By: Mohammad A. Rattu, Pharm.D. Candidate c/o 2012
We sometimes need to step back and look at our foundations for success. Clearly, without the support of past and present Rho Chi executive board members, there would be no Rho Chi Post newsletter. From our May to September issues, we will learn about each of our local chapter’s board members on a more personal level. Our insight will predominantly include their nicknames, hobbies, favorite quotes, reasons for accepting the Rho Chi invitation, and motivations for becoming part of the executive board.
Our second executive board member insight is with Bethsy M. Jacob, current fourth year student pharmacist and Historian of Rho Chi.
Q: We all have nicknames, for one reason or another. What have people called you, either in the past or right now in college?
A: “Pepsi” is what my friends called me back in high school, as it somewhat rhymes with my name. At St. John’s University, a few friends have started calling me “Jenny”. It has nothing to do with my name, but Jenny is a good friend of mine. It started as a joke, but now I have started to answer to “Jenny!”
Q: Oh, so that is why one of your online profile pictures was a Pepsi logo! Ha-ha! What are some of the things that you like doing outside of pharmacy?
A: I really enjoy reading books, especially the ones that I find hard to put down until I have reached the end. I also love to play sports, like tennis. Lastly, I like canvas painting – it would be amazing to, someday, have at least one piece of mine displayed in an art gallery.
Q: Canvas painting is definitely something that I would like to get back into myself – I used to paint back in high school! So, what is your favorite quote?
A: I actually have two favorite quotes! The first is: “If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world.” – C.S. Lewis, one of my favorite authors. The second is: “Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.” – Mother Teresa.
Q: Two quotes from two great individuals. Now, when you received an invitation to the Rho Chi Academic Honor Society, why did you accept it?
A: Firstly, I thought that it would be an honor to be a member of Rho Chi, pharmacy’s premier academic honor society. As a prestigious organization, it would allow me to grow as a student and as a professional through active involvement. Rho Chi would also be a platform to meet other students and faculty members – these people could provide me advice on achieving my own professional goals.
Q: Ah yes, there is definitely an element of networking within our local chapters. Finally, what was your impetus for applying to an executive board position?
A: I applied for an executive board position because I wanted to develop myself as a leader and garner new skills. I understood the executive board position would ask me to become more involved and promote the profession of pharmacy, at least on our campus. As a result, taking this first step has truly opened doors to new opportunities and experiences, and I have learned quite a lot since my induction into Rho Chi.
We thank Bethsy for taking the time to provide us with this insight, and look forward to highlighting the other Rho Chi executive board members.
If you have any additional questions for Bethsy, please email her at [email protected]!