NSCS Alumni Spotlight: Oddessy Allen

Campus: University of West Georgia

Graduation Year: May 2021

Degree Program: Psychology/Health and Community Wellness 

When did you join NSCS? I joined NSCS in 2018. I wanted to make lifelong connections with a group of like-minded individuals! I wanted a family away from my family and that is exactly what I received by joining NSCS. I became an outstanding leader on campus, gave back to my community through volunteering, and I excelled in my academics with the support and resources provided by NSCS.

How did your time with NSCS help prepare you for life after college? NSCS has developed me professionally and connected me to people in my current career field. As the Vice President of Professional Development during my time there, I was planning professional development events for our members and learned from these events myself.

What was the most important thing you’ve gotten from your time as an NSCS member? I’ve gained confidence with NSCS! This was the very first organization that I joined and my first leadership position on campus. I was brought out of my shell, and it made me into the leader that I am today.

Where are you now since graduating? I’ve relocated from Georgia to Nashville, TN, and working towards my master’s degree in Medicine, Health, and Society. I currently am employed as an Oncology Research Assistant at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

If you could give a newly inducted undergraduate NSCS member advice on their path through their collegiate journey, what would it be? Don’t be afraid to embrace change. Even when it’s unexpected, uncomfortable, & unwanted. Shift your perspective and celebrate the opportunities that come from it!

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