Casserlie knew in high school that pharmacy was the profession for him. He applied to many other schools in the area, but three things made ONU stand out above the rest: genuine students, plenty of green space on campus, and Ada’s small-town setting – all of which made him feel at home.
His experience at ONU has been unique because he has already graduated from ONU with a bachelor’s degree in Spanish, but he wants to use this background along with his pharmacy degree in a Spanish-speaking part of the country. “I was able to connect my passions of Spanish and pharmacy to work with University administration to create a dual-degree curriculum for earning a B.A. in Spanish after the fourth year while remaining on track to graduate with a Doctor of Pharmacy in six years. This allowed me to leave a lasting legacy for future students who share my two passions,” he says.
Lucas gained real-world experience in both areas when he studied abroad in summer 2013 in San Ramon, Costa Rica. He found this to be the greatest decision of his life. Spending 11 weeks with a host family, Lucas learned the Spanish language and culture, interned at a hospital pharmacy and attended classes at a local university. “Costa Rica will always hold a special place in my heart, and through overcoming the many difficulties that come with taking the leap and studying abroad for the first time, I gained so many valuable life experiences,” he says.