Isabella Gargiulo - HS 460x460Name: Isabella G. Gargiulo

Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio 

Major: Health Sciences

Minor: Medical Humanities 

Class of 2022

Fun Fact: All my cousins are girls

Career Path: Physical Therapy

Why did you choose your major?

I started as a nursing major because I loved the idea of having an intimate relationship with my patients where I would really feel like I was making a difference. Sophomore year I wasn’t sure if nursing would be the right path for me and knew that with a health sciences degree, I could always come back to that profession or change my future career entirely. I knew this major would include classes relevant to many different aspects of health care and was excited for the opportunity to learn more about different sides of health care.

What advice would you give future students planning to pursue this major? 

With health sciences you learn so much about different facets of health care, so my advice would be to keep an open mind. Some things may not seem relevant to your specific future goals at the time, but as a health care professional you will need as much knowledge as possible, because these professions are so team-oriented. You never know if something you learned in a class will someday be able to help a patient of yours.

What has been the most helpful resource(s) to you at Ohio State?

My health sciences advisor, George Marshall, was very helpful with scheduling. He met with me and answered any questions I had about switching to this major, choosing a minor and the best options for me, so that I was able to graduate a semester early. Dr. Diane Habash was my professor for HRS 4570, the Role of Integrative Medicine in Society, and taught many valuable things that helped me outside of class; one of which was mind-body interventions, that helped with stress. 

What are you doing as a student at Ohio State that you never imagined you’d be doing?

I never thought I would choose medical humanities as a minor. As a nursing major I did not have time in my schedule to include a minor and when I had the opportunity to choose one, I reviewed the curriculum and found this minor to have the most courses that I knew I would be most passionate about.

Do you feel prepared for the future of your profession?

I feel I have a well-rounded education where I have learned about so many aspects of health care so that I will be a valuable member of my health care team.

What does “The future of health care begins here” mean to you?

It is our responsibility as health care professionals to learn as much as possible while we are in school, to bring that knowledge into the workplace and make health care a better environment.