Hanna Harper April 5, 2017

Dear Dr. Crisafi,

My name is Hanna Harper and I am currently living in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to finish my last semester of pre requisites.  I have always known that I wanted to do something in the medical field, but the thought of bllod and surgeries did not appeal to me.  I began to research pharmacy, and I have known that I wanted to be a pharmacist since I was fourteen years old.  Though I have known for a while that I wanted to be a pharmacist, it was not until recently that I figured out what kind.  Last semester I took a genetics class, and both my professor and TA left a lasting impression on me.  I was inspired to look for a way to incorporate both pharmacy and genetics, and that is how I first stumbled upon the University of Florida and Pharmacogenomics.  Since visiting the campus and seeing the research center in March, I knew that the University of Florida was the place I needed to be.  I know that I will be challenged, supported, and will grow with the best students and staff in the field.  If it were not for you and the generous scholarship I probably would not be able to attend the University of Florida.  I absolutely cannot wait to be a Gator!

In order to get myself ready for pharmacy school I have attempted to immerse myself in different aspects of pharmacy.  I remember being a freshman in college walking around the first few days and looking at all the different tables for things you could participate in, and I was fortunate enough to run into the Pre-Pharmacy table.  I have been an active member now for two years and have been the secretary for one.  Through being involved with this amazing organization I have been exposed to amazing speakers, opportunities, and community service events all with a focus on pharmaceutic advancement.  I also worked with the New Mexico Public Research Group on their campaign to end the overuse on antibiotics on factory farms, where I was able to meet local farmers, small business owners, and healthcare professionals and see the true impact that the pharmaceutical field has on all aspects of life.  Most recently, I have become a Pharmacy Technician at CVS Pharmacy, and have been learning what being a retail pharmacist entails.  I love to see how my Pharmacists act with our customers and to see what medications are commonly prescribed as well as what they are used for.  Though I have greatly benefited and grown from these experiences my heart still lies with research.  I had the amazing experience of being the New Mexico representative for the Stockholm Junior Water Prize science competition.  The idea that I can ask my own questions and find answers to them is extremely rewarding and something I want to do with the rest of my life.  Florida’s innovative labs are the main reason I applied to the school in the first place.  Now that I have the chance to work in them, I never want to look back.  Thank you so much for your financial support.  It means the absolute world to me.

Sincerely,
Hanna Harper

Hanna Harper
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