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My name is Jessica Ward, I hail from the small river-town of Gallipolis, Ohio and I am a P1 excited to finally be starting graduate school! I am a current member of APhA-ASP and serve on the Power Team as Membership Vice President and also serve in two of our initiatives: Generation Rx (which is all about education on prescription drug abuse) and Operation Diabetes (which focuses on providing events and education for practitioners, students, and patients). I have been a member of SSHP and CPFI in the past. Outside of the School of Pharmacy, I currently serve the University as a Tour Guide for Admissions, Student Ambassador, and Student Researcher (for Dr. Rotello in the pharmaceutical sciences laboratory) and I work as an intern at a pharmacy in Springfield. My dream in pharmacy is to work at (and or run) a clinic for diabetes patients who don’t have access to the specialized care they need. I want to spend most of my time with them creatively managing their disease state through lifestyle modifications and monitoring their prescription regimens to help them stick with changes and improve their health.
Favorite Places to Visit
- Yellow Springs
- My recliner
- The Greene
- My Grandma's house
Cedarville is such a special place. It is small enough that you get to know your classmates and professors deeply and really know what is going on in their lives, but large enough that you have the opportunity to do things you’ve never done before. At Cedarville we do everything together from learning, to worshiping, to serving people around the corner and around the world. We have a wonderful blend of academic rigor, extracurricular variety and a buzzing campus-life atmosphere that all stem from one root: the Word of God. If you come to Cedarville for pharmacy you will get a challenging, well-rounded liberal arts background before beginning pharmacy school which allows you to take on graduate level studies with an informed, balanced, and equipped mindset. Here, you can be trained well by incredible faculty and enjoy the true college experience!
- Music! I play the clarinet and saxophone (alto and tenor) and love to listen to all sorts of genres.
- Walking. One of my greatest joys is exploring a new place.
- Talking. Coffee talks are my jam.
- Investigation. I never get tired of learning whether by watching, listening,
reading, or doing.
- Road trips. I live in the Midwest… need I say more?
Take AP or dual-enrollment courses if at all possible! The more familiar you can get with the style of college classes (pace, depth, intensity, etc.) the easier your transition into freshman year will be (one word… “calculus”). If that’s not an option, don’t sweat it. Do what you can, even if that is just talking with a pharmacist or pharmacy student, and get excited about a new challenge! Extra classes aren’t going to make or break you, but putting yourself out there is usually a good idea :)