It All Worked Out

Published on 14 February 2017

If you believe everything happens for a reason, you are in good company with Ben Hoffmann ’16. Ben gives credit to fate for the day he ran into the love of his life – fate and a construction project. It may sound like a fairytale, but for Ben and his wife Kayla, it is just the beginning of their love story.

During Ben’s undergraduate years of study at St. Louis College of Pharmacy, the Recreation and Student Center was under construction. During the construction project, the College maintained an agreement with St. Louis University (SLU) that allowed students to work out at SLU’s Simon Recreation Center. Ben took advantage of the opportunity and continued to attend the gym at SLU regularly.

“Kayla is three years behind me so during my third year at STLCOP she was starting her freshman year at SLU,” he said. “I would see her in the gym from time to time, but we didn’t actually meet each other until my fourth year at STLCOP when we talked once at the gym. The next time we talked, we also exchanged numbers and went out shortly after. Things clicked, and we began dating.”

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Both Ben and Kayla were pursuing careers in health care. In addition to sharing common interests, they also shared a mutual understanding of their dedication to their studies.

“We are both passionate about the careers we have chosen, and because we share the same commitment to our careers and to each other, we have always been able to help one another with time management and picking up responsibilities when the other has a lot of schoolwork,” he said.

Ben and Kayla stayed together, and they were happily married on Dec. 17, 2016, at Moulin Events in St. Louis. The College made such an impact on their relationship that they decided to have a few wedding photos taken on campus. 

“I wanted to take photos at STLCOP because it played such a big role in my life,” Ben said. “Not only did I spend six years of my life attending STLCOP, but it also opened the doors for my future as a pharmacist. Kayla actually works as a pharmacy technician while in nursing school, so there are some connections to pharmacy in that aspect. The stethoscope in our wedding photos has some meaning as well. We exchanged wedding presents to one another and I bought her the stethoscope as her gift since she will be starting her career as a nurse in just a couple months.”

Kayla will earn her Bachelor of Science in nursing this May, and Ben is currently a staff pharmacist at Walgreens. The couple has two rescue cats and resides in the St. Louis area.

“We are so blessed that our paths crossed and we have a wonderful life together!” Kayla said.

Despite all the excitement of beginning their new life together, the Hoffmanns still manage to make it to the gym regularly.

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