The College of Pharmacy Career Services Representatives Program is a one-year volunteer service and leadership experience for select students in the BSPS and PharmD programs.
Career Services Representatives help to plan and implement events throughout the year, including the career fair, networking events and employer information sessions. These students also pair up to produce workshops for their peers.
The following is a list of some past workshops that the representatives have managed:
- Ambulatory Care Pharmacist Panel
- Culturally Sensitive Care for the Transgender Patient
- How to Beat Burnout
- Pain and Palliative Care Pharmacy
- Recipe for Successful Networking
- Retail Versus Specialty Pharmacy
Meet our Career Services Representatives:
Avianna Aguilar-Romero, third-year BSPS student
I am a third-year BSPS major from Chicago, Illinois. After finishing my undergraduate program, I plan to attend pharmacy school and work toward becoming a pediatric pharmacist. My current interests include traveling, trying new and fun restaurants in Chicago, and working out. On campus, I am involved in CHAARG, the Morrill Scholars Holistic Well-Being team, Gamma Phi Beta Sorority and I volunteer at the Wexner Medical Center. I became a Career Services Representative because I wanted to connect with staff in the College of Pharmacy and become more familiar with the Career Services department.
Catherine Berger, first-year PharmD student
I am a current P1 student and BSPS alumna and originally from Dayton, OH. In my free time I enjoy hiking, kayaking, bouldering and spending time with my friends and family. I am a huge fan of finding great deals in Columbus and sharing my finds with others! I am currently working at the Wexner Medical Center as a pharmacy technician in The James Inpatient Pharmacy. In the future I want to pursue a career in hospital, ambulatory or industry pharmacy. I became a Career Services Representative because I want to help others in the same way that Career Services helped me during challenging times in school, such as applying to pharmacy school. Helping to reduce student stress when it comes applications, interviews and networking is my goal for this upcoming year.
Maddie Ferguson, second-year BSPS student
I look forward to getting more involved in the College of Pharmacy in my second year of the BSPS program. I aspire to use the leadership skills that I have gained through varsity sports by working as a medication expert on a team of physicians in a hospital setting. I plan to complete a pharmacy specialty residency in either ambulatory care, infectious disease or oncology. I believe that being a Career Services Representative will further build my network as well as my foundation of leadership and professional communication skills. Outside of the classroom, I enjoy spending time in my hometown of Chicago, working out, attending music festivals and hanging out with my baby sister. I am also in the Chi Omega Sorority and am heavily involved in our philanthropy through the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Meredith Harris, first-year PharmD student
As a first-year pharmacy student, I am currently interested in pursuing a career in academia. With that being said, I am open to getting involved in as many relevant opportunities, which is what led me to become a Career Services Representative. It is my hope to help other students get to where they want to be. I recently began interning at The Ohio State University Outpatient Pharmacy. When I am not working or studying, I like to hang out with my dogs, try new restaurants and cheer on my favorite teams!
Jessica Martz, second-year PharmD student and program leader
I am a current P2 student and completed my BSPS at OSU as well. I am interested in health system pharmacy and am looking forward to gaining experience this year to learn more about residency and career opportunities. I currently work at the Wexner Medical Center as a pharmacy intern in a role that is a combination of pharmacy administration and clinical experience in the central pharmacy and IV room. I have been a part of Career Services Representatives program for three years and am excited to continue networking with students and professionals, as well as to be a part of creating unique events and opportunities for students. In my free time, I enjoy trying different workout studios in Columbus, hanging out with my family and friends, and anything that involves being outside.
Smit Patel, third-year PharmD student
I am captivated by the challenges to make the future of health care a reality today and am fascinated by the disruptive spirits of digital technology like AI, VR, Voice, mHealth, sensor tech and more. I am currently working with a startup, HealthPlan Data Solutions, to break into this $300 billion market to bring transparency by fighting the rising cost of health care using innovative technology. I love people, problem-solving and turning ideas into innovation one day at a time. I joined the Career Services Representative program to motivate and manifest students discovering bigger, brighter and better non-traditional routes with a PharmD degree to be #unstoppable next-generation pharmacy leaders of tomorrow!