I am a 3rd year pharmacy student at the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy (Class of 2019). Alpha Kappa Chapter is one of the organizations I participate in, but I am also a member of the American Pharmacist and National Community Pharmacists Associations.
As Philanthropy Chair (2016-2017), I planned events for In Their Shoes (a fundraiser for the Loren Smith Cancer Center here in Athens) and Project HOPE. This past year was the first time I attended an LKS convention, and with being the host chapter, it was an incredible experience. I plan on attending the APhA Annual Meeting as well as the APhA Mid-Year Convention.
I work for City Pharmacy in Jackson, Georgia, which is the small town where I am from. It is a small independent pharmacy that helped expose me to the life of pharmacy, and I will forever be grateful for it! My hobbies include baking/cooking, dancing and singing.
Why did you join LKS?
I joined LKS because I saw the need for women to empower each other and make a difference. I felt as though I was home with my new LKS family and that me being there would make difference. LKS showed me that it is okay to be different and to work towards your goals no matter how hard they seem. Whenever one sister is need, we do our best to help until the task at hand is complete. I now realize that LKS has helped me not only gain confidence in myself, but it has given me a family that will be with me until the end of time.
Most memorable LKS experience?
Every year in Athens, LKS teams up with the Loren Smith Cancer Center and helps plan a 13.1 mile walk to help raise money for cancer patients/survivors. Our chapter works tirelessly July through October doing fundraisers, such as Flamingo Flocking and the annual bake sale. Being the Philanthropy Chair, I was able to do the walk with my Philanthropy Committee and two faculty members. The walk seemed never ending but as we neared the finish line, there were individual signs made for all of us and the people of Athens were cheering us on across the finish line. I have never felt more proud to be part of LKS and to help such a noble cause. It will be a memory that never leaves me, and I will cherish it forever.
What are your career plans?
My career plans are either to explore a career in hospital pharmacy or independent pharmacy. I have always worked for an independent and love the atmosphere of being able to speak with the patients one-on-one. But I was just exposed to the hospital realm of pharmacy, and it was such a new experience. I loved every minute of it, and it made me reconsider my career choice. For right now, I will see where my fourth year takes me and what career path I will pursue!