Scholars Dentistry Dine with the Department

I attended an event where we ate and talked with a man who was part of the Dentistry Program in Ohio State. He taught us the difference between Medical School and Dentistry School and told us what being a dentist really means. This experience has changed my life dramatically. I never thought of becoming a dentist and with this event, it has made me rethink what I would like to do career-wise in the future. 

About Me

My name is Mohamed M. Soumakieh, however, I go by my middle name, Malek. Both of my parents came from Syria and I was born in New York. I am currently a first year student at The Ohio State University and I am currently majoring in Biology and hopefully on the path to Medical School. I graduated from Wheelersburg High School and was also named Salutatorian. During my high school education, I was engaged in 3 years of soccer, 2 years of the National Honors Society, and 4 years of karate.

Year in Review

My August 2017 semester was a roller coaster ride. It had its’ ups and downs. In the beginning of the semester, I was expecting college to be like high school. That was a huge misconception. After the first Chemistry midterm, I realized that I really needed to start studying harder and more efficiently. Now that I have changed how I used to study, my grades are slowly starting to improve. Hopefully, my next semester will have a better start as I am now starting to understand how college works.


G.O.A.L.S stands for global awareness, original inquiry, academic enrichment, leadership development, and service engagement. Global awareness means that students should be encouraged to gain new experiences through traveling abroad and to try to utilize them to help them in their future careers. For example, I am considering studying abroad in the middle east to help we with gain more knowledge my minor in Arabic. Original inquiry means that students should learn to solve problems that come up in their way. They may practice doing so by engaging in research and would teach them how to handle and solve problems along the road to their career. In the future, I am definitely considering doing research and would like to start around my second year at Ohio State. Academic enrichment means that student should not be taking classes that are easy purposefully. They should try to enroll into rigorous that will challenge. I could debate that my Chem 121o class is achieving that, but also in the future I will have to take other rigorous classes that will fulfill my biology major. Leadership development means that students should try to earn leadership positions while being at Ohio State through clubs, raising fundraisers, and in community service. I will try to do this by trying to achieve a position in the pre-med club through the upcoming years. I am also involved in a community service at my local mosque.

Although I may still be a first year at Ohio State, I do have many goals in mind that I would love to achieve. By this semester my goal is to try to balance my studying with playing soccer. My goal in college overall is to better help me prepare for entering medical school. My goal is to hopefully end up entering a medical school where I would graduate and become a successful doctor. Finally, my long-term goal is to raise a happy family. I would like to specifically talk about my goal in college overall, entering medical school and becoming a doctor. What kind of doctor? It would be a lie if I told you what I kind of doctor I would like to be because I could only name a fourth of the options provided. Ever since the 9th grade I have been trying to focus on classes that would help me achieve my goals. Furthermore, I have been gaining experiences through volunteers in the hospital and shadowing many different types of doctors. Now that I am in the scholars program I have many more options and opportunities to help me enter medical school. Through the scholars program, I am planning on doing research on many of the various topics out there. I also would like to try and get into a leadership position in the pre-med club. Lastly, I would like to volunteer in local hospitals and maybe later on travel to other countries and help over there.


In this picture, my Sunday School decided to leave me in charge (since I was the oldest) of raising a fundraiser and donate it to the hospital. So I decided that all the children of the school submit some kind of art work and we would then present them to the public and see if they would purchase it. At first, it was kind of hard since most of the students at school were very young and I had to adapt to deal with young kids which was something I had never done before. However, as you can see, all went well and we raised exactly $1000 which was much more than I thought I could raise with young children’s art. This experience has taught me that not all situations are the same, you have to adapt and change the way you normally do things in order to complete the task presented.