Justin Patterson, Class of 2018
Name: Justin Patterson
Class Year: Professional year two (P2)
Hometown: St. Louis
Why I wanted to be a pharmacist:
My mom, Tracy Patterson, died in a car accident while she was a student here. There’s a memorial bench for her on campus and one year, during seventh grade, I sat on the bench and realized that I wanted to finish what she couldn’t. By my junior year of high school, I had made peace with what happened. By then, I had already made up my mind: I was going to be a pharmacist like my mom.
Where I get my drive from:
I got my strength from my grandparents. I got my determination from my mom. I got my aptitude for science and math from my mom, too.
The road to STLCOP:
I feel like I would be totally different if my mom were still here. I don’t think I would want to be a pharm…well, that’s not true. I might still want to be a pharmacist, but I don’t think I would be the person I am. I’d just be different. Maybe it wasn’t meant to be, but maybe it’s just that good stuff came out of it. I wouldn’t be who I am today if it wouldn’t have happened. And I really like who I am.