The pursuit of excellence is never easy, but it begins with an understanding of the hard work that lays the groundwork for success. For Robin Barrett, that influence came from her mother: "My mom always balanced a fulfilling family life and a career that she loved. I grew up every day seeing the true hard work of a woman and that inspired me greatly to find success in what I do."
As a leader among her peers, Robin flawlessly balances the demands of her pharmacy program, student government, community volunteer work, and driving initiatives dedicated to patient education and getting people excited about their health. "My goal in life is to always be a light to those around me. The only thing in life you can control is your attitude, and I try to maintain a positive outlook no matter where I am because good vibes are contagious," she says. "When you own that positive energy, you can uplift a room."
Through her social media presence
, Robin strives to cultivate a balance of all her passions, both in and out of medicine. Whether she's starting her own fashion line of clothing or creating her own Oprah-inspired health & wellness talkshow
on Youtube, Robin's persistent optimism goes hand in hand with the ambition to write her own destiny: "I am empowered by my own potential to make history in my family. Especially during Black History Month, it’s important to recognize that I would not be where I am without the sacrifices of those who came before me. I hope to honor their legacy by continuing to break barriers and pave the way for generations behind me,"
But for Robin staying positive is more than just an attitude - it's the way she approaches all aspects of her life. "Working as a pharmacist means that a big part of my job is to make sure that patients adhere to their medications. Trust is a vital component of medication adherence, and if the patient doesn’t respect what you’re doing then they aren’t going to trust that you have their best interests at heart," she continues. "Racial prejudice is still a part of the day-to-day reality for many African American providers in medicine. My approach to this is to own it as an opportunity to educate the person. Instead of getting upset, it’s more productive to stay positive and show them 'hey, we’re no different than you, and we’re here to help you.' In leading by example we can do more to progress the conversation about who we are and what we represent."