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Lan Ho, Class of 2018

Lan Ho is a member of the class of 2018. Her hometown is St. Louis, Missouri.

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How did you get to St. Louis College of Pharmacy?

I went to Ladue Horton Watkins High School, and from there, I went to Lindenwood University on a lacrosse scholarship. After Lindenwood, I got my master’s in finance from Harvard University and then came to STLCOP to pursue my doctor of pharmacy.

What drew you to the profession of pharmacy?

I’ve always had a strong interest in science and health care, but I’m also really interested in the business aspect of those areas of study. I wanted to find a profession that really allowed me to find the synergy between the sciences and business. I felt like pharmacy was the ideal profession for me to do that because there's so much to pharmacy. It's not just clinical or community. There's sales. There's industry. There's product development, which is my favorite thing. There are so many things that you can immerse yourself in at STLCOP, even if you're multidisciplinary and have many interests. That's how I chose to come here and pursue pharmacy.

What makes STLCOP unique?

St. Louis College of pharmacy is in the most ideal location for students interested in health care. It's right next to Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. We’re able to use all of those resources, and we're able to really optimize our education and our experience. Building relationships with neighboring institutions really allows you to figure out if pharmacy is right for you. If so you're in the right spot, and if not, there are so many resources, people and mentors around here that can ultimately help you get where you want to be.

What were you most looking forward to coming to STLCOP?

I felt STLCOP had a strong alumni. I knew that it was the third oldest pharmacy school in the nation and that was something that really attracted me to the institution. People are kind of your stepping stones to where you want to be, and I think being a part of a college that has such an extensive alumni was a huge factor for me to consider. I knew while being here and once I graduated, I would be able to network, and be able to really build those relationships with such a vast majority of people in the industry.

What did you find to be most important while at STLCOP?

I think the most important thing for me was to not only do well academically, but really take advantage of the resources here as well. My first year, I went to a lot of events. I went to a lot of meetings to explore what I was interested in. I was a part of the student body union, now Student Government Association, which allowed me to really get to know the students initially, how the curriculum is and get acclimated into the system. After that, I realized that I'm really interested in community pharmacy and compounding. I am now involved with NCPA, which is the National Community Pharmacy Association. It focuses on community pharmacy, entrepreneurship and leadership, which I’m really interested in. I also tutored chemistry for a year and started the transfer mentoring program with a fellow peer of mine.

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