Describe your path since graduating from Portsmouth Abbey School.
After graduating in 2010, I moved to Indianapolis, IN to attend a six year Doctor of Pharmacy program at Butler University. Butler's small school feel appealed to me after my time at the Abbey, but I also appreciated the opportunities a big city like Indianapolis could provide. During my six years at Butler, I also opted to complete my MBA and take a few classes focused on data analytics. A business analytics internship with Roche Diabetes Care after my fourth year of the program was the catalyst in my decision to pursue a non-traditional pharmacy career. After graduating from Butler in 2016, I began a post-graduate fellowship with Myers and Stauffer, a CPA firm specializing in Medicaid and Medicare reimbursement. In November 2017, I began my current role with McKinsey & Company as a junior associate in their Healthcare Analytics and Delivery sector. My current role allows me to combine my business acumen, passion for analytics, and pharmacy background.
How did your experience at Portsmouth Abbey School help you become the person & professional you are today?
My drive to pursue a STEM career grew during my time at the Abbey. Some of my favorite classes were those with a lab component which allowed for hands on learning. My time at the Abbey fostered an intellectual curiosity that will remain with me throughout my life. I learned both in and outside the classroom how to lead and how to work as part of a team. I learned how to communicate effectively through writing and speech. Most importantly, Portsmouth Abbey taught me how to manage my time effectively. Time management was an invaluable skill in college and continues to be crucial in my career today.
What is the best advice you could give to a current student?
Your hard work now will pay dividends in the future. I was unbelievably prepared for the rigors of college classes from the four years I spent at the Abbey. That being said, don't forget to appreciate all of the opportunities that Abbey provides. Stay humble and be thankful for the support of your parents, teachers, houseparents, and coaches.