Class year and major: Class of 2013, Pharm.D.
Why did you choose Butler: I have always had a passion for chemistry and service to my community. My grandfather studied to be a pharmacist, so I knew since childhood that pharmacy could be a great career field for me. After touring Valparaiso University, Purdue University, and Butler University, I deduced that pharmacy was indeed my optimal career choice. I chose to attend Butler for a variety of reasons. The small student body and class sizes at Butler enticed me, as I attended a small elementary school and high school. I knew Butler would provide me with opportunities to participate in a myriad of academic and extracurricular activities. Attending Butler is a decision I will never regret.
Most memorable academic experience(s) at Butler: I will never forget the day I received an e-mail indicating that I had been selected as a recipient of Butler’s Top 100 Students for the second consecutive year. It is such a fulfilling feeling to know that students and faculty believe my efforts reflect the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences ideals of being agents of change.
Activities you’re involved with outside the classroom:
Phi Delta Chi: I rushed this professional pharmacy fraternity as a freshmen, as I was interested in meeting more pharmacy students outside of my freshman class. Through the fraternity, I have been able to develop my leadership skills by holding various positions (vice president, correspondent, and committee supervisor), attending regional and national conferences, and serving my community. I’ve worked blood drives, volunteered at Ronald McDonald House, and participated in Indianapolis’ Rebuilding the Wall. Not only has Phi Delta Chi been a networking opportunity for me, it has enabled me to become a leader in pharmacy and to establish lifelong friendships.
Phi Lambda Sigma: I am currently serving as the president of this student pharmacy leadership society that recognizes students for their exemplary leadership during their collegiate experience and offers opportunities for leaders to further develop their leadership skills. Through this organization I have organized fundraisers and planned events for high school students interested in pursuing pharmacies.
Butler University Community Health Screening: Two fellow pharmacy students and I plan, coordinate, and host this free, annual student-run health screening on Butler’s campus. We recruit student pharmacist and student physician assistant volunteers to help perform the screenings or perform other tasks, such as patient check-in or transferring patient information. Coordinating the health screening has allowed me to experience the science of pharmacy in a more clinical setting.
Rho Chi: Rho Chi is a pharmacy academic honor society recognizing students for their scholastic achievement. In Rho Chi, I have served as a tutor for students studying human anatomy or microbiology. I am an independent resource that students can utilize if they wanted to seek tutorial help outside of their professors or classmates.
Relay for Life: I have participated in Butler’s Relay for Life since freshman year. I have served as a participant, team captain and an executive board member.
The most important thing you’ve learned at Butler: Do not hesitate to participate in a variety of academic and extracurricular activities. Butler offers so many different activities and experiences that should not be overlooked. By getting involved, you will not only have fun; you will be rewarded with better leadership abilities and a better skill-set to achieve your career goals.