I grew up in Glenville, W.Va., a small town with only one stoplight. The daughter of two teachers, I learned at an early age how important education was. As I got older, I also became very active in athletics. My competitiveness soon became evident on the playing field as well as in the classroom. I was determined to set goals and not stop going after them until they were reached. My senior year of high school, I scored 1,000 points in my basketball career, was named State Player of the Year in volleyball, was a member of a state championship team in both volleyball and track and was named Valedictorian of my graduating class. Finally, my hard work had paid off. After arriving at Fairmont State on a volleyball scholarship, however, I realized how much more hard work was needed to meet my new goals. I condensed the Pre-pharmacy program into two years, which proved very tough in addition to my busy volleyball schedule. Two weeks ago I was notified of my acceptance into West Virginia University’s School of Pharmacy, so I am extremely happy that I was able to dedicate myself and try my very best.
I would tell current students to make the most of their college experience by getting involved in various clubs and organizations. College can be a very tough time if you fail to make friends by isolating yourself. Attend plays, ballgames and get-togethers, or join an intramural team or a science club. Take advantage of all that college life has to offer!
As a student-athlete, one of the most important things I learned while attending Fairmont State was time management. Juggling volleyball and the rigorous courses I needed to fulfill the Pre-pharmacy prerequisites proved to be very challenging. I learned the importance of prioritizing and staying ahead.