The College of Pharmacy Career Services Representatives Program is a one-year 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:
Samantha Schaaf, First-year BSPS student
I am a first-year BSPS student from Dublin, Ohio. I am exploring career opportunities in the medical field. I hope to remain within the pharmacy education program and learn about the wide variety of pharmacy occupations to find something I enjoy for the rest of my career. I became a Career Services Representative to take a step out of my comfort zone and learn a wide range of new skills in different areas. Since starting college, I have picked up ultimate frisbee and spike-ball. I played in the Dublin Taiko Group (Japanese Drumming) for 7 years and held a leadership position for 4 years. I enjoy volunteering at the Nationwide Children's Columbus Marathon and making hats and no-sew blankets for preemie babies and cancer patients.
Katelyn Lester, Second-year BSPS student
I am a second-year BSPS student from Avon Lake, Ohio. Currently, I am interested in pursuing a doctorate of pharmacy and a specialty in nuclear or hospital pharmacy. I became a Career Services Representative because I am fairly new to the BSPS program, and I hope to become more involved in the college of pharmacy to make long lasting connections with faculty, staff, and peers! I am also very excited to present new ideas to the Career Services department and to help other students utilize the resources. In my spare time, I love to tumble, work-out, and watch new TV series.
Phoebe Huang, Third-year BSPS student
I am a third-year BSPS student from Mason, Ohio. I am interested in pursuing a master’s in public health (MPH) or a doctorate in medicine (MD), and hopefully, I can specialize with a career in managing infectious or cardiac diseases. I became a Career Services Representative because I have used Career Services to perfect my internship applications which provided me with great insights. I want to be able to develop my professionalism and become more involved in the College of Pharmacy, as I switched my major freshman year which limited the opportunity to meet many BSPS students! During a typical school year, I like to be involved in research, and I was part of the Campbell lab briefly last year. In my free time, I like to bake and paint.
Megan Best, First-year PharmD student
I am a first-year PharmD student from Lake Villa, Illinois, a small town in the northern suburbs of Chicago. The PharmD program has helped me discover newfound interests in industry, the drug development process, and health systems pharmacy. Ultimately, I want to love what I do to ensure that I am helping patients every day. One of the reasons I pursued becoming a Career Services Representative was to develop as a professional. In one of the first courses in the PharmD curriculum, Natalie Fox prepared materials and hosted information sessions about professional development topics. That made me feel even more at home here at the College of Pharmacy. In my free time, I enjoy working out, cooking, and baking.
Anna Denny, Second-year PharmD student
I am a second-year PharmD student from Hudson, Ohio. I hope to pursue residency after graduation and work in an ambulatory setting managing chronic diseases. I became a Career Services Representative because I have been at Ohio State for five years now, and the Career Services team has truly helped me develop my professionalism as well as help me prepare for interviews and other opportunities. I wanted to be a part of this team to continue to improve my professional skills and bring new ideas to the college for future students. Some additional hobbies I have are working out (I'm obsessed with cycle bar!), finding new restaurants to try around Columbus, and watching the Cleveland Browns play every Sunday.
Catherine Berger, Second-year PharmD student and Program Leader
I am a second-year PharmD student from Xenia, Ohio. I am currently interested in pursuing either industry or hospital pharmacy upon graduation. I think my APPE rotations will direct me down the path I want to go toward. I became a Career Services Representative because, for the past five years, I have utilized Career Services many times, from workshops, to CV reviews, to Lunch and Learns. I wanted to contribute to helping students get as much out of Career Services as I have by having an active role in planning for events held throughout the year. In my free time, I enjoy hiking, kayaking and camping when I have time! I am a big fan of baking and watching The Great British Baking Show for its wholesome content.
Megha Gandhi, Third-year PharmD student
I am a third-year PharmD student from Centerville, Ohio. Currently, I am thinking about managed care/industry, but also love ambulatory care. Hopefully my APPEs next year will solidify what exactly I want to do in the future! One reason I became a Career Services Representative is because I have come to Natalie and Ally many times to help me with my CV, letters of intent, or just general career advice. They have been so helpful for me and helped me learn many different things, that I hope to pass that knowledge on to classmates and students in the College of Pharmacy. In my free time, I love watching reality TV, cooking/baking, and hiking. I also enjoy traveling, and my favorite place to go was Iceland.
Alex Cannon, Third-year PharmD student
I am a third-year PharmD student from Mount Prospect, Illinois. My current interests are in hospital administration, academia, and industry pharmacy. Career Services provides resources for every student in the College of Pharmacy and has been a constant during my time at Ohio State. The staff are truly invested in listening to students to find interests and helping them make connections. I became a Career Services Representative because I wanted to show how students that it is OK to not know what you want to do and we have people who can help search through ideas. Some additional interests I have are the Chicago Cubs, ice cream, reality TV, and exploring the various neighborhoods in Columbus.