Destiny, genetics and her love for the health care industry helped focus Lisa Schleper's decision to attend the College of Saint Benedict.
Schleper, a biology and Spanish major who graduated summa cum laude May 12, 2007 from CSB, was truly passionate about wanting to work in the health care industry, but was unsure of what area to focus. After a job shadow experience, Schleper decided her path would be toward pre-pharmacy.
"For me, pharmacy blends my academic passions of science and math together with rewarding professional relationships with patients," she said.
The biology department and its professors at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University supported Schleper in all her endeavors.
"I've always felt encouraged to contact my professors outside of class, whether I have a question related to the curriculum, want to discuss my plans for after college, or need advice on something completely unrelated to class," Schleper said.
The choice to attend CSB/SJU seemed destined for Schleper, the fourth person to attend the two institutions in her family. But her choice was not only inspired by tradition.
"The strength of the biology and Spanish programs compelled me to attend, along with opportunities such as participating in orchestra and studying abroad. Finally, the sense of community and spirituality of the campuses confirmed that CSB/SJU would be a natural fit for me," said Schleper, who grew up in St. Cloud, Minn.
Schleper has enrolled in the Doctor of Pharmacy program at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.
Over the years at CSB/SJU, Schleper participated in the study abroad program to Viña del Mar, Chile; symphony orchestra; Biology Club; the World Star Program; campus ministry at CSB/SJU; and volunteer work as an English as a Second Language teacher in Cold Spring, Minn.
Schleper offers some parting advice for those entering CSB/SJU who choose pre-pharmacy.
"CSB/SJU has a very strong pre-pharmacy program and you will be well-prepared after graduation. If you're considering pre-pharmacy or any other pre-professional program, I recommend job-shadowing so you can see what this career is like in the real world," Schleper said.