Spotlight on LaTosha Preston for achieving greatness

| July 16, 2014
Jeanie Summerville

Jeanie Summerville

By Jeanie Summerville

Whatz up, babies?

I hope, that all of you are still taking time out your days to bring yourselves and others some well deserved joy, beauty, happiness and some form of peace of mind.  We all deserve it and it feels so gooood!  On that note, it pleases me to bring to you this week’s spotlight because it gave me the opportunity to investigate what it truly takes to be a pharmacist for our own knowledge, because the only thing that I know about them is that they’re there for us when we are in need of medication:.

So in turn, by means of the internet, this is what I found out:  Pharmacist are more than just drug dispensers—they’re licensed healthcare professionals dedicated to improving patient health by educating patients about drug use, illness prevention, monitoring patients progress and advising physicians on medication issues.  Becoming a pharmacist entails at least two years of undergraduate course work followed by four years of  pharmacy school.  Pharmacists must also obtain licensure to serve in the profession.

While a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy were one of the requirement for entry-level positions, pharmacists are now required to hold  a doctor of pharmacy (Pharm.D.) professional degrees.  Pharm.D. programs take four years to complete and prepare students for the technical, scientific and patient care aspects of the profession.  Courses may include: Pathophysiology; toxicology; disease treatments; biopharmaceuticals; pharmacy ethics and law; drug absorption rates; patient care and medicinal chemistry.

Pharm.D. programs also incorporate clinical training into their curricula.  Through clerkships, students gain practical experience in pharmacy settings under the supervision of licensed pharmacists.  The goal of chemical practice is to familiarize students with patient interaction while allowing them to develop professional skills by applying knowledge acquired in the classroom.

Now that we know the time, diligence and dedication that one must go through in becoming a pharmacist, all we want you to do is just, sit back, enjoy and relax.  Or, stand, jump and shout if you want to!  You can do that because Frost Illustrated is going to take you there:

LaTosha Preston (right) with her mother Pam Causey-Preston.

LaTosha Preston (right) with her mother Pam Causey-Preston.

“Hello, Frost Illustrated readers.  My name is Pam Causey-Preston.  I was born and raised here in Fort Wayne and I graduated from the first graduation class of Wayne High School in 1972.  And, right now, I’m feeling anxious because I’m so happy and so proud of my daughter LaTosha.  She had a dream and a plan on how she was going to reach her goals and she did just that.  After graduating college with her first degree in business management, she worked at Eli Lilly as a business manager for eight years.  Then she decided to return to Purdue University to seek her degree in pharmaceuticals and she did that too.  For the first year, she continued to go to work and school and then she quit a good paying job to focus on her degree and now she has that and I‘m just so proud.    

“Growing up, LaTosha was always a loner and that helped in her studies.  Even though she had friends, she liked being alone so she could read.  She even liked learning while in elementary school and was always focused on her school activities and not just her extra curricular activities. The actual learning is what intrigued her because she wanted to be the best that she could be.  And now, I know that she’s elated, excited and happy about reaching her goals and also knowing my daughter, she’s looking forward to fulfilling her role and maybe possibly even going further.  

“As her mother, the words I give to her on her journey is, always be true to GOD and to yourself.  And, always remember our favorite scripture from Proverbs 3, verses 5-8 which reads, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not to your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge HIM and HE will make your path straight; Do not be wise in your own eyes fear the Lord and shun evil; This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones. “ I think all of this is applicable to the journey that she’s on and she must always remember to put GOD first because it‘s all because of HIM.  

“LaTosha, I can’t say it enough of how proud I am to be your mother and I love you.  If her dad Howard ‘Ray’ Preston was still alive, he would be so proud and all he would do is cry.  Because as tough as he was, he was a big cry baby, especially when it came down to his children.  And, I know he’d say ‘I love you, I’m so proud of you and just continue to make me proud’, and I can hear him saying that.”

This is so touching and beautiful.  So now we bring to you Pam’s daughter and this is what she has to say:

“Hello, Frost Illustrated readers.  My name is LaTosha Preston and I graduated from Northrop High School class of 1998.  I went back to Purdue University to pursue my doctor of pharmacy degree because working at Eli Lilly, which is a pharmaceutical company. Whenever it came time for me to look for a position within the company or anywhere else, all of the positions that I was interested in required a pharmacy degree.  

“So because of that, I reached out to one of my friends, who is a pharmacist and asked her questions about her job and what she liked about it and I liked what she had to say.  Then I started researching pharmacy schools, got a mentor that was a pharmacist who works at Eli Lilly, that went to Purdue and started learning more about the opportunities for pharmacists and decided that is what I want to do and I did it.  Now I’m 34 years old and I work for Wal-Mart in Indianapolis as a pharmacist and I like it.  There’s a lot to learn, so right now I’m in training until I take my State Board Exam to become licensed.  

“The person who inspired me along the way was my friend Tanicius Brown-Lapsley.  She and I have been friends since the age of 11 and she’s also from Fort Wayne and a pharmacist here in Indianapolis.  She gave me the  encouragement that I needed and she’s also the one I went to for advice, when I was considering going to pharmacy school.  

“And, to encourage and inspire our youth, I’d like to say, whatever you aspire to be, go for it! Don’t waste time because time flies. I think back that if I’d just done this right after I graduated from high school, I could have been working as a pharmacist for this many years now.  So, you got to go for it and go for it now because you don’t want to have any regrets.  If there’s anything that you want to do, don’t doubt yourself, just be confident and know that if you set your mind to it you can do it.  It might be hard but it’s well worth it and let the LORD direct your path.  

“And now, I thank you mom for all of your support and guidance and for always reminding me that I made it where I am because of GOD.  Because HE has blessed me and I have so many gifts from you mom and our favorite Bible Scripture in Proverbs, I have it on a plaque, in a picture frame, you name it, I have it!”  

Now in closing I say, I’m so proud of you LaTosha and I know that GOD and Jesus are too. To Pam, we’re so proud of you too because in this thing called Pam Causey-Preston’s life you’ve had your ups and downs but no matter what by the grace of GOD you have the faith and prevailed, in the name of love.  So until next week, you’ve been Up Close with Jeanie.  Bye, bye babies.

P.S.  If you would like The Spotlight shined upon you or someone that you know, all in the name of love,  just send me an e-mail to upclosewithjeanie@yahoo. com.  I’d love to hear from ya.

P.P.S.  I’d like to thank all of you who have been sending me e-mails to give me some feed back on our journey.  Keep up the good work and to those who haven’t, please feel free to do so because I’d love to hear from you too.

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