Sunday, April 30, 2017

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April community service hours: 18 hours
Spring Semester total community service hours: 36 hours
2016-2017 Academic year total community service hours: 68 hours

This past month, I volunteered with the American Red Cross, Animal Rescue New Orleans (ARNO), and Second Harvest Food bank. Yesterday for the Red Cross, I volunteered at their Volunteer Recognition Event by working the front table and helping wherever it was needed. I also began volunteering at ARNO this month, where I walked dogs, cleaned cages, and changed litter boxes. I went and helped out there a few times this month, and had to resist the urge to adopt three animals each time. For Second Harvest, I sorted non-perishable food items as they came down a conveyer belt.

Academically, this month was rather light, which is why I was able to volunteer so much. I had to present a few times for Advances in Cardiobiology, Advances in Pharmacology, and Endocrine Pharmacology, but we only had one exam. I’m very pleased with my academic performance this past semester, and hope I can carry it on to medical school. Applications for medical school open tomorrow, so I’ll be using the month of May to work on them and submit them ASAP. I’ll also be continuing my research with Dr. Mondal this month and potentially in the summer.

I can't believe we're actually done with the seems like we just started. This year has exceeded my expectations in so many ways. The program was very challenging, but I found the material to be extremely interesting and practical. I feel like it definitely prepared me for medical school and gave me an idea of what classes in medical school are like. I'll without a doubt have a leg up on my med school classmates. I’ve also made amazing friends in the program and got to know and work alongside my professors, which was an added plus.