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Alumni Spotlight: Meet Miranda Franke!

LKS spotlights student and alumni members that are making a difference in their chapters, in their communities, and in the field of pharmacy.
Tell us about yourself: (school, chapter, work, hobbies, LKS activities, meetings attended)
 I graduated from Western New England University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences this May as a member of the Beta Beta Chapter of LKS.  I am currently employed part time as a pharmacist at the independent pharmacy I got my start at before school.  I have now worked for the family for 12 years, where I started as a register girl in high school.  My interests include going country line dancing, cruise vacations, target shooting and shopping for a bargain.  I also really enjoy looking for and collecting historical pharmacy artifacts like vials, prescription logs, compounding utensils, and visiting pharmacy museums.  I love getting together with my sisters near and far for weddings, conventions, and hearing that since graduation everyone of them has been able to succeed in their careers.  I have been to St. Louis Convention as a collegiate and this year to Buffalo as an alumni.
I joined LKS because:
I was first exposed to the mission of elevating women in pharmacy at University of Rhode Island with Xi chapter where I attended for pre-pharmacy course work.  I met some of the greatest girls and got to learn what being a lamb was all about even though I was not a true pre-pharmacy student.  So when I transferred to Western New England I knew I would be able to find a great group of people with the same interests as me with an LKS chapter on campus.  I also knew that by becoming a member I would make friends that would last a lifetime, because a sister will always have your back.
My most memorable LKS experience:
It was the night we got together for our big little reveal as a chapter.  It was a causal evening where no one was worried about SOAP notes or what to study for the quiz on Monday, it was so memorable because we were all present in the moment.  The older sisters of our chapter had put together a great event where we shared pharmacy stories as well as personal stories of what led us all to become pharmacists and what experiences we had that helped us choose our career paths.  It was a great night among the numerous memories LKS has given me.
Career plans:
I hope to work in a community setting that will let me get extremely involved in my community with outreach to the local senior citizen homes, churches, and elementary schools where I could talk or organize flu shot clinics.  I want to educate the younger generation about the importance of taking only medication written for you, what a pharmacist does, and what we can do to ensure we don’t spread germs so easily.  I hope to get out from behind the bench to get care to people who can’t come to the pharmacy for it and hope to find a location that I can grow on these ideas with me over time.
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