Native American Student Graduates CCC, Pursues Pharmacy at UA

Sawyer Allison-Begay, a Native American student, is graduating from Coconino Community College with an associate's degree in general studies. She will attend the University of Arizona's College of Pharmacy to pursue a career in medicine, inspired by her family members and relatives' experiences with cancer.

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Native American Student Graduates CCC, Pursues Pharmacy at UA

Native American Student Graduates CCC, Pursues Pharmacy at UA

Sawyer Allison-Begay, a Native American student from Leupp, Arizona, is graduating from Coconino Community College (CCC) with an associate's degree in general studies. She will be a student speaker at the commencement ceremony on Monday, May 13.

Allison-Begay attended Flagstaff High School before enrolling at CCC. During her time at the college, she took classes in various subjects, including calculus, creative writing, anthropology, and American Sign Language. "I just fell in love with the college," Allison-Begay said about her experience in CCC's Bridge Program.

Why this matters: The success of Native American students like Sawyer Allison-Begay is crucial for increasing diversity in the medical field and addressing health disparities in Native American communities. As a future pharmacist, Allison-Begay will be well-positioned to make a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of her community.

The college's understanding of Native American students' needs impressed Allison-Begay. "Everybody at CCC, especially the teachers, they are very aware of the kids in their class," she noted. Allison-Begay was also involved with CCC's Indigenous Student Association and the Native American Success Center, which she described as amazing. "I loved my time there and my Native American counselor, Brian Francis. He has helped me through everything," she added.

After graduating from CCC, Allison-Begay plans to attend the University of Arizona's College of Pharmacy to pursue a career in medicine. Her goal is inspired by her family members who work in medicine and her relatives' experiences with cancer. "It just stems really from wanting to find a cure for cancer after my late grandpa and grandma and other relatives have passed from cancer," Allison-Begay explained.

In the future, Allison-Begay hopes to work in community pharmacies or as a pediatric pharmacist. Her journey from Leupp to Flagstaff and now to the University of Arizona showcases her determination and passion for helping others through medicine. As she prepares to speak at the CCC commencement ceremony and embark on the next chapter of her education, Allison-Begay serves as an inspiration to Native American students pursuing their dreams.

Key Takeaways

  • Sawyer Allison-Begay, a Native American student, graduates from Coconino Community College with an associate's degree.
  • She will be a student speaker at the commencement ceremony and plans to attend the University of Arizona's College of Pharmacy.
  • Allison-Begay aims to become a pharmacist to address health disparities in Native American communities.
  • She credits CCC's understanding of Native American students' needs and support from the Native American Success Center for her success.
  • Her goal is to work in community pharmacies or as a pediatric pharmacist, inspired by her family's experiences with cancer.