Shena Geisinger, a Grand View University '18 alum, has prepared herself for a bright future by choosing to attend the University of Illinois at Chicago starting back in the fall of 2018. When looking at graduate schools, Shena was fortunate enough to have a choice between the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis or UIC. Shena chose to attend pharmacy school at UIC because of the location as well as the option to do the joint degree program: Pharm.D/Ph.D.
As if a dual major in both Biology and Biochemistry wasn't enough while here at Grand View, Shena also minored in Chemistry as a pre-pharmacy student. Between Catalyst Club, being a resident assistant for two years and her experience on Viking Council, Shena's experiences at Grand View prepared her for the next adventure.
Shena highly recommends Grand View's pre-pharmacy program to students, "...especially if they want an emphasis in research." Shena was able to take at least three credits of research, which was the reason why she decided to pursue a Ph.D. in Medicinal Chemistry. She was also able to meet with her professors outside of class or lab if she needed extra help or clarification. In fact, she says "...the one-on-one help I received at a smaller school allowed me to learn at my own pace as well as really understand the material."
Shena believes that Grand View has prepared her for graduate school as well as a career in science. Her advisor, Dr. Hall, had been a great mentor throughout Shena's four years at Grand View. Plus, the lab courses allowed her to become familiar with lab equipment and procedures used in her field.
Shena's advice to students: "Take it all on; the leadership roles, the hard classes, work through it. Once you've succeeded, you'll look back on what you've accomplished and see it all pay off. Next you'll look ahead to the numerous opportunities awaiting and thank yourself for the future in store."