I just finished my sophomore year of college majoring in Pharmaceutical Sciences, minoring in Business, and pursuing a Pre-Dental track. While my major may indicate that I want to go to pharmacy school, I have always had an natural passion and excitement for dentistry. I find the pharmacy field very interesting and mentally stimulating; I love learning about how different molecules in drugs effect different parts of the human body, and how those molecular interactions relate to the symptoms and effects that are observed externally. Dentistry involves a lot of pharmaceuticals because Dentists have prescriber status, which means that they can prescribe medication to patients, without having the limitations that other professions may have. An understanding of the different effects that different drugs have on someone as well as correct dosage amount and drug to drug interactions is crucial to practicing good dentistry, and these are the reasons that I have chosen the Pharmaceutical Sciences major. I chose the Business minor with the hope of gaining a good amount of knowledge on how to run a good business, or at least understand the components that go into doing so. I want to have this knowledge because it is my dream one day to have my own dental practice, for which I will be the owner and need to know how to optimally run the business.
I started volunteering through a program at Ohio State this year called the T.O.P.S. (Transition Options Post Secondary) Program at Ohio State. The program gives me the opportunity to volunteer with students who have intellectual and developmental disabilities, and work with them in academic and social settings to help them to become more comfortable, confident, and independent in those settings. I think that this experience really helped me to develop an appreciation for diversity, and how important it is to accept and accommodate everyone’s differences. Volunteering through this program helped me to gain an appreciation for all that I have in life, but the importance in acknowledging and adapting to the differences that others may have in comparison to myself. It was an eye-opening experience; I became a better listener, a better leader, a better student, and a better friend. I was able to have the privilege of getting to know many of the T.O.P.S. students, and from interacting with them often and learning more about them, I was blown away by all of the strengths that each and every one of them have, and how much each of them can offer to this world. I was challenged by being put in situations that I have never been in before, and surrounded by a community that I hadn’t been exposed to before. This helped me to develop a global perspective by gaining a much better understanding of people within this community, and how rewarding it is to be a friend and a mentor to these students.
During this year I engaged in several different service opportunities that were available through Health Sciences Scholars or other organizations on campus. During the first semester, I participated in the first Service Sunday that was at the Martin Janis Community Center, and did other miscellaneous volunteering events such as a Blood Drive Event through Med-Life and volunteered as a timer at a swim meet that was a day long event. During second semester, I went on a Southeast Ohio Learning Trip through the College of Pharmacy. We had the opportunity to volunteer at several places around Athens including United Campus Ministries and the Southeast Ohio Foodbank.
At the beginning of April I went to the Student National Dental Association Impressions Day at the College of Dentistry at Ohio State. During this day I had the opportunity to talk to several dental students of various years and asked them all about dental school, the admissions process, preparing for dental school, etc. I received a lot of advice and insight from these students. A third year student mentioned the importance of things outside of school, such as volunteering or engaging in activities that are hobbies and make a person unique. He mentioned that everyone has great grades, and that everyone has an important position in some club on their campus, but that the thing that allowed him to be accepted into Ohio State’s Dental School was the involvement and passion that he had for a club that was completely unrelated to dentistry. Additionally, a second year student gave the advice to ensure to take the DAT (Dental Admissions Test) during junior year of college, and to specifically prepare for the vision portions of the DAT by practicing in practice testing books. The biggest thing that I took away from talking to these students is to ensure that I find something that I am passionate about and stick to it, even if it has nothing to do with academics or the medical field, and to make sure that I demonstrate that dedication and passion in the admissions process.
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