UNC Alumna Melissa Escobar-Fredericks continues to support the UNC community. Currently, Melissa has been working for three years as a Pharmacist in Charge of her own store in Texas. In her journey to being Pharmacist in Charge, Melissa went through the stages of being a pharmacist intern, floater pharmacist, then a staff pharmacist. The Chávez Center staff is grateful for her constant contributions and support to our students.
As a first-generation female American and non-traditional student, Melissa shares that she was homeschooled for her entire K-12 career – spending her years living in Canada, Mexico, and the U.S. During her time at UNC she was a Stryker Student Leader. Out of 432 applicants to pharmacy school, she was selected as being one of 89 who got admitted! Two other obstacles she faced, that she successfully overcame, was to one, pass the North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination and two, the Multistate Pharmacy Jurisprudence Examination.
Melissa’s motivation to pay it forward is the support she received as a student. She shares, “I would not have been able to take even the first step on this awesome journey without the help of others. I can never forget their kindnesses; and feel that being able to actually give back to my alma mater (especially my beloved CCCC and my phenomenal sorority) is a dream come true!”
Besides walking to her classes in the fall, stopping at the UC for a meal, and living on central campus, Melissa said that another favorite memory was the Center and how it “literally felt like home…even if it was just to make something quick to eat.” The Center “slowly helped draw me out of my shell—it was such a lively, happy place all the time.”
She shares her wisdom to UNC students and says to get involved as much as possible. Joining organizations (whether honorary, social, academic, specific interest-based, etc) is one of the best ways in which you can network and builds both your resume and your post-graduation possibilities/connections overall. Melissa told us that balancing priorities and time management are two of the crucial skills that you will need later on in your career.
Celebrate the 35th Anniversary of the César Chávez Cultural Center
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