I did not enter college right out of high school because I had no guidance. No one in my family has a full college degree and no one in high school helped me understand the admissions process or where to start. I definitely wanted to go to college. My grades until high school were exemplary. I scored at the top of every standardized test in elementary school and even as the stress of high school and IB courses weighed on me, I was able to achieve a 28 on my ACT. However, having been around blue-collar workers my whole life and unsure of where I wanted to go to school, I decided to take a break from school and find employment. It was not until my daughter was born in 2011 that I realized I wanted more for myself and more for my family.
My parents struggled while I was growing up and I simply accepted that as how life is. I thought it was normal to dig through a box filled with coupons to find a way to afford dinner. What I didn’t realize is that if my parents had sought higher education they may have led more fulfilling lives. When I started college in 2011 I ...
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UIC ranks #6 on a list of best universities for pharmacy by U.S. News, so it is no wonder that their pre-pharmacy program is appealing; however, my interest in UIC also has a personal basis. UIC gave me my first glimpse of college life. In elementary school, I participated in a summer program that allowed me to take math and science courses on the UIC campus. It was one of my first experiences leading a group, when we came in second in the summer programs’ science fair. I watched the UIC staff treat their students with respect and they treated us, outsiders, just as well. My life is finally moving forward and with a great support system for my family and myself now in place, I know I am ready to further my education. There is no school I would rather be a part of and no career path I would prefer to follow than pharmacy at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
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