Keren Darzi graduated from Long Island University (LIU), where she studied pharmacy and health sciences.
We talked to Keren about her experience as a JFEW LIU Scholar and here is what she had to say.
JFEW: What was the most meaningful lesson you learned or experience that you had while in college?
KD: One of the most meaningful lessons that I learned personally is to always try; no matter how hard the curriculum is, or if there are hurdles, I always tried to put myself out there where, even if I fall, I at least have gained the tools to get back up again even better than before! Also, reaching out and learning that I do not have to face a certain obstacle alone, especially through the outreach and support of JFEW.
JFEW: What accomplishment during your time in college are you proudest of?
KD: My proudest accomplishment was being awarded the prestigious honor of Who's Who Among Students. Over the past four years, I dedicated myself to both academic achievements and pharmacy leadership through hard work and diligence. As vice-president of both the Rho Chi Academic Honors Society and the Phi Lambda Sigma Pharmacy Leadership Society, I have worked efficiently as a member of a team. As a proactive leader; this includes committing myself to expanding community outreach, peer tutoring, and organizing a mentor and mentee matching program. As a peer tutor and runner up at the local APHA [American Public Health Association] counseling competition for the past two years, I gained an effective skill set in combining clinical knowledge with practical involvement.
JFEW: What does being a JFEW Scholar mean to you?
KD: Participating in the JFEW program allowed me to meet others with varying backgrounds yet similar, unifying goals. With the help of JFEW, I feel that I probably would not have met accomplished young Jewish women with the shared desire to thrive and succeed. Being a part of a community that is larger than myself will forever link me with those whose education is a cornerstone in valuing achievement and personal growth while never forgetting the immigrant background that allowed me to reach my own potential. It's my goal to return to the JFEW community, whether financially or through volunteerism. It gave me so much, including a feeling of safety, peace of mind, and shared connectedness.
JFEW: What are you doing now?
KD: Upon completion of a post-graduate residency opportunity, I plan to pursue specialized training in oncology or critical care. Moreover, my long-term goal is to become board certified, and pursue a career as a practiced clinical pharmacist involved in scholarly research. With the generous support from JFEW, I can now envision this dream a possible reality. Another long-term goal of mine is to volunteer and contribute the spirit of generosity and kindness that JFEW has instilled in me.