Hello, Nisarg here,
Recently, I had a wonderful chat with one of my LVC Colleagues Colby, who was in her usual niche, the 4th floor of the Pharmacy building! I have not known her for too long, but I learned a lot about her!!
For starters, her family is of Polish decent which interested me because I had not met anyone who was from Eastern Europe! However, she was not born in Poland and was born close to UConn in fact, in Bethany CT. Afterwards, I asked her if she had ever visited Poland and she said she did once with family and friends and she saw some of the history by visiting a concentration camp there! She mentioned that it was an eye-opening experience and she learned a great deal about the history of that time!
However, that was not the only place she has visited! I came to discover that she has been to numerous other places in Europe! She has been to England, France, Italy, Austria, Germany, and Greece with family friends! As a matter of fact, she studied ethics and psychology at Cambridge! She is a typical travel bug and I can honestly say that I am extremely jealous of her experiences!
If you can imagine, this was not the most interesting piece of information I gathered from interviewing Colby!! When we started discussing her UConn experiences I came to find out how organized and involved she is on campus! For starters, she is in the Pharmacy Program which is a six-year program where she will
eventually get her Pharm-D degree! This is a highly intensive and competitive program and one would think that it would consume her but surprisingly not! She is also part of the Lambda Kappa Sigma Pharmacy Sorority, Pharmacy Learning Community, Alumni Association, Equestrian Club, as well as on the Nominating Committee for the Board of Trustees! Needless to say she is extremely involved in the UConn community and a wonderful example of a student who takes advantage of all that UConn has to offer! And if that is not enough, she has actually been a part of UConn for a few generations! She is what we like to call part of a legacy so UConn runs deep within her veins! Surprised by the plethora of things she is doing, I asked her how she managed everything without going insane! She said the key was color coordination and an extremely good planner!
As to why she chose to be a Pharmacy major, she lives in a rural part of Bethany CT where there are many horses right down the road! She used to take care of the horses and when they were sick she was there to give medications and tend to them. From that moment, she really fell in love with the health science aspect of what she was doing! However, she did not want the life of a physician and felt that she wanted to work in a medical setting and still have a direct impact! As a result, she chose pharmacy! Even though she is essentially a super student, she is also like most students! Colby told me that this semester she is taking Biochemistry and she is actually quite worried as to how the class will turn out, but I said that based on what she has been able to accomplish till this point, she will do very well!
On a more personal note, Colby’s favorite food includes fresh avocados (yum!), and her favorite celebrity is country singer Luke Bryan! Her favorite class on campus was a Philosophy Course which really got her thinking about the ethics of decision-making! As a result she developed an interest in medical ethics!
Overall, it was a very pleasant experience talking to Colby and I learned a great deal of how to balance work with extracurricular activities, and also I got to know a very interesting person!