LKS spotlights student and alumni members that are making a difference in their chapters, in their communities, and in the field of pharmacy.
Tell us about yourself: (school, chapter, work, hobbies, LKS activities, meetings attended, career plans)
Hello. I am a current PY4 at Western New England University and was president of the Beta Beta chapter for two years. I have attended the last three LKS conventions. My first convention was in Atlanta, and I have loved them all. I am a current intern at Walgreens in Springfield, MA and I have been with the company for almost 6 years now. When I am not busy with my current rotations, I love to cook, hang out with my two cats, and spend time with my two younger sisters. After graduation, I am looking forward to working as a community pharmacist in my hometown.
Which of our core values (sisterhood, leadership, service, scholarship and integrity) do you feel you most strongly represent and how?
LKS stands for so many wonderful things and I always try to embrace all the core values in my everyday life. Leadership, especially, has been very important to me throughout this journey. When I first joined LKS, I was quickly the only active member on campus with all my other sisters actively going through their rotations. I was left with big shoes to fill and unsure how I was going to recruit girls when it was just me. After that first semester of intense recruiting, I was able to form a pretty strong group of new members and together we built our chapter up. Being the leader that they needed to continue our chapter as well as teach them about LKS and its values was one of the more difficult challenges I have faced, but also one of the most rewarding. It taught me that being a leader is not just dictating what is going to happen but stepping back and talking about it as a group and deciding together. It is easy to get wrapped up in a project and lose focus of the bigger picture. I found that asking for help was not a sign of weakness, but in fact strength. There are many different leaders and all of us are one in our ways. LKS has helped me develop my own immensely.
What pharmacy or LKS related events are you looking forward to in this upcoming year?
Convention by far has always been something I look forward too. My first one in Atlanta was terrifying and amazing at the same time. I was traveling alone and meeting up with a group of girls from the Alpha Beta chapter at UCONN. I had never met them before, but they quickly become great friends of mine. Convention was where I discovered the strength to figure out how I was going to build my chapter. Previously I was convinced that I was going to mess it all up, but all the girls really helped to build my confidence that I took with me back home. Since then, I always emphasize how important convention is and it is why I returned back to Buffalo and Milwaukee. I am definitely looking forward to the next one!
What is your favorite chapter/school tradition?
My favorite school tradition is always the first Friday of school where we have a College of Pharmacy organization fair. It is a great time to introduce yourself to the incoming PY1 students. You can tell that they are very nervous and overwhelmed by all the booths and potential organizations they could join. However, as the time goes by, they start to become more relaxed and really enjoying themselves. It is not always about the organizations, it is about meeting your new colleagues and forming friendships while introducing what the college has to offer. Pharmacy school would be impossible without friends and we all need to stick together, especially in a small campus such as ours.
Who do you see as your role model in LKS and why?
Christine O’Donnell is definitely my role model in LKS and was so helpful when I first become president. There were many times I called her overwhelmed about what I was doing, and she walked me through it every time. When I was convinced that I would never recruit anyone, she would build my confidence back up. I probably would not have made it through without her.
What makes you excited to be a ‘lamb for life?’
I am excited to be a lamb for life because all my sisters are so amazing. Everyone I meet has been so kind and genuine that I could not imagine joining another organization. The connections you develop and have are worth it every time. We are all of each others biggest supporters and friends. If I needed help with something, I would have no doubt who to ask. Our members are truly something special and I wouldn’t exchange that for the world.