Name: Gwendolyn Knowles
School: University of Toledo College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (UT CPPS)
LKS Chapter: Alpha Mu
Office(s): Vice President of Alpha Mu Chapter; Secretary of CPNP UT CPPS Chapter
Work: Master Science Tutor at the University of Toledo, Teaching Assistant for UT CPPS
Hobbies/Current Activities: I currently serve on the curriculum committee for the college and I am working on a research project with one of my peers on the adverse effects of gabapentinoids. When I am not in class, researching, or working, I enjoy creative writing and playing Dungeons and Dragons with my friends.
LKS Activities: I like to spend my time in LKS volunteering as much as possible. For me, this includes being on several event committees and serving as chair for various fundraisers and service events. My goal for LKS is to serve my sisters and organization in any way I can while also building relationships with my sisters that will last a lifetime.
Meetings: I attended LKS national convention for the first time in 2018.
Career Plans: I am currently a P3 and recently obtained my BSPS. I still have two more years of pharmacy school to go: one year of didactic education followed by a year of APPE rotations. Post-graduation, I intent to pursue residency in hopes of going into academia and becoming a professor at a pharmacy school. Education is my passion and I believe I can have the biggest impact on the pharmacy profession by shaping the future of it one brilliant mind at a time. I’m not sure exactly what area I want to teach yet, but nephrology and diabetes have been some of my favorite topics thus far.
I joined LKS because I was persuaded to, but it turned out to be the best decision I had ever made. When I started college, I did not have any interest in being apart of a fraternity or sorority because I thought they were only for partying and socializing. However, one of my close friends who is an LKS sister approached me, saying that I was mistaken. She spoke of service, sisterhood, and how fulfilling it was to have a group of people who you could turn when you needed help, especially when you’re in pharmacy school. While it took her several different conversations, she eventually persuaded me, and I joined LKS during my P1 year. To this day, it is still one of the greatest decisions I have ever made and I’m proud to be a sister of this wonderful organization that has taught me that a group of girls can be so much more than just a social group. LKS has help me grow into a strong and compassionate leader, and I am honored to serve this year as vice president of Alpha Mu and give back to the organization that has helped me develop so much over the last few years.
My most memorable LKS experience was Big/Little reveal when I was a little. I remember being so nervous but also excited as having a family was the last major milestone of being a full-fledged member of the organization. To my greatest joy, the sister who had worked so hard to push me out of my comfort zone and encouraged me to join LKS turned out to be my Big, and to this day she is still mentoring and encouraging me to be the best person I can be. I am truly thankful for all the memories LKS has given me and I am looking forward to making many more.