It’s All About Caring: Why One Alumna Chose PC School of Pharmacy
Why choose Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy? For Jean Whyte Goette ‘14, the lead clinical pharmacist at Lexington Medical Center in Columbia, SC, the reasons were pretty clear.
“I chose PC’s pharmacy school because of the people, the community, and the caring,” Goette said. “I was not a number. I was valued for what I could be as a future pharmacist in my community.”
Professors who Care
“There was nothing more important than the relationships between faculty and students during my time at PC School of Pharmacy,” Goette said.
Goette loves math, and most sciences fascinate her. Still, she’ll be the first to tell you that the upper-level undergraduate biology and chemistry courses at USC didn’t come easily to her. In fact, they kept her from pursuing pharmacy in her early years at USC.
But she found the help she needed at PC School of Pharmacy.
“Professors were willing to help during the late nights on campus before exams when students met in small groups and had extra review sessions before finals,” Goette said. “And professors gave students individualized attention for different styles of learning.
“The support and dedication of faculty at PC School of Pharmacy helped me learn and succeed through the didactic portion of my pharmacy education.”
Care for the Community
The PC School of Pharmacy’s emphasis on caring for the community resonated with Goette as well.
“Service to our community is a strong passion for me,” she said, “and being a part of the Clinton community was a rewarding component of my growth into a pharmacist.”
Goette served in leadership roles in a number of pharmacy student organizations. She made it a point that every service project or fundraiser had a direct impact on those in need in the community.
“The community welcomed us, loved us, fed us, and treated us as family,” Goette said. “To be able to show our gratitude through our time and our care was an honor.”
Goette helped those in need during health fairs the PC School of Pharmacy hosted for the community. She helped children at the Thornwell Home for Children during the Halloween carnival and volunteered on a project to donate Christmas gifts to even more children in the community.
“One of my proudest moments in my role as Student Governance Association President,” Goette said, “was being able to donate enough student-raised funds to help the South Carolina Free Clinics Association to purchase new blood pressure cuffs for every clinic in our state.”
Prepare to Be a Pharmacist
Goette was able to grow in her passion for service while a student at PC School of Pharmacy. She says she feels fortunate to be at Lexington Medical Center now.
“Lexington Medical embodies a culture that mirrors my compassion for patients, and providing care for the whole patient – not just their medical needs,” she said.
If you’re looking to go to pharmacy school, consider what Goette said to the incoming class the year she graduated:
“Take comfort in knowing that you are becoming a part of a team that wants you to conquer the goals you set for yourself, and lead the way into the future of pharmacy,” she said. “Your journey at PC School of Pharmacy will not simply be an education to become a pharmacist, but a leader as well.
“There are countless ways to become more than a student at PC, and I encourage you to take full advantage of those opportunities.
“Succeed as you know you can.”
Jean knew when she visited campus that PC School of Pharmacy was the right pharmacy school for her. To see what Jean saw, schedule a visit by going to the Visit Us page.