Tuttle started working at 16, taking a customer service job at Target. When that wasn’t challenging enough for her, she went to work at Victoria’s Secret, where she started in sales and eventually worked up to co-manager. She simultaneously studied full time at the University of California, Fresno, to earn her bachelor’s degree.
“Every little bit helps ... I feel like my hard work is appreciated and these people want to help me succeed.”
Then, she got laid off — and she had to start thinking about what she really wanted to pursue for a career.
Her mother suggested pharmacy, and Tuttle spent four months earning her pharmacy tech license (while still in school full time) and got work at a compounding pharmacy while she finished school. Then, she started looking for graduate programs to become a pharmacist herself.
— Alyssa Tuttle PharmD ’15
Pacific, she said, was in a beautiful location and offered an attractive three-year route to a doctorate. Plus, she got not one, but two scholarships to attend. “Every little bit helps. Anything I can do to decrease the loan amount is beneficial,” she said. “And, I’ve never gotten a scholarship before. I feel like my hard work is appreciated and these people want to help me succeed.” Getting laid off, she said, might have been a devastating experience.
Two corporate scholarships are
helping Alyssa Tuttle PharmD ’15 pursue her dream of serving patients as a pharmacist.
Instead, “It was the best thing that could have happened to me.” For Forrester, too, the life changes that led to Pacific were dramatic, but ultimately positive. Her route to pursue an education started when her youngest son was just seven weeks old — and her husband, the boy’s father, decided to leave the family. “I had to think about what I was going to do,” she said. A minimum wage job may have been more expedient, but it wouldn’t have been the best long-term plan for her family. The work is hard, but she hopes that she’s inspiring her boys. “I wish she could be at home a little more. I sometimes miss her,” said her oldest boy, Ethan. “But she goes to school so she can get a good job and get us a better house.” Forrester said she hopes that someday, when her boys hit that point where they just don’t want to push themselves any further in school, they remember what she did. “When they get to that point, I want them to think, ‘Wait, Mommy did this with me and Brother. I can do it.’” n watch Scholarship recipients say thank you. pacificu.edu/boxertales
Published on Oct 28, 2013