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Abby Jacobs, Class of 2019

Abby Jacobs is a member of the class of 2019. Her hometown is Collinsville, Illinois.

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What drew you to St. Louis College of Pharmacy (STLCOP)?

I was drawn to STLCOP because of how small everything was compared to most college campuses. I came from a “smaller” high school so I did not want to feel like I was surrounded by people who I barely knew. I wanted to walk the halls and see someone that I knew every day. The class sizes were also small and seemed very personal. The St. Louis location was an added bonus since there are so many fun things to do in and around the city.

Tell me about the transition from high school to the College?

The transition from high school to the College was very different. I feel like the Student Success Center at STLCOP really did a good job at informing us of what to expect during our orientation, but it was a bit of a shock. Most students come here and they really did not have to study in high school. I did my fair share of studying then, but I do not think I realized how much work and dedication that the profession of pharmacy actually requires.

What was it like to live in the dorms?

I still live in the dorms currently as a resident assistant (RA), and I love it! It is great not having to commute to school or worry about traffic every day. In addition, it is very handy to be so close to the library or extra study space. It is also nice to be able to relax between classes and have a place to unwind.

What advice do you have for current and future students?

For current and future students, I would say do not give up, even if you feel like there is no reason to keep trying, just keep going. This profession is not easy and if everyone could do it, everyone would be in pharmacy school. There are countless times when I felt like giving up, but after I pushed through, those were the times that I was the most proud of myself. For future students in particular, I would advise them to get involved as early as possible. You never know if you are going to like something until you try it. I have learned a lot about myself and met so many people by going outside of my comfort zone and participating in clubs and events on campus.

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