Giving Thanks and Giving Back / by Micah Brown

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, I thought I'd share with everyone the reason why I love this holiday… The Food! Just kidding (sort of). But in all seriousness, this is the time to be thankful for what you have and who you were blessed to have in your life. The fact that you’re able to get up every morning and make something of yourself is a blessing in itself. While you’re surrounded by family and food this holiday season, don’t forget about those who aren’t as fortunate. The main reason why we chose to be in the medical field isn’t the fashionable scrubs we wear, or the prestigious title “Doctor”, it is to help others.

How I Gave Back

I have always felt that it is important to give back to the community. “Give and it will come back to you” Now this is not to say that whenever you give, you should expect anything in return. But the satisfaction of putting a smile on someones face or knowing you changed someones life for the better is reward enough. My junior and senior year of undergrad was spent organizing a medical supplies drive with my fellow teammate in order to raise awareness of the worldwide need for healthcare. We teamed up with Global Links, a non-profit based in Pittsburgh, that is dedicated to supporting health improvement initiatives in resource-poor communities. We spent months planning, educating people at sporting events, and receiving donations for this cause. At the end, we were able to raise over 900 medical supplies- from hygiene products to mobility items. Click on the video below to learn all about the Mobility Initiaive. 

Ways You Can Give Back

  • Volunteer at a Homeless Shelter or Nursing Home
  • Be a Big Brother or Big Sister
  • Go on Medical Based Missions Trips
  • Organize a Drive (clothing, medical supplies, canned goods, baby products, textbooks, etc)
  • Volunteer at a Charity Run or Walk
  • Look up Non-Profits in your Area that need Assistance 

Resume Building

Now because we are trying to either get into Medical School, PA School, Dental School, or any higher education, it is important to always look for ways to build your resume and stay well-rounded, right? Adding a Volunteering or Community Outreach section to your CV or Resume can make you more appealing to reviewers by creating depth and giving you that competitive edgeb. Making volunteering a habit shows that you are willing to spend time to help others in need while studying for exams, doing research, etc.  In addition, being involved in skill-based volunteering or skill-based community service is the most impressive to reviewers. This type of volunteer work improves your communication, accountability, and builds character. 

With all that being said, I hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving filled with loved ones, great food, and great football (#HailToTheRedskins)! And remember to not just wait til Thanksgiving to tell the people you love how thankful you are for them.