MSP grad brings ODI experiences to the table as she tackles new role on Board of Trustees

Carly Sobol in scrubs

MSP grad brings ODI experiences to the table as she tackles new role on Board of Trustees

By Aaron Marshall

The day that Morrill Scholar Carly Sobol held a brain in her hand, it changed her life forever.

That day came during Sobol's freshman year as the budding neuroscience major got up close and personal with raw gray matter. “I thought, ‘Alright, this is the coolest thing in the world,'” Sobol recalled with a laugh. “I'm a big advocate for humanism in medicine and my neuroscience background has helped me understand the human part of behavior.”

Now, a third-year medical student, Sobol had another big moment this fall when she got word that Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine had appointed her to the The Ohio State University's Board of Trustees as the graduate student representative. “Getting the call that I was appointed was incredibly exciting,” she said. “It reminded me of when I was awarded my (MSP) Distinction scholarship—just a feeling of total gratitude.”

Sobol said her primary goal during her two-year term will be to advance the university's strategic plan for improvement. “I want future Buckeyes to have a good experience, the kind of life-changing experience that I had.”

As she looks back on her days in the Morrill Scholarship Program, the 2018 graduate said it exposed her to a bigger, more diverse world than the one she knew growing up. “There was a whole lot of diversity, a whole lot of opportunity for questioning and growth. I got a chance to meet people I would have never met otherwise, and it was something new and exciting for me. I wish everybody would get that kind of opportunity because of what it meant to me.”

Sobol said she gives MSP a big dose of credit for her development during her undergraduate years. “I am so grateful to ODI and MSP and the way that set me up for everything I have been able to do and will be able to do,” she said.

While she may have a high-powered board spot and a future in surgery beckoning, Sobol is dedicated to building resiliency among current and future medical professionals. She helps teach her fellow medical students and others to engage in mindfulness as a way to bring more joy to their lives. “It's learning to pause. It's being on a walk and looking at the trees and feeling the breeze,” Sobol said. “Stopping to smell the roses, you know?”