Mary Tremaine (P1) Crowned 2017 Miss Purdue University

March 6, 2017 - The Purdue College of Pharmacy is excited to share that Mary Tremaine, a first professional year PharmD student, has been selected as the 2017 Miss Purdue University. The Miss Purdue University Scholarship Program was founded in 1957 with a mission to provide young women with a vehicle to further their personal and professional goals and instill a spirit of community service through a variety of unique nationwide community-based programs. The program is a preliminary for the Miss Indiana Scholarship program, and that winner goes on to compete in the Miss America Pageant. As part of her role as Miss Purdue University, Mary will be advocating on behalf of Project C.U.R.E. which sends medical supplies to countries in need.

More about Mary

Photo of Mary TremaineWhat does it mean to you to be named Miss Purdue University? Gaining the title of Miss Purdue means that I get to be an advocate for Purdue. While I will be preparing to compete for the title of Miss Indiana, I get the opportunity to be involved in making appearances across campus along the way. From attending sporting events to philanthropic events, and speaking to students, I get the chance to impact this campus just as this campus has impacted me. The former title holder explained the title of Miss Purdue as being the “Miss America of Purdue University.”

How did you become interested in studying pharmacy? When I was a sophomore in high school, I was searching for career options that would best suit my passion to have meaning in my career and one that was challenging and stimulated my interest. My chemistry teacher at the time noticed my intrigue in the subject, pulling me aside from class one day to suggest that I look into pursuing a career in pharmacy. At the time, I embarrassingly did not know what a pharmacist did, so I went home that night to research it. After searching many different careers within the medical field, I never had such an instant love like I did when I read about pharmacy. This occupation fit my skill set, my passions, and I couldn’t wait to continue to learn more. I knew that being a pharmacist was what I wanted to pursue, looking to Purdue College of Pharmacy in hope that I would someday make my dream become a reality. Now I’m a P1 student in the College of Pharmacy, still in awe that it’s finally becoming a reality. I know this seems like a cheesy love story…but it truly is.

Why did you choose to attend Purdue University? After deciding that pharmacy was the career for me, I looked at different pharmacy schools in order to set goals for my future. Little did I know that one of the top pharmacy schools was in my home state of Indiana! After researching more about Purdue’s College of Pharmacy, I couldn’t help but feel there was a reason that I was graced with one of the best pharmacy schools located near me. As I knew I would be financially paying for my college education on my own, in-state tuition was a perk. Now I’m a third year student at Purdue, understanding Purdue was the right choice for me. This campus has truly impacted the person that I am today in so many incredible ways. I always joke around that I’m glad I’m studying in a six year program because I surely wouldn’t be ready to leave Purdue after four short years. Not only am I receiving an accredited PharmD degree, but I have the opportunity to grow, and have what I would consider possibly the best time of my life along the way.

What do you enjoy most about being a Purdue Pharmacy student? When people ask me how I like pharmacy school, I say it’s the best year I’ve had here at Purdue. I love that I’m starting to learn about the information that stimulated my interest in pharmacy in the first place. I’m the person sitting in class who’s a little too excited to learn how the body works and responds to alteration through medication.

Why did you choose to advocate on behalf of Project CURE? I’ve been able to see that while healthcare in America is far from perfect, we have a decent opportunity to receive a basic standard quality of healthcare. We can seem blind to the fact that we have an abundance of medical supplies if needed. This is not a reality for other parts of our world. Hospitals may not have updated or necessary equipment and supplies to provide life altering procedures. Even basic needs like ibuprofen, bandages, and antibiotic ointment are not as attainable to families in other countries. It’s important to put effort into benefiting our own healthcare system, but it’s greatly important to support organization like Project C.U.R.E. that send medical supplies and equipment to countries in need so that they may have the right to receive a basic level of healthcare that we may take for granted here in the U.S.

Photograph provided by Sarah Parent Photography

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