my household, education was always a high priority. From my earliest
years my parents instilled in me the belief that intelligence, perseverance
and a good work ethic would help me to succeed in anything that I put
my mind to. However, when I was growing up I could never figure out
what I wanted to do in life. I always knew that I wanted to help people
in a way that would leave a long-lasting impact on their lives. As a
result, I began to explore all of the fields which I thought I would
enjoy and which would allow me to help people at the same time. During
my period of exploration, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to
attend a conference on women in the sciences. I walked out of it knowing
that pharmacy was the track that I wanted to take. I began earnestly
researching and finding information on schools, scholarship opportunities
and job shadowing that could prepare me for this field.
This fall I will be a sophomore majoring in chemistry. Currently, I
attend South Carolina State University in Orangeburg, South Carolina.
I am a part of the South Carolina Alliance of Minority Participation
(SCAMP) and I am under the direction of Dr. Judith Salley. SCAMP is
a program that offers scholarships as well as internships every summer.
Upon completion of my undergraduate studies I would like to attend either
medical or pharmacy school. My long-term goal is to become a pharmacist
or a P.A.
I chose this field of study because I knew that I could take the pharmacy
track as well as take studies which would qualify me for medical school.
My option would be to get my masters degree and teach chemistry at the
high school level.
This program thus far has allowed me to work with UNIX, HTML, Remote
Sensing, Dreamweaver, and Arcview.
Although this is my first year in research I know that this is just the start of many more similar experiences to come. My immediate goal is to complete an internship every year. By doing so, I will gain valuable research experience that will help me to become a more capable science student as well as enhance my chances for acceptance to professional and/or graduate study.