COLLEGE: Ohio Northern University
When I take a step back and look at my life, I cannot help but feel blessed.
I have a family that lovingly supports me in all I do. From coming to my First Communion to watching tennis matches and attending volleyball tournaments and birthday parties, my family has always been there for me. My parents are great role models for me, and they have taught me to always do what is right and to stick to my values no matter what. My parents have also helped me realize that if I have faith, everything will work out in the end. My family has truly shown me what unconditional love means.
My appreciation for my family has increased after my volunteer experiences through the Appalachian Service Project. ASP is an organization that allows church groups to travel throughout the Appalachian region and spend a week in the summer repairing homes for people who cannot do it themselves. These ASP trips have reinforced my belief that personal relationships are more important than material possessions. I met one family in which the father had worked hard for years in an auto repair shop in order to support his family, and now he lays dying because the chemicals in the repair shop damaged his lungs. I also met a man whose daughter died shortly after childbirth and who raises his physically and mentally challenged granddaughter with a love that is almost tangible. I may have helped these families, but they helped me infinitely more by showing me the importance of relationships and reminding me to cherish every moment that I have with the people I love.
My experiences with ASP also helped me realize that my purpose is to help others. I have decided to pursue a career in pharmacy, a field that enables me to use my talents to benefit others. After shadowing pharmacists at many hospitals and retail settings, I have seen the difference that pharmacists make in the lives of their patients, and I would love to one day have that same effect on my patients.