Never Give Up

Years ago when I was in college, I changed my major a couple of times. In high school I thought I wanted to be a pharmacist, but a lady pharmacist told me all the reasons I shouldn't go into pharmacy, and I believed her. At last I found my way back to taking classes to prepare to enter pharmacy school.

My dad, Dick Lutz, is a pharmacist, and I grew up visiting him at his stores and then the hospital where he worked. He graduated from the University of Kentucky, and I applied to UK. After applying, the dean contacted my poor dad and told him as a single mother, I'd never make it through pharmacy school and I needed to find another career.

After Dad broke the news to me, he said UK wasn't the only pharmacy school around. We made a list of colleges in the south and set up interviews. We hit schools in Louisiana, Alabama, Georgia, and North Carolina. About the same time my brother, Chris, told us he was applying to pharmacy school. The three of us hopped in the car and started our tour.

We met many wonderful people on our trip, and I ended up applying to the University of Georgia's College of Pharmacy. I was accepted and loved my time in Athens so much I stayed after graduation.

I appreciate so much that my dad didn't let me give up my dream. He not only encouraged me with words but with his actions too.

God blessed me with two great parents who have always supported me, and I am thankful!