Over the course of this semester, I have grown tremendously as a person. I used to think my life plan was rigid and set in stone, but upon coming here, I realized the importance of allowing for fluidity and change when it is needed. Using the help of advisors and Buckeyelink, I was able to look up a major much better suited to my needs and interests. I have switched from biochemistry to human nutrition. Human nutrition is a major I will most likely stick with for the rest of college and I have made a four-year plan for it with my advisor. I am now preparing for a pre-dental track instead of pre-medical after extensively reading about career and education pathways in both. My back up plan is optometry.
Since I am on the bhangra team and plan to continue with it throughout college, I will easily be able to incorporate aerobic exercise into my schedule three to four times a week. I also plan on continuing weight lifting three times a week as well. On the weekends I plan on at least spending one dinner out with my friends. I also will have the opportunity to travel and spend time with my team due to competitions on the weekends.
I have the same professor for all of my nutrition courses so I will definitely go to her office hours and use her help and guidance to find research in the nutrition field. I have many upperclassman friends on my team as well as from my town that are already giving me advice on a pre-dental track and DAT study plan since they are either now taking it or applying for dental school.
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This year I have grown exponentially as a person. I am currently a part of Buckeye Bhangra, Ohio Health Aid, Sherniyan Di Sarkari, and the Indian American Association. With the dance team Buckeye Bhangra I have received the opportunity to travel to Raleigh, Pittsburgh, D.C., Cleveland, and College Park (Maryland) and meet teams from all across the United States. We even placed third at the National Championships. I have a team that is not only a group of friends but also a family. I have now joined another independent dance team Sherniyan di Sarkari. I never danced in high school so even trying out for the dance team was a step outside of my comfort zone. This summer I even get the opportunity to travel to Toronto and Houston to dance as well. I couldn’t imagine my life without it and can’t wait to spend the next three years with this team.
Ohio Health Aid is another campus organization that has changed my life. It is a club full of dynamic and influential human beings and have never seen a new organization do so much. Even its inaugural screening went quite smoothly despite the many challenges it faced. I cannot wait to be its chief of finance this upcoming year. With the Indian American Association I got to experience my first leadership position on campus as the freshman representative. Helping host a fall cultural show, the Big Sib Lil Sib program, and other cultural events across campus. Next year I look forward to being on its executive board as the Big Sib Lil Sib Coordinator.
Next year I can’t wait to host more events with all of these organizations and travel to more states with my team to compete. I hope to continue doing just as well academically as I did this year and hope I can balance schoolwork well with my extracurriculars. I hope to start research in nutrition and volunteer at a the Columbus dental free clinic and start shadowing.
My name is Simran Gill and I’m a freshman at the Ohio State University majoring in biochemistry and sociology. I graduated from Twinsburg High School. During high school I was involved in multiple extra curricular activities and served in many leadership positions. I served as the president and founding member of the Twinsburg Interact Club, President of the Toastmasters club, the Vice President of the Environmental Club, Vice president of the Foreign Language club, Treasurer of Student Council, and as an Environmental Commission member for Twinsburg City Council. I also danced with the Akron University Bhangra team and Richfield Gidda team. I hope to continue these passions during my college career. My desire to pursue a career in the medical field stems from community service. I worked as a junior ambassador with Cleveland Clinic, as an assistant activities director in Sunrise Pointe Nursing home, and as a Kent State Research intern. I aspire to one day become a pediatric psychiatrist and can’t wait to make the most of my years at Ohio State!
I interviewed Chandni Shah a fourth year neuroscience major planning on attending dental school next fall. When I asked her what she thought was the hardest thing to adjust to in college she told me it was the amount of studying in college comparing to high school especially since most of the class work was done outside of class without someone pushing you to do it. She had started research the summer of sophomore year and got it by reaching out to a neuroscience professor after attending office hours multiple times. One piece of advice she would give her freshman year self would be to not spread yourself out too thin and join multiple extra curricular activities just to fill your resume. She told me to pick a few things that I am truly passionate about and to commit myself to those. She knew that she wanted a pre-health career that was easier to balance with family life than pre-med. She saw dentistry as a stable growing career with great work hours that also fitted her interests in healthcare. Her clubs and extra-curricular involvement include ASDA, Buckeye Bhangra, IAA, and GHI as well as volunteering with Wexner Medical Center and free dental clinics. Her favorite college memory was placing third at the 2016 national bhangra championships with Buckeye Bhangra. When I asked her what letters of recommendation were needed for dental school she told me that it depends on the school but it is helpful to have 2 letters from science professors (one from your major if possible), one from a non science professor, and one from an outside source such as a work supervisor or dentist you regularly shadowed She had began touring dental schools around junior year summer right before applying and had applied to 10 dental schools this year. Her back up plan is taking a gap year if she is not accepted or attending nursing school.
This past year I have volunteered at my gurdwara by teaching Punjabi class for the kids at our temple and by serving in the community kitchen each weekend. I also worked with Ohio Health Aid during their first health screening as an organization for about 5 hours at local YMCA where I was a runner (who ran patients to and from the various stations) and doctor’s aid (where I took notes and got the doctors anything that they needed for the checkup) . I also volunteered at the Ohio Heath Aid Blood Drive for two hours where I helped with signing in and recruiting donors and was even able to donate blood for the first time. Lastly, I worked with IAA on their Be the Change Day fundraiser for half of a day at a temple where we helped with their services and community kitchen.
My most memorable service experience was with the IAA Be the Change Day. It was one of the first events I helped coordinate with the club since I am on the executive board as a freshman representative. I’ll never forget how panicked I was at the idea using campus resources and reaching out to upperclassmen I didn’t know during my first few weeks on campus. It instilled within me confidence early on and showed me that working with clubs in college is no different than working with clubs and high school. It also showed me how helpful everyone on campus was and if I had a question there would always be someone willing to answer it no matter how ridiculous I thought it was. I felt as though I already had a very reliable support system I could lean back on whenever I needed and introduced me to the wide variety of resources available at the student union.
Another reason Be the Change Day was one of my favorite events was because it taught me so much more about another part of my culture I never knew existed. I’m a first generation Sikh Indian American and the temple we volunteered at was a Hindu temple. I had always read texts on Hinduism at my gurdwara Sunday school and attended temples a few times for functions but never truly experienced the religion firsthand even though a majority of my Indian friends were followers of Hinduism. For the first time I got to experience in person what I had read about in books and could draw so many parallels between the Hindu religion and my own. It gave me a better appreciation of both religions and showed me how interconnected each was.