Meet The September 2021 PharmD Student Of The Month: Annie Colllins

Annie Collins

Student of the Month Spotlight:  September 2021

Annie Collins


Meet Annie Collins!  Annie is a third year PharmD student who is being recognized for her leadership, her academic performance, and her willingness to assist others. She currently serves as Secretary for the WNE PharmD Class of 2023, President of the College’s chapter for the American Institute of the History of Pharmacy Student Association (AIHPSA), and Communications Vice President for the WNE Chapter of the Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP).  Annie is working with several faculty members on a research project investigating lactose intolerance; her contributions include data collection and analysis. She is employed as a Pharmacy Intern at Harrington Memorial Hospital in Southbridge. Annie earned her Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry degree at Assumption College in 2019. She was nominated for Student of the Month by Assistant Dean, Josh Spooner.   

Interview with Annie:

Why did you choose Western New England University?

The first time I toured the University, I knew that it was the place for me. I was immediately drawn to the small class size as well as the facilities for the program. Since I already received by bachelor’s degree at a different college, I knew that there were other programs that were accelerated and I could graduate faster, but I really believe that having the summers off are crucial in order to absorb the material.

Please share your thoughts about the pharmacy program at Western New England University.

I was very nervous to make new friends since I knew that many of the University’s pre-pharmacy students already knew each other. Within 2 months of my arrival, I knew nearly everyone’s names, and I was so happy to see how welcoming and inviting everyone was. My experience in the program has exceeded my expectations by providing countless opportunities with IPPE sites, volunteering, and student clubs/organizations.

What are your current career aspirations?

After graduation, I would love to go into specialty pharmacy because it would allow me to utilize my clinical knowledge as well as interact with patients and develop pharmacist-patient relationships.

What advice would you provide to a student considering pharmacy for a career?

Pharmacy is always evolving, and there are many career pathways that you don’t even know about (outside what you see from a retail chain). Students should know pharmacy school can be challenging and demanding at times, but it is so rewarding to be a part of the healthcare team.

Annie’s Faculty Advisor, Dr. Arin Whitman, Clinical Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice, shared the following thoughts:

I had the pleasure of obtaining Annie as an advisee just this past Spring. Meeting with her, it was evident that she is a great student. She does an excellent job balancing her work responsibilities and her academics. I have no doubt she can obtain all of her future goals. 

Learn more about the opportunities available to our students by visiting our student organizations page here.