HOSA E-Magazine - page 8

By:
Bhavana Kunisetty
Grade 10
HOSA-JUMP Coordinator
American High School, California
My
HOSA
Journey
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I would encourage all
students to take the
initiative to learn what
your local HOSA chapter
can offer and to use your
HOSA resources to make
a difference in society.
At the beginning of my sophomore year, I attended the first HOSA
Informational Meeting at my school. Although at first I went for
the free cookies, my attention soon drifted away to HOSA and
immediately I knew I wanted to join! Following the first meeting, my
chapter attended the Regional Leadership Conference. While chatting
with a few friends, I met my local State JUMP Advisor, as she talked
about her local JUMP Chapter and what they did the past year. I
stopped her in the middle of her sentence and said, “You have got to
tell me how to start one at my local middle school.” And that’s where
the journey started….
A few weeks later I held a JUMP Open House at my local middle
school. Initially I was nervous if anyone would show up, but I was
reaffirmed when 80 people showed up at the first Jump Open House.
The room was filled with enthusiasm, and with the help of my Jump
State Advisor, we were able to convince many interested students to
sign up! The following few weeks, I meticulously created curriculum
and mentored these students. Finally the day of the State
Leadership Conference came and I had full confidence in my students
and they proved me right! With just 1½ months of preparation, we
achieved 1st place in Medical Terminology, 1st Place in Medical Math,
and 3rd place in Health Career Display. After the awards ceremony, I
was immensely proud. I could not imagine how far we’ve come from
that rambunctious batch of kids I had first met - we were winners
and we were prouder than ever!
I thoroughly enjoyed working through HOSA to give back to my
community and inspiring young children to pursue health and HOSA
in the future! I would encourage all students to take the initiative to
learn what your local HOSA chapter can offer and to use your HOSA
resources to make a difference in society. I wish you the best of luck
on your wonderful HOSA journey and I hoped you enjoy mine!
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