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Leadership Series: Michael Majeski

Michael Majeski is an example of how becoming a leader can be a life-changing experience. The sixth-year pharmacy major from Willoughby Hills, Ohio, was chairman of the President's Leadership Dessert Committee last year and is involved in numerous activities, but that was not always the case.

"During my freshman year, I was pretty uninvolved in campus life," Majeski explains. His first year was difficult, and he considered transferring.

"At some point, however, I decided to run for class representative on Pharmacy Council, and I won. That position led to another, which led to another, and so on, and I never looked back," he says. "Once I embraced Ohio Northern, the campus community was right there to embrace me."

Majeski is currently involved with many activities, including Academy of Student Pharmacists and Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Society. He is eager to take on greater responsibilities and challenges, and his roles in activities evolve into leadership positions. He describes his leadership philosophy as a system of rules.

"As a leader, I go by a rule of only asking people to do things that I would be willing to do myself. Another is that rewards do not always need to be monetary. A simple 'thank you' and a friendly smile can really go a long way."

Chairman of the President's Leadership Dessert Committee is Majeski's favorite leadership position. The Dessert honors 500 students and faculty who have shown excellent leadership abilities in extracurricular activities that year. Majeski was on the committee for two years and met many students, faculty and staff members who inspired him.

"From working with them," says Majeski, "I have learned that when people come together with great ideas and a lot of work, you can really accomplish something amazing!"

As a sixth-year pharmacy student, Majeski must complete a year of rotations before he can graduate. Many of his rotations are in the Cleveland area, but several will take him to new places throughout the country. He is currently in pharmaceutical information rotations at CVS Clinical Services in Woonsocket, R.I., and is excited to explore New England and see the headquarters of his employer. Also this month, he will be in nuclear pharmacy rotations at Cardinal Nuclear Pharmacy Services in San Antonio, Texas.

Written by Carlie Ellis
Senior, professional writing
Sardinia, Ohio