About Gabrielle I’m a 5th year pharmacy student at St. John’s University, where I’m proudly serving as the Alpha Pi Chapter President. In the past, I’ve also served my chapter as an Orientation Leader and Community Service Chair and held leadership roles through professional affairs committees and fundraising committees. I also currently hold positions in Phi Lambda Sigma and our campus’s ASCP chapter.
Being involved has always been important to me, and I love holding these positions because it slowly makes me more comfortable with “coming out of my shell” and fosters my leadership skills. Outside of school, I currently work for CVS Pharmacy in Long Island, New York, and I’ve been there for about 2-1/2 years. I really love where I work and have developed such strong ties with my patients that have only grown stronger over time.
In 2016, I happily attended my first LKS convention in Scranton. It opened my eyes to a part of LKS that I was not previously exposed to. Meeting other sisters from around the country and sitting amongst Grand Council members was surreal and only furthered my passion for our organization. I’m so excited to attend more conventions, and plan to fly to Atlanta in summer 2017!
Why did you join LKS?
I first joined LKS because I wanted to become more involved at St. John’s. I had my friends from freshman year, but, like everyone, I wanted to find a place where I belonged and felt at home. I found a table at our school’s annual Activities Fair with our letters on it and was introduced to an organization with girls who soon became my family. A fraternity with girls like me who also were all in pharmacy? Count me in! The idea of having older girls around me that could act as mentors throughout the program was very attractive to me and made me feel supported in a way I had never felt before. I had people there to give me advice on school, professors, classes, and how to study. It made my anxiety lessen a bit. School became manageable when I was surrounded by a family who knew precisely what I was going through and could help me. Since then, that feeling has only grown stronger. Now I provide advice and tips to my younger sisters in hopes to make them feel as comfortable as I did.
Most memorable LKS experience?
My favorite memory is when I attended the 2016 convention in Scranton. I’ve had plenty of amazing memories with my sisters in Alpha Pi, but to see an entire deeper level to our organization was really mesmerizing. It is one thing to learn about convention and the Grand Council members from your chapter members, but it’s a whole different experience to physically attend the conventions and work side-by-side with these established women in activities, business sessions, etc.
There are so many sisters who work tirelessly to better our organization and become involved in our profession in ways that I didn’t know existed, and it is inspiring to sit among them and learn from them. In Scranton, I sincerely learned the meaning behind being a “lamb for life,” and I simply cannot believe that I waited so long to attend. I really advise anyone to attend upcoming conventions, because it will change your life for the better!
What are your career plans?
In the future, I’m very open-minded when it comes to where I want to end up. I like where I currently work and wouldn’t mind possibly staying there. I love working with patients on a day-to-day basis, and creating personal connections with people is something that I’m successful at.
Next year, I’ll be going on my APPE rotations and will be exposed to different fields that I’ve never seen before. I’m very excited to learn what the pharmacy world has to offer and hope that these experiences will help me further narrow down my “life plan”. As long as I’m able to work with patients and make a difference, I will be happy!