Being involved in the fellowship program was a unique and rewarding experience. Having the opportunity to interact with patients at the Charitable Pharmacy and assist them throughout the duration of the summer proved to be a great experience. After having time to reflect, I believe that there needs to be more charitable pharmacies. The charitable pharmacies that currently are in the state (three altogether) have proven to continue to be more effective, efficient and accessible for individuals who need the services and resources of the pharmacies. With a growing focus on access to healthcare, which includes pharmacy services, especially at the local level, I am glad that the Charitable Pharmacy of Central Ohio are evaluating ways to expand their reach and bridge gaps related to access to healthcare. For current students or recent graduates who are interested in learning more about the nonprofit sector, and have a desire to engage in career-related work, I would highly recommend The Columbus Foundation Summer Fellowship Program.
What’s next? Classes at The Ohio State University start next week, where I will be completing my last semester. I am excited to be a member again of Community Symphonic Orchestra during my last semester, which is the orchestra for non-music majors at Ohio State. I have been playing the violin since the fourth grade, and I am glad that I have continued to engage in this activity.
Overall, from being a participant in The Columbus Foundation Summer Fellowship Program, I have learned to expect the unexpected. Expect to take on challenges you never expected, to not be afraid to make mistakes, and most importantly, to learn and make the most of each and every experience you have, whether professionally or personally. And for students, you can help strengthen and improve the community for the benefit of all, in many ways, whether you are a participant in The Columbus Foundation Summer Fellowship Program or not- it starts from within.