Sarah Y.

Graduate Recipient

"Life can be a series of challenges or opportunities depending on how you approach it. As you enter adulthood, how have you conquered a difficult task to turn it into an opportunity? As part of your essay, please explain the significance of your creative presentation to your journey with CF."

One of the most strenuous challenges that I have worked to overcome was gaining acceptance into veterinary school. I was disappointed when I did not gain acceptance during my first application attempt. Instead of preoccupying myself with despondency after receiving a rejection notice, I took the opportunity to apply for a position in the research department at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. Soon after applying, I was hired within a laboratory where I worked on several projects involving lung repair and compensatory growth after injury. My decision to push through my feelings of disappointment led to an incredible opportunity that sparked my current career interest in laboratory animal medicine, and my interest in conducting pulmonary focused biomedical research. I believe that not gaining acceptance into veterinary school on my first attempt was the best thing that could have happened to me. Without the opportunities, experience, and knowledge that I received during my time working for Cincinnati Children's Hospital, I would not be where I am today in my career. I am currently getting ready to start my second year of veterinary school at The Ohio State University, and I am working on a CF Foundation funded project looking into the immune system response of CF patient lung epithelial cells after influenza virus infection. My creative piece is titled "Hidden Strength," and serves to represent my reaction when others are surprised to hear that I have Cystic Fibrosis. CF patients posses incredible strength hidden within, that often goes undetected.


Sarah Y.'s Artwork

Sarah Y.'s Achievements

  • Veterinary Scholar Summer Research Program Participant NIH and Cystic Fibrosis Foundation funded research project, 2015.
  • Excellent Employee Rating, and a part of 3 research papers published in the Pulmonary Field at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Research Assistant II Position, 2013-2014.
  • Ohio Veterinary Medical Association Member, Session Presider for 2015 Midwest Veterinary Conference, 2014, Present
  • Student Chapter American Veterinary Medical Association Member, Community Outreach Committee Member, 2014, Present
  • Cincinnati Veterinary Medical Association OSU First Year Veterinary Student Scholarship Recipient, 2015.
  • Wilmington College Graduating Biology Student of the Year, 2013.
  • Magna Cum Laude Graduation Honors Wilmington College, 2013.
  • Wilmington College Equestrian Team Western Rider, 2011-2013, Regional Competition Qualifying Rider, 2013.
  • Wilmington College Veterinarians of Tomorrow Club, President 2010-2013.
  • Greater Cincinnati Area Great Strides Walk Participant and Team Leader, 2011-Present.