Ola Omotowa, a spring 2015 graduate of the University of Utah is a highly motivated individual with all of the qualities of someone who can light up a room. With a polite, friendly, and outgoing attitude Ola is easy to get along with. He has a quiet sense of confidence as he should as he carries an extensive background of participation and success in groups such as debate, student government, and community service. With his sights set on medical school, Ola has also developed an impressive internship and work history including ample time as an undergraduate research & teaching assistant as well as two Hinckley Institute of Politics internships. I sat down with Ola in to talk about his internships experiences and future goals.
1. How do you believe this experience and your past experiences set you apart from your peers?
-This internship gives me insight into the inner workings of the Federal Government regarding health care, it enables me the opportunity to learn about the decisions process and focuses of the government when it comes to decreasing health disparities among Americans. From my past experiences I have become a very detail oriented person along with being idea driven, attention to detail is of utmost importance as well as being an observant and engaged learner.-
2. What are your 7 year goals?
- I have my sights set on medical school along with getting an MBA. Study how to decrease health disparities in the United States in order to help more people and create better access to healthcare for more people.-
3. How did you get involved with the Hinckley Institute of Politics
-To be honest, my friends called me out on my "big ambitions" so I set out to prove them wrong. I knew I needed to set myself apart from others through experiences along with boost my resume with valuable internships. I knew the Hinckley offered internships and I had heard about the HHS internship so I went to the Hinckley for more information and they pointed me in the right direction.-
4. What would you change based on what you've learned through your experiences with the Hinckley
- I would take advantage of all opportunities and make time to do so. Be driven in all aspects of life and determined to learn from those around you, be careful to focus on what matters and don't waste time.-
5. What has your favorite part about this experience been?
-Just experiencing the east coast and Washington D.C. has been incredible from a social and professional standpoint. D.C. is a very fast paced environment that keeps me motivated, opportunities here are endless and potential connections are endless as well.-
Closing comments from Ola:
-Challenge your thoughts and push yourself. GO UTES!-