Akhil Golla

"Since my career interests are health care related, I thought the best way to learn about medicine and to make a difference in peoples lives was through the National Health Corps."

Hometown:
Bridgewater, NJ

Educational Background:
Temple University

Host Site:
Philadelphia Department of Public Health - Health Center 2

Why did you join NHC?
Since my career interests are health care related, I thought the best way to learn about medicine and to make a difference in peoples lives was through the National Health Corps. I love how the program is geared to help the under served  and focuses on community development. I think this experience would be valuable for me, as my future goals include working for NGOs and leading public health initiatives.

What are your plans after AmeriCorps service?
I hope to get into medical school and continue my education after this year of service.

Tell us about an employment, service, or research experience that was important to you.
Recently, I traveled through India and Cambodia as part of my goal to explore every country in the world. As a way to understand the medical systems in Asia and its public health initiatives, I worked in a medical camp set by American doctors in a rural town of  India. I was lucky enough to know the local language (Telugu), and acted as a translator between the natives and the English-speaking doctors. The experience was pretty exciting, but trying: I had to quickly brush up on my Telugu skills in order to accurately portray the information the patients told me about their histories and maladies to the doctor, and accurately inform the patients about their illnesses and medications that I heard from the doctor . It was probably, out all of my service experiences so far, the most engaging. Overall, I learned so much from the camp about Global health and ways doctors can be citizens of the world by helping others outside their location.

What first sparked your interest in community service?
I have been doing community service ever since I was in elementary school! At first it may have been frustrating, but I grew to love being in an environment of self-less service and have not looked back since.In my hometown I helped clean up dirty streets, cook in the local soup kitchens, act as an activities coach for autistic children, and played games with seniors in old age homes. All I can attest to is that I am probably most content when I am not focusing on myself and helping others.

What about Philadelphia excites you the most?
I love the variety of cultures in Philadelphia, and wish to further explore the niches the next year. I also love how accessible the city is through biking.

What’s your favorite food?
Dosa (Indian pancakes)