Third-year student pharmacist Miranda Craft has gone above and beyond in her academic career. Involved in numerous organizations, one role Miranda officially stepped into recently was as International Chair for the American Pharmacists Association Academy of Student Pharmacists International Standing Committee. Learn more about stellar student Miranda Craft!
Jackson High School
B.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences with minors in Chemistry and Biology – University of Mississippi
Early Entry Pharmacy
I grew up in a family surrounded by nurses. This early introduction to the field of health care sparked my interest as I saw their sincere drive and willingness to help others. I saw firsthand how my mother was a resource for so many of our friends and family regarding health issues, and I knew I wanted to be able to serve others in this special way as well. I was drawn specifically to pharmacy as I was fascinated with a pharmacist’s unique role in treatment optimization.
Why Ole Miss?
I feel as though my story of falling in love with Ole Miss is similar to so many others. I knew I wanted to find a pharmacy school within driving distance from my hometown, and I liked the idea of joining the Early Entry Program. A student I worked with over the summer encouraged me to go for a campus visit. That was all it took. I was sold. There was something I could not quite explain when I set foot on campus. I had a feeling of peace, that is where I could call home for the next season of my life.
What are you most excited about in your role as International Chair?
I am most excited to instill passion in as many students as I can for a greater world perspective of pharmacy. Throughout this year, I hope to continue to foster meaningful connections on an international level with many student pharmacists. Most of all, I want to be able to advocate for the importance of international relations and experiences, and how the field of pharmacy in the United States can learn from the different ways of practice throughout the world.
How will your duties change as we navigate COVID-19?
The public health crisis our world is currently facing has caused many people to have to adapt and be flexible in their roles and goals. This will be especially true for my role that is heavily focused on coordinating the Student Exchange Program for the United States under the International Pharmaceutical Students Federation (IPSF). I hope to take this time to accomplish new projects and develop new promotional programs through our various social media platforms in order to make the Student Exchange Program stronger in the years to come.
What is your favorite part of being involved with APhA-ASP?
I can easily say my favorite part of being involved with APhA-ASP is the people I get to work with. As I have become more involved, I have met so many student pharmacists across the country and the world. Their leadership skills and passion for the profession have inspired me to become a better leader.
What are your career goals?
After graduation, I hope to pursue a pharmaceutical industry fellowship.
What is your favorite class?
I really have enjoyed all of my clinical IPPE experiential courses this year. I had the opportunity to be in the UMMC Anticoagulation Clinic and the NICU.
What is your favorite part about being in Jackson/UMMC?
I have enjoyed being immersed in the medical center culture found at UMMC. This year, we have had so many opportunities to put our clinical knowledge in action.
Whenever I get the chance, I love to be outside hiking, walking, or gardening. I also enjoy watercolor painting, cooking for my friends and family, and reading.
What superpower do you wish you had?
If I had to choose, it would most likely be teleportation. I would love to instantly connect with all of the people I have met around the globe.
What are your favorite binge-watching shows?
I really enjoy watching anything on Food Network, or The Office if I need a good laugh.
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