Last weekend, I was elected to serve as the next NJCKI District Governor for the 2015-2016 service year. I’ve been in a state of shock for the past seven or eight days just because I have always wanted to serve as a District Governor but I never thought I’d actually get the opportunity to.
Now that I’ve been elected, I have already started thinking about what I should do for my Governor’s Project. I think I would like to do something related to mental health awareness. When I was working as an intern last summer, my mentor taught me all about this organization called Project Happiness. I have been considering doing something to further promote them or perhaps to partner with another organization like NAMI that deals with mental illness.
I can’t wait to lead my very own District Board. I am actually very curious to learn more about my own leadership style since this will my first time leading an entire district of passionate and committed CKI members. Everyone has a unique leadership style and I’m excited to see how I perform in the upcoming service year.
This weekend, I was a guest at a KCI convention that I attended with the current NJCKI governor. (My term officially begins April 1st.) In another two weeks, I’ll be flying to a conference where I’ll be trained on the basics of what a governor needs to know with all of the other governors from districts around the world. (The same exact weekend as my second biology exam – yay!)
Whatever happens this year, I believe the NJ District of CKI has an amazing future ahead of us and I’m genuinely so excited to see how the year unfolds!
Congratulations to you!!! Very happy and excited!
Hi Rocky, I stumbled upon your blog because of Rutgers. I did my undergrad there. I can see that it’s still as crazy and fun as I remember. haha
I was able to read a couple of your posts and just wanted to say Congratulations on all of your hard work. It’s great that you’re making the most out of your time there. I enjoyed spending time with my friends and participating in health education there at Rutgers.
Good job on tackling your premed classes! I still remember those so vividly esp. the crazy 5 hour orgo lab. haha Good job on getting through calculus, I know that was a pain for a lot of people. I’m guessing you won’t be embarking on the wonderful world of Calculus 3, Multivariable Calculus? =p Don’t forget your math though or else General Physics will be very painful! You’ll have to remember to find the value of the plane’s position from time (t=0) to (t = 1 minute/hour) and then use the law of sines when calculating the altitude of an airplane taking off. Fun, right? General Physics + Orgo is like going to Disneyworld. haha
However, the upper level science classes are more fun since they’re specialized. Cancer, pharmacology, systems physiology, neurobiology, human parasitology…those were fun since the people taking them were the ones interested and it wasn’t weeding people out like the general science classes. I had to take a lot of math though, going up to calculus 4 and linear algebra haha I don’t think you’d want to take those.
Make sure you do your best in orgo (but I’m sure you will). When I was a grad student, one of my students was premed and she called me after her med school interview. She was really intelligent and hard working. However, she got a B in orgo, but aced everyting else (bio, general chem, physics, calc, statistics, etc.). During the interview, the doctor interrogated her on why she just got a B in the course. She got through it though because she was also a volunteer EMT and tutored biology so he just nodded his head and smiled. Many of my former students actually asked if I could repost my science notes on my site which I’m doing right now. I feel like I’m preparing for recitation again. haha
In terms of pursuing psychiatry, that’s a very noble profession. During my clinical training, I would work together with the behavioral team (I was in pediatric oncology/hematology), and I got to see cases with the social worker and psychiatrist since they were the patients and families that I had to work with also. It’s really tough because there are so many emotions involved esp. dealing with sensitive and painful topics. You’re the person that they will come to when things seem to crumble. With healthcare changing, it’s becoming too fast paced and people can’t get the individual attention that they need. The focus is mainly on the physical ailments while the mental issues don’t get as much attention. So, I think it’s great that you’re pursuing it.
Good luck on your studies and I look forward to reading more about your adventures!