Alana Towns became interested in the health field not only because she enjoyed science and math, but also from personal experience. Before her grandmother passed away, Alana was responsible for helping care for her grandmother. From reminding her when it was time to take medication, cooking for her, helping her walk, and even helping her bathe, Alana got first-hand experience on what it was like to care for another person. When her grandmother came to stay with them when Alana was in the seventh grade, she stepped up to help her mother. “It helped me grow, mature and become the person I am today,” Alana said about the experience.
This experience was one of the main reasons why Alana felt an attraction to the health field. At first, she wanted to go into nursing, but ultimately has decided to pursue pharmacy. She decided this after realizing just how much she enjoyed science. One experience that reinforced this, was her time with the Math Science Investigators Program at the University of Richmond. With this program, which she attended every summer since she was in the seventh grade, Alana took math and science courses to prepare for the upcoming school year. Now, after graduating high school, Alana is preparing to take even more advanced science and math classes as she prepares for a life in the pharmacy field. This fall, she will attend James Madison University to pursue her degree. “I just like the campus atmosphere,” Alana said about why she chose JMU over other universities. “I felt at home there, and I had a lot of networks and connections that I made there.”
When she was still in high school, Alana liked to help people by giving back to the community. One organization she worked with was the Youth Philanthropy Project. With this group, she volunteered at the Children’s Museum. Alana worked with the many eager and energetic children, convincing them to stay active. She also volunteered with Hands on Greater Richmond during Teen Impact Week. “I truly enjoy helping people; it is a part of my character,” Alana stated in an essay. “It brings a feeling of excitement to me when I see that someone has benefited from something that I have helped them with.”
In her spare time, Alana likes to shop, watch Netflix movies, spend time with friends and cheer. She was the Varsity co-captain of her cheerleading team and played softball. Some clubs she was involved in, include FBLA, Key Club, Mu Alpha Theta and Delta Gems. While she stayed busy, Alana graduated with a 4.1 GPA. A lesson she will take from high school to college, is the importance of time management.
One of Alana’s biggest inspirations is her mother. “My mom inspires me because she pushes me, and she motivates me to do better and to go after what I want,” Alana said. “She always tells me that there’s no limit to what I want to do and I can do anything.” Now, as she is approaching college, Alana is even closer to helping other people’s lives as a pharmacist, like she and her mother did when taking care of her grandmother. Though it was a hard time for them all, Alana always wanted to make sure her grandmother was okay. “I want to thank her for trusting me to take care of her because that experience helped me decide what career path I want to go into in the future,” Alana stated. “I know that furthering my education will help open doors for myself and the people in my community.” If her grandmother were here, Alana knows she would be extremely proud.