The event I attended was a graduate and medical student career panel for Nu Rho Psi. Nu Rho Psi is the National Honor Society for Neuroscience. I found it at OSU’s Student Involvement Fair and it caught my interest since I am a Neuroscience major. There are a lot of Neuroscience clubs at OSU but I believe Nu Rho Psi is one of the better clubs for Neuroscience. The club offers plenty of service opportunities and interesting events such as the career panel I attended. I’m on the premed track but have always been interested in research and graduate school. Being able to listen to grad students and med students compare and contrast each others career choices was very helpful since I need to start figuring out what career I want to pursue after undergrad. I really appreciated the students deep and blunt descriptions of what their daily lives are like in their field. The students weren’t afraid to share the worst parts of their daily life and it’s really important to hear those details to figure out if that option is really for you. I also got the emails of some of the grad students that I shared common interests with. I hope to interview one of them to get to know more about the research they are working on.
It’s great how many Neuroscience clubs there are because it really helps the Neuroscience community tighter and helps you get to know peers that are taking the same courses as you. I look forward to my upperclassman years of Neuroscience when I know almost all of my peers and get to know my advisors even better. The one thing I don’t like about all of the Neuroscience clubs is it’s kind of annoying to figure out which clubs I should invest my time in. My school email is cluttered with club emails telling me about meetings. It’s especially annoying when multiple Neuroscience clubs schedule their events at the same time, I wish the clubs with common interests would work together more. Which some do, for example this career panel was a Nu Rho Psi club meetings but they worked together with the BRAIN club which I am also a part of. They are “Buckeyes Raising Awareness in Neuroscience” and are more focused on fundraising for Neural disorders.
A benefit of having so many clubs with similar interests is that you can find the club that is the perfect fit for you instead of settling with a club that only slightly interests you since it is the only option. Another benefit of having so many clubs is that there are different size clubs for similar interests. For example OSU Premed club is a quite big organization so they will have some pretty great connections with people in medicine since they have the resources to acquire them. But being such a large club you can get lost in the crowd and there is less of a feeling of community. While on the other hand a smaller club like Care for Columbus is a lot smaller so you get to know every person in the club. It even allows you to build a bond with the leaders of the club since the ratio of members to leaders is a lot smaller. This is very valuable to a freshman to meet upperclassman in the same major as you so you can get mentorship from someone that has been through the path I’m currently heading down.
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I am currently a first semester freshman neuroscience major on a premed track. I have an interest in genetics and computer science and am exploring potential minors I may pick up. I believe being proficient in programming languages is important in a lot of career paths. Especially as I’m interested in research opportunities so being able to manipulate data through programming can be very valuable. My original major was molecular genetics but I changed to neuroscience before arriving at tOSU. I still have a strong interest in genetics and am interested in possibly minoring in it and hopefully participating in research for molecular genetics at OSU. I’m excited to start taking higher level courses in my major. I’m taking Behavioral Neuroscience and it is my favorite class. The brain is so complex it never fails to impress me of what the brain is capable of. What is even more interesting to me is how much we still don’t know about the brain. This also applies to my interest in genetics since we are learning so much about genetics every day especially with the rise in cheap gene modification methods.
A goal I am currently working on is exploring clubs that interest me. One major regret I have is not getting involved in clubs earlier in high school. Clubs are a great way to learn what hobbies interest you and form connections with your peers. OSU’s Student Involvement Fair is a great opportunity to see what clubs may interest you and allowing you to ask questions face-to-face with the clubs’ representatives. Right now the clubs that interest me the most are Hillel and Boxing Club. Hillel is a religious organization that helps me explore my Judaism and Jewish Community. Boxing Club is a way for me to have fun while getting a workout in and helps get my mind off of school for a few nights a week.
Another goal I have is finding meaningful volunteer opportunities in the Columbus area. Especially finding clinical volunteer work since I am on a premed track. My current plan for achieving this goal is joining service clubs that could introduce me to volunteer opportunities I may not be aware of. These clubs could also be helpful since the leaders/organizers may have connections with volunteer work that I wouldn’t be able to access by myself. It can also benefit to car pool with other club members to service events.
The biggest goal I have right now is getting into med school. No easy task but I am glad I am preparing now as a first semester freshman. It’s stressful to think about all that needs to get done to be competitive for medical school’s admission process. A quote that encourages by Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is,
“The size of your dreams must always exceed your current capacity to achieve them. If your dreams don’t scare you, they aren’t big enough.”
This gives me hope to achieve my goal; it may not seem possible now but if I stay focused and constantly work toward my goal i will be successful.Fortunately, the neuroscience program has great resources for planning and advising neuroscience students in their road to med school.