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Reagan Sperrazza '24

Reagan graduated on May 11 with a BS in Medical Science and is enrolled in the University of Tennessee’s Doctorate of Pharmacy Program (PharmD.).

Within each of our Bay Path community members is an inspirational story of perseverance and strength, and we are honored to share them. This narrative appeared on social media as part of Bay Path's #MyPath series.

“I am a medical science major pursuing a pharmaceutical degree in grad school. After I graduate this spring, I’ll have four more years, and then Dr. Sperrazza will be in existence.

“My mom is a nurse, and my dad is an engineer. I was always into science, but I had no idea what I was going to do after high school. When we had career fairs, I would look everywhere for whatever science majors schools offered.

“When I looked into universities, I wanted them to not only be high-ranked but also offer courses that will only push me into a better field. I remembered meeting with Bay Path at the last minute of the college fair, and I saw biology. That's when I started thinking about medical science.

“When I toured Bay Path I didn’t say a single word the entire tour. I was taking it all in, and compared to the other tours I did where I felt very unseen, it was very small and personal. I let that be my deciding factor.

“I'm from Enfield, Connecticut. I was going to be a commuter student. But I did the on-campus application, and my dad said, ‘You have to do it. Just to experience living on campus.’ We did the whole roommate selection process, and I was like, ‘Oh my God, I'm living in a dorm.’

“I applied as a Resident Assistant. I've been in the same room on the same floor for the last three years, working and doing a lot of creative activities, like decorating the hallway, making fun themes, and just making sure everybody's doing well.

“I was part of the student events committee, which has evolved into the student engagement team. We do events on campus like Winter Bash and Friends Night In. 

“I'm a VP of the SAGA Club, which stands for Sexuality and Gender Alliance. It is a big club and a very inclusive space for the LGBTQ+ community. While I don't identify as part of that community, it doesn't mean that allies shouldn't feel just as included in these kinds of spaces. 

“I created the Body Positivity Club since I was fed up with the former disposable plastic lab coats. They didn't fit everybody's shape and size. I made the club to help people feel comfortable with who they are and find a workaround that doesn't make them feel less but more empowered. 

“My time doing all these different positions has helped me because I now have a voice compared to when I didn't. Bay Path has influenced me through the decisions I've made. But it's not just me. It's everybody else that I've also influenced and how they've influenced me. 

“I graduated on May 11 and am enrolled in the University of Tennessee’s Doctorate of Pharmacy Program (PharmD.). They're top 20 in residency matches and top 80 in pharmacy exam-passing rates. It's a big university with a 12 to 1 staff-to-faculty-to-student ratio, similar to Bay Path, which I love.

“Bay Path taught me that communication and confidence are the most significant things you can do because asking for help is not a weakness. It is one of the best qualities you can have.

“Bay Path encouraged me to dream big, even if it’s scary."—Reagan Sperrazza ’24


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