Third year Pharmacy Student Tiasara Arties was selected to give an address at the Student National Pharmaceutical Association's (SNPhA) Regional Conference in Atlanta, Ga. Her presentation was entitled "Moving to the Next Level - Maximize Your Potential."
As an intern for Wal-Mart, Arties was invited by Vince Williams, Senior Manager of Health and Wellness Talent Acquisitions in the Eastern US, to present alongside his team at the conference.
Arties described the event as empowering.
"I find great joy and honor in encouraging and empowering young adults like myself to never give up and be all they can be. To stand amongst hundreds of student pharmacists and address common concerns of everyday individuals was an opportunity I will never forget," she said. "The feedback and critiques I received at the close of the speech sealed the deal for me as I was assured I was in the right place, at the right time, addressing the right people, in the right profession, with the right company."
Arties is currently the American Pharmacists Association chapter president in the Academy of Student Pharmacists. Her affinity for the pharmacy profession began as a high school student at Maury High School in Norfolk, Va.
"As a high school student I enrolled into the Pharmacy Technician program at Norfolk Technical Center," she said. "Under the leadership of Crystal Stokes, I developed a passion for both the profession of pharmacy and for helping people. I was encouraged to pursue a career in pharmacy from there and have enjoyed every second of the journey."
Arties said she's not quite sure which branch of pharmacy she will chose as a career. However, she is committed to the field. This year she led a Pharmacy missions trip to South Africa to study the culture of pharmacy in the communities of Johannesburg and Cape Town. The student-led effort was supported by the HU International Office during the week of Spring Break.
"My ultimate goal is to provide exceptional service to my patients with the utmost respect and dignity for the profession. Whether that is as a Clinical Pharmacist at a major hospital, Pharmacy Manager of a local chain pharmacy, or Entrepreneur of a private practice, I will represent both the profession as well as my alma mater with the highest regard," she said.
HU Assistant Pharmacy Professor and SNPhA chapter advisor, Dr. Anand Iyer, said he's certain Arties will stay committed to pharmacy.
"The HU School of Pharmacy is extremely proud of Tiasara and the phenomenal job she did representing the University at the conference," he said. "She is a leader among student pharmacists, and we expect that she will continue to be a leader in the profession. She is an excellent role model, and will certainly make her mark in the pharmacy profession."