Ashley Roland - 2017 Graduate
In every youthful mind, including my own, being able to take on the world and excel in any profession is impetuously established; however, little did I know I had so much I still needed to find in myself. I know the Chemistry Department as well as my research mentor and advisor, Dr. Paul Birckbichler helped me do just that. I was always set on the field of pharmacy; however, I learned to always keep my options open and opportunities will come your way only to make you a better person in the process. Along the way I was brought into the research world of cell-to-cell interactions, where I learned patience, time management, and there is always a solution to a problem. Although research may not have been my pathway of choice, I will follow in Dr. Birckbichler's footsteps to ensure that I am passionate and fully committed to the work that I do as a pharmacist. What truly solidified who I was and where I belonged, was the ongoing part-time job at Rite Aid Pharmacy, which gave me hands-on experience, more in-depth knowledge of the field, and reassurance that the Doctor of Pharmacy degree is the best track for me. My time and accomplishments at Slippery Rock University have solidified my long term goal and commitment to pursuing an advanced degree in pharmacy as well as afforded me opportunities, which have prepared me for this journey into LECOM school of pharmacy. There is still so much to learn, but I am confident that I am well prepared for the academic work, professional standards, and personal requirements needed to become a Pharmacist all thanks to my time at Slippery Rock University.
Shelby Schettler - 2017 Graduate
When I started at Slippery Rock, I was not sure what I wanted to do exactly, but I knew I was interested in science. I enjoyed learning about chemistry so I decided to become more involved by picking up a minor and eventually a major. I chose the ACS-certified track because I was interested in research and the degree path required at least two credits of independent study. Research and working as a teaching assistant really inspired me to continue the path as a researcher and an educator. Working hard early on in my career gave me the opportunity of pursuing an REU position at the University of Oregon, which solidified my decision to pursue a doctoral degree in chemistry. My research experience and my grades eventually paid off because I was accepted by the University of Pittsburgh for graduate school and was offered a fellowship to work in the summer.