With a passion for applied science, working with children, and teaching, Jonathan is a chemistry whiz with a clear career path toward pediatrics.
Teaching team morale to young players
“One of my favorite memories came during a Saturday morning practice as head coach of a 10U team. I would run with my team to start each practice because I would never ask them to do something I would not do myself, but the only requirement each time was that we would not cut corners on our typical path. This particular week, I noticed four of my players cut the fire hydrant that we always ran around on the far side of our path to shorten the distance. Once we all finished the run, I took a moment to let them drink water and rest while explaining how taking the easy path might not always be best for the long-term of one’s life. I then asked those who cut the hydrant to run the path again with me.
“Upon making this statement, two of my players volunteered to run with us, even though they did not skip the hydrant themselves. The rest of my team volunteered as well after this occurrence, which was when I knew what I was doing was greater than baseball. These players were buying into the team’s philosophy that we all are not only responsible for ourselves but also for the team as a whole.”
Understanding health disparities
“A meaningful experience that I had in a student organization occurred when I was in rural Honduras as a freshman with University of Michigan-Dearborn’s chapter of Global Brigades. While working in triage for the medical brigade, I met a woman in her fifties who had never met with a doctor before. This lack of medical attention became evident while documenting her health issues, as many of them were preventable with healthy choices and routine medical care. I did not understand the health disparities that existed in the world before participating in this brigade, as I have always had access to medical care.
“This experience left a mark on me as I now desire to combat health disparities and improve the lives of those who may not have the access to medical care that I do. I now actively seek experiences and resources to learn about important aspects that are involved in healthcare, such as geographic location and culture. I plan to pursue a career in medicine to improve the health outcomes of others.”
Helping your peers to the finish line
“I received an Undergraduate Research Award for my work in analytical chemistry, which was published in the peer-reviewed journal Drug Testing and Analysis. I also recently graduated in April with High Distinction. At graduation, a few of my chemistry classmates thanked me for helping them get through such a difficult program. Although I went out of my way to help others in every class and laboratory I have taken, having confirmation that I was able to make a difference in the education of my peers meant more to me than earning my degree. I take great pride in helping others, which is something I plan to consciously continue throughout the rest of my life.”