Student Success Story: Stephen Serpe

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"I am a senior chemical engineering student at Villanova University. My interest in the pharmaceutical industry began my sophomore year when I joined ISPE. Since then I've learned a lot about the industry and gained a lot of insight - thanks to ISPE members.

"I started attending ISPE Delaware Valley Chapter meetings as often as I could. Now only did I get a great free dinner, but I also got the chance to meet and network with industry professionals from a variety of backgrounds, and to see a presentation on various topics of the industry. There's a lot to be learned about the pharmaceutical industry and ISPE is there to help.

"Last summer, while working on campus on what is now my senior thesis, my ISPE Advisor approached me with the opportunity to attend the 2005 ISPE Student Leadership Forum in the Washington, D.C. area.

"The few days I spent at the conference were wonderful. Never would I have thought a professional society to be so family-like. Everyone was really supportive and helpful to all of the students in attendance. Random professionals would ask how we were, what we've been up to, if we needed directions to anywhere in the area, they told us where we should go out at night, and advised us to stay away from bad areas. I was shocked that these people whom we had just met cared so much about us. We quickly got that "old family friend" feeling from so many people we had just met. At the conference we learned a lot about resume writing, interviewing skills, networking tips, and the industry as a whole. I was very impressed with everything I had seen at the ISPE conference.

"After returning home from the conference the support didn't stop. Many of the professionals running the Student Forum looked over my resume for me and made suggestions. I am still in contact with many of them and several are coming to Villanova to give presentations to our ISPE Student Chapter. Hopefully soon I can add to this testimonial and say how the ISPE helped me land my first job!"


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