Student Stories

Ceanne Simmelink

My decision to attend Wisconsin Lutheran College (WLC) for my pre-pharmacy coursework was made very easy after my first campus visit to WLC. I knew that I wanted to attend a liberal arts Christian college after high school and had visited many colleges throughout the Midwest and talked to different faculty on my desire to pursue pharmacy school likely after two years of undergraduate studies. I often got pushback on this goal with faculty I met with at different private colleges; however, my experience during my campus visit to WLC was very different. During my visit at WLC I met with one of the chemistry professors, Dr. Ebeling. He took the time to understand my educational goals, and later during the day followed up with me on information he received from contacting personnel in the admissions office at the University of Wisconsin School of Pharmacy. In addition, he pursued obtaining WLC pre-pharmacy course equivalencies for the School of Pharmacy. 

The small class sizes taught by professors that genuinely love teaching allowed me to excel in my undergraduate coursework. In addition, I was able to get involved with multiple extra-curricular (Club Med, track & field and Student-Athlete Advisory Committee) and volunteer activities (Big Brothers Big Sisters, City Servant Days and Froedtert Hospital). 

I got accepted to the UW School of Pharmacy during my second year at WLC as all of my classes transferred smoothly due to the early efforts of Dr. Ebeling. It was difficult for me to transfer because I thoroughly enjoyed being at WLC; however, I was excited about starting my pharmacy educational training. Pharmacy school is very challenging, but I was very well prepared by the education I received at WLC. The professors at WLC taught me how to think analytically and at a deep level.     

Many of my experiences from WLC proved to be helpful in my transition to a large university. I appreciated the importance of continuing to grow in my faith and I quickly found an excellent church in Madison, got involved with Christian Pharmacist Fellowship International, and Campus Crusade for Christ. In addition, during the summers I was offered an internship position at Froedtert Hospital. I was offered the position due to the networking I did while volunteering in the pharmacy while at WLC.

After completing two years at WLC and four years at UW-Madison, I graduated from pharmacy school with honors. I am now doing post-graduate residency training at Froedtert Hospital and following residency I have accepted a position as a pharmacist in the surgical/trauma intensive care unit. WLC was the starting block for my educational and professional goals. I am so grateful for the people and experiences at WLC that have helped to lead me where I am today. I was very impressed with my visit to WLC and I continue to be extremely happy with my decision to do pre-pharmacy coursework at WLC.