Laura Westlund '12

Laura Westlund '12

Name: Laura Westlund

Graduating Class: 2012

Major: Chemistry

Your Story: My name is Laura Westlund and I am from Hutchinson, MN.

I chose Gustavus because I have grown up with Gustavus in my blood with both of my parents, grandparents, and my brother attending.  I enjoyed science in high school, and I knew Gustavus had great science programs, so it just seemed like a good fit.

My interest in pre-pharmacy started my freshman year when I knew I wanted to do something in the health care industry, but just was unsure of what field. I had been exposed to the profession from a young age with a pharmacist as a close family friend. After working a summer at a pharmacy, I knew that this is what I wanted to do.

My Class Schedule (click to view PDF)

Top Five activities/experiences:

  • Going abroad to Australia and New Zealand over J-Term
  • Attending athletic events, especially football, basketball, and hockey
  • Participating in Big Partner, Little Partner
  • Being involved with various organizations including Chem Club, Pre-Pharmacy Club, and intramural tennis


  • I wish I would have taken both Chemistry and Biology my first year at Gustavus, because I felt like I was behind a year in Biology.
  • I wish I would have continued taking my Spanish classes. It would be really helpful to be bilingual, especially in the healthcare industry.
  • I would encourage everyone to go abroad, even if it is just for a month like I did. It really is a great opportunity to learn more about yourself and become more independent.

Future plans: Next September I will be attending the University of Minnesota School of Pharmacy in the Twin Cities and will plan to graduate with a PharmD in May of 2016.