My name is Sam Simmons, and I am currently in my 4th year of pharmacy school. I have been part of Alpha Iota Chapter for the past six years. During my time in LKS, I have served as President and have held many chairs, including Sergeant at Arms, Professional Development, Hygeia Day, Membership Orientation and Sports. In August 2017, I was excited to attend my first LKS convention! I had a great experience meeting other sisters, working with alumni members and exploring the city of Atlanta.
Outside of LKS I have been part of other organizations for pharmacy and leadership, including the Student Michigan Pharmacist Association, American Health System Pharmacists, Order of Omega and Ferris State Pharmacy Peer Mentor Program.
Outside of school, I work as an intern for CVS Pharmacy and ride horses. For the past three summers, I managed a horse farm on Mackinac Island, a car-free island in northern Michigan. There I started a 4-H program, gave horseback riding lessons and worked with the growing community. I also enjoy attending sporting games with family and friends in Detroit for the Tigers, Red Wings, Pistons and Lions.
Why did you join LKS?
During my freshman year at Ferris, I was very hesitant about joining Greek life. Unsure what the benefit was, I decided not to join. During my sophomore year, I became friends with a girl in my hall who changed my mind. I attended a recruitment event and instantly fell in love with everyone’s passion for pharmacy, Ferris and each other. I learned that Greek life was much more than what I saw on the surface. I was able to attain leadership experience, give back to the community and make everlasting friendships along the way. Joining LKS let me be part of this big family, which has made my time at Ferris unforgettable.
Most memorable LKS experience?
I have many great life-long memories during my time in LKS. From sisterhoods, initiation, Hygeia Day, community service events, Greek Weeks and intramural sports, I have enjoyed all events with my LKS sisters. One of the memories that I will always hold close to my heart is meeting my Big Sister. This was the first official step of being part of such a great sisterhood, and being welcomed with open arms confirmed I made the right choice!
What are your career plans?
Once I graduate in May 2018, I plan on completing a PGY1 Residency program. Currently, I don’t have a particular area of pharmacy that I am set on, but I enjoy ambulatory care, cardiology, critical care and pediatrics. I am excited to have chosen a profession with so many options for my future and look forward to helping my patients.