Jennifer Carter came to PC from Bristol, Tennessee to get a college education. At the time, she could not have anticipated the lasting impact that the college, the professors, and the community would have on her. PC was a perfect fit for Jennifer, a place she still calls home seven years later.
“The strong commitment to community service, honor, and integrity was very important to me,” said Jennifer.
During her undergraduate years at PC, Jennifer was very involved in campus life, volunteering with the Ronald McDonald House and participating with the Thornwell mentoring program, Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society, Order of Omega, Greek Leadership Honor Society, Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Honor Society, Beta Beta Beta National Biological Honor Society, Psi Chi Psychology Honor Society, Student Government Association, and Alpha Delta Pi Sorority. The relationships Jennifer developed and has maintained with mentors, faculty, and friends have been very important to her.
PC’s focus on volunteerism and experiential learning opportunities also proved to help define Jennifer’s career path. With an interest in healthcare, she volunteered at the local free medical clinic, where she was assigned to work in the pharmacy. She also spent time studying abroad in Germany and the Czech Republic. These PC experiences helped to guide Jennifer in the development of what would be a career serving others.
Jennifer started her education at PC as an English major, but with the support of her professors she sought creative ways to achieve a balanced education that would serve her newfound interest to work in the healthcare industry and incorporate the element of teaching. A career in pharmacy looked like a good fit.
“I had amazing mentors at PC, faculty members who worked with me to advance my academic, professional, and personal goals,” Jennifer said. She graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and with minors in biology and psychology.
As Jennifer’s desire to become a pharmacist was developing, she was excited to learn of the opening of Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy (PCSP). “I knew from my experience at PC that PCSP would challenge me academically and provide the opportunity to incorporate experiential learning.”
Now, as part of the first class to graduate from the pharmacy school in May of 2014, Jennifer has continued her commitment to serving others and making the most of her educational experience.
“The role of the pharmacist is continuing to develop and expand. There are so many exciting opportunities for pharmacists to enhance patient care,” Jennifer said. She credits PC for helping her to develop academically, professionally, and as a person. Her leadership skills and focus on service have helped her to identify, initiate, and promote projects that can make a difference in the community.
While attending PCSP, Jennifer has served on numerous committees, as class president, as chair of the Pharmacy Student Governance Association, and was awarded the PCSP Outstanding Student Leadership Award.
Jennifer continues her volunteer work in the local community and abroad. In July 2012, she was part of a team that traveled to El Salvador on a medical mission trip. She continues her volunteer work in the local community by working in a free medical clinic, where she recently wrote a grant to support its work. Professionally, Jennifer has also been involved in numerous research projects, presentations, and competitions at the local, state, and national levels. She was recently named the local winner for the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Clinical Skills Competition and represented PCSP at the national competition in New Orleans, Louisiana and Las Vegas, Nevada.
Taking her commitment to service of others and her profession seriously, Jennifer is currently serving as president of PCSP’s student chapter of the Society of Health-System Pharmacists.
“I can’t imagine going anywhere else and having an equally amazing experience,” Jennifer said. “My PC experience helped to determine my future career path and develop lifelong relationships. You come to PC for a college education and leave with so much more.”
Jennifer plans to complete a pharmacy practice residency and become a clinical pharmacy specialist. As such, she will practice in a hospital as part of an interdisciplinary team, providing recommendations on medication therapy for patients.