As an upcoming senior at the University of Virginia, I’ve already been asked this notorious question countless times. Three years ago, I took comfort in the fact that surely by my senior year I would know what I wanted to do with the rest of my life... a common misconception. Entering my final year here, I still *shockingly* respond to that question with “I don’t know;” however, through my summer as an OhanaHealth Fellow, I have learned to embrace that ambiguity rather than fear it.
Contrary to the stereotypical intern stapling papers and writing emails, I spent my time in Nashville working on major projects within my company, Stratasan, and learning from a variety of intelligent individuals in the healthcare and entrepreneurship space. As an intern at Stratasan, I gained invaluable experience in the healthcare realm; but through OhanaHealth, I had the unique opportunity to explore the bigger questions like “how am I going to impact the world?” and “what kind of person do I want to be?”
After attending a variety of panels on personal and career development, I left this summer inspired and excited for the future but more importantly I now know the necessity of reflecting on the present. OhanaHealth provided the time, space, and resources for that self-reflection and through conversations with the OhanaHealth team and my coworkers at Stratasan, I learned more about my strengths, weaknesses, and passions. For example, I absolutely love working on teams. Throughout the summer, our cohort broke into two groups and each created a hypothetical healthcare product and eventually pitched the product. Although I tried my best to maintain my somewhat “professional” demeanor, I have never laughed so hard in my life and truly enjoyed the company of my team members. Along the way, we also managed to create a pretty awesome mental healthcare product (if I do say so myself). Experiences like this one, among many others, made my summer in Nashville the best one yet.
Looking ahead, I might not know exactly what I want to do after graduation, but that’s okay. After my summer with OhanaHealth, I can face the future with confidence and excitement, knowing I now have the skills, resources, and experiences to equip me for whatever unknowns lie ahead.
Read More about Ellie's experience at Stratasan from her Intern Insights HERE.