How did you feel when you found out you did not get accepted into the major you chose straight from high school?
I had applied to McCombs for business and College of Natural Sciences as my back up. I didn’t get into either. I felt shot down, dejected, and I was very close to not coming to UT because I didn’t have a major. My mom and friends came together and told me to just go for it anyway.
When people asked you what your major was how did you respond?
I felt slightly embarrassed until halfway through the semester. I was doing really well in my classes and my friends who were in their major weren’t. So I realized having a major was just a title.
What were the circumstances that led to your current major?
Coming out of high school I knew I wanted to be in the medical field. I didn’t want to be a doctor so when my brother suggested pharmacy school everything clicked. I wanted to get into CNS because I wanted do pharmacy. I ended up getting into a chemistry class that had seats for DSP students. It ended up being my favorite class and I even became a course assistant for the class and worked with the professor for two years. I didn’t know I wanted to be in CNS until I took that chemistry class. Having the support of DSP in my freshman year played a role in my success. I applied to CNS and got in.
Do you think you would have questioned your choice had you gotten into business straight from high school?
I am so glad I didn’t get into business! I think it would have slowed me down as I would have still been pursuing pharmacy school. I would have had to take business classes and science courses. That sounds miserable, taking chemistry and accounting at the same time!