Sunday, April 30, 2017

The Best of Times

April Hours: 10
Spring Semester: 32 (KIPP)
Total Hours: 63

As this program comes to a close, I can’t help but reflect on the year. It’s hard to believe that I came here in July of last year. The friendships I have made, the relationships I have built, and knowledge that I have accumulated has truly made this year one of the best by far. The faculty members belonging to the Pharmacology department are all eager to help and see you succeed. Moving forward, I am extremely confident that what I have accomplished this year will play a vital role down the line as I begin my journey into the field of medicine. We grew not only as individuals, but as a group, and have constantly used each other as points of reference and for advice. 

Above all, this program taught me how important it is to dedicate yourself to service within the community. Regardless of the city you are in, acting members of the community should look towards each other for help and support. New Orleans, a city of such culture and history, prides itself on the strength of community and support. We were able to experience this first hand through the tornado that touched down in February. Seeing the resilience and dedication of the community was something I had never experienced. Though my time in this program has ended, I will be staying here next year and plan to continue my weekly visits to KIPP Leadership Academy. Our weekly group of volunteers may shrink, but they will absolutely continue to see the Tulane representation from all of us who are staying here next year.

I can say with confidence that I am ready for the next step. Here’s to more years like this in the future.