During my college search process, I had an idea about what I wanted to study. My Dad helped me reach out to leaders in the MSL community and his former summer intern to discuss pharmacy programs because I am fascinated by how drugs can make an impact on a person’s life.
Women in STEM doing what I want to do truly excites me, and I want to be a part of this growing community, helping to make a difference in the world one person at a time. I began this process in April during the early days of the pandemic. Zooming with many women in science and learning of their journeys and accomplishments in their professional development is what spoke to me. They are each accomplished in their area of specialty and knowing they all began in pharmacy inspired me to pursue this direction for a college major.
Each conversation helped me to hear and see different paths available with a pharmacy degree. No matter the journey, each person I spoke with has made and continues to make a difference in her community, and especially as they advocate for patients.
My greatest takeaway from meeting MSLs is understanding hard work, dedication and perseverance will take you far in life, especially during a pandemic. I am grateful for the opportunity to connect with women who began their careers in pharmacy. I encourage others curious about what they want to study in college to speak with those who are working with similar degrees and ask about their experiences and how they came to their current job. These Zoom meetings have truly helped me. I also happen to enjoy wearing MSL merchandise.
Class of 2021 John Paul II High School, Plano, Texas