Morris Pearson - Glenwood, Ill.
Morris Pearson is in his second year at the SIUE School of Pharmacy, after spending his entire undergraduate career at SIUE as well, he says he isn't tired of the University one bit.
"I love the community environment of campus," said Morris. "I bump into my friends and classmates all the time, and there are always so many great activities going on."
In the School of Pharmacy, Morris says he most appreciates the student-to-teacher ratio because he feels like he can knock on any of the professors' doors and have an hour-long conversation about school, work or life in general.
"I've learned a lot from my professors in class and outside of class. They help me look at things in a new way in all areas of my life, and I cherish the bonds that I've formed with them."
When it comes to schoolwork, support from professors is just part of what helps Morris and his classmates excel academically. Each student in the program receives a laptop, and a significant portion of outside work can be done online. This use of technology helps extend learning and exploration beyond class time.
"It's pretty amazing," said Morris. "Professors record videos of their lectures and post them online so you always have access to them. It's such a convenience to be able to go back and listen to the lectures whenever you want."
Morris has two years to go until he can officially become a licensed pharmacist, but already he has had plenty of opportunities to get hands on experience, both in class and through the professional organizations he is part of, including the American Society of Consulting Pharmacists and Student National Pharmaceutical Association.
"I've enjoyed helping people through these organizations," said Morris. "These experiences make me look forward to reaching even more people in the future."
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