As the NEOMED Class of 2026 starts their journey, we wanted to learn more about students from this group. We invited them to share their stories. Here is one response:

Meet first-year pharmacy student Kayla Kelly from Pataskala, Ohio. Kayla earned a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry pre-pharmacy from Ohio University.

What compelled you to pursue a degree in health care?

I’ve always had a fascination of learning about the ins and outs of medicine, the effects on the body and why – which led me to pharmacy!

Why did you choose NEOMED?

It offered the familiarity of a small-town feel and not a large university which is appealing to me, coming from a small town like Athens!

What specific career do you hope to pursue?

I plan to get my Pharm.D. and hope to work as a behavioral health pharmacist in a behavioral health/rehabilitation facility.

When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I always loved singing and putting on shows as a child, so maybe an actress?

What is your favorite thing to eat and why?

Sushi! Could eat it every day.

What book or movie are you currently recommending to friends? Why?

Anything Colleen Hoover for the romantics or cliffhanger types.

You are handed a plane ticket to anywhere in the world. Where are you going? Why?

Italy. It’s always been a dream, that I plan on making a reality in the next few years, for reasons like the culture and definitely the FOOD!

If time and resources were no object, what skill or hobby would you pursue? Why?

Would love to start my own business, preferably a restaurant or winery. Although I never quite acquired the knack for cooking…

What’s your hype song? Why?

I don’t really have one! Love all genres.

What would people be surprised to know about you?

I am a 1/4 Korean!


Are you in the NEOMED Class of 2026? Introduce yourself using any or all of the questions above. Send your answers to Be sure to include a photo!

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