It was the perfect match.
When Wabash College sophomore Andy Leshovsky was looking for some type of volunteer opportunity, Pre-Health Professions Advisor Jill Rodgers told him about an opening at the Christian Nursing Service and the Well Baby Clinic.
What a perfect match for a Spanish major who is planning on going to med school once he graduates from Wabash.
"It's really kind of unbelievable," the Minnesota native said. "You need to have volunteer work on your resume when you apply to medical school and I was looking and this popped up. It was just unbelievable."
So for the past two to three months Leshovsky has been spending his Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the clinic translating for the staff. The clinic is always looking for people to help translate with the ever-growing Spanish-speaking population in Montgomery County.
"He has been a godsend," Michelle Thompson of the Christian Nursing Service said. "He is so patient with all the patients and takes time to help them all fill out the paperwork. He is always pleasant and such a nice young man. I think all my nurses would like to adopt him because he is so nice."
The addition of Leshovsky to the staff as a volunteer has helped to lift a bit of the burden. Since the summer, the clinic had been basically relying on two other translators and with the clinic being open on Wednesdays and Thursdays, sometimes it was tough to have someone available all the time.
"Sometimes people had to wait for us to get someone in here to translate," Thompson said. "He has really helped ease that burden."
So how did Leshovsky become a Spanish major?
"With Wabash being a liberal arts school you can major in anything," he said. "They tell you to major in something you like and I love Spanish. I had taken it in high school and it was one of the best classes I had as a freshman so I decided to make that my major."
Leshovsky said the work at the clinic has been an experience.
"It's been great," he said. "There are some days where they are lined up for a translator. Other days, there may just be one or two people who need your help. You just never know, but it's something I really enjoy and I am glad I can help people out and like I said I couldn't have asked for a better opportunity."
Leshovsky said he is hoping to become a permanent fixture over the next 2 ½ years, as long as his classes don't interfere.
"The experience is great," he said. "I just can't believe how lucky I was to have this opportunity to come open."