom. I appreciate the saying, “If you’re the smartest one in the room, then you’re in the wrong room.” I try to surround myself with an environment where I can learn and excel best. I will remain organized, not be afraid to ask questions, and continue to challenge myself. I promise to stay committed to these goals because they will help me be excellent. I have challenged myself these past few years with a mixture of rigorous course work and outside learning.
I attempt to put forward a positive example for others in my everyday life. I believe this is one of the best things a leader can do. I am currently the President of The Boo Radley Society. Previously, in the student organization, I was a team captain, and the Director of Marketing. As President, I lead a team of executive members. This has taught me a lot about what being a leader is truly about. Being a leader is not a one man job, it is listening to every single other input you have and putting it towards your goals. Being a leader is having the opportunity to represent something greater than yourself. I also have the opportunity to make a great change in others lives; whether that be my general body members, or the Ohio State community.
I volunteer as a Patient Advocate Assistant at the University of Toledo Medical Center. I meet a patients from various cultures, backgrounds, classes, and races. I have learned a greater appreciation for the medical field and what it can do for people. I have learned that any amount of service can make a huge difference in someone’s life. As a PAA I act as a bridge between the patients and families and the medical staff. This helps make the hospital run smoother and keeps all parties involved on the same page. Overall, it creates a better experience and environment for the patient while they are in an unfavorable situation. I also volunteer at The James Art Gallery. The art gallery provides an escape for patients, loved ones, and staff while they are taking on the toughest battle known the man: cancer. I am pleased to be able to help others in any way I can.
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