Brother Gil Arquisola is a Spring 2017 initiate of the Gamma Psi Chapter at Mercer University.
Brother Arquisola's leadership roles include:
Gamma Psi Regent, Pledgemaster, IFC Representative, Atlantic Province Pledge Development Committee, Kappa Psi International Ritual Committee, Phi Lambda Sigma Vice-President, AMCP Treasurer, and Mercer Ambassador Leadership Team
Some of Brother Arquisola's accomplishments are:
Kappa Psi #1 Collegiate Chapter of the Year (twice), and Gamma Psi Pledge of the Year (2017)
Continue reading below to get to know a little bit more about Brother Gil Arquisola!
Q: Why did you choose pharmacy?
A: After graduating in 2011 with a BBA in Management from Mercer University, I had little to no idea what I wanted to do career wise. I worked throughout undergrad at CVS/Pharmacy at the time as a shift supervisor in order to pay undergraduate fraternity dues. I asked my manager to work more hours, but the only offer he could give me was to work as a pharmacy technician. I enjoyed my technician duties, helping patients, and learning about the drugs that my patients were receiving and sought to apply to pharmacy school in order to become a pharmacist.
Q: Why did you choose Kappa Psi?
A: On my second day of orientation, I vividly remember the P3 Kappa Psi Brothers in their red polos that were being introduced as the organizational leaders on campus. There were at least five Brothers that held president positions out of the group of leaders introducing their respective organization to my P1 class. My experience as my undergrad fraternity president, naturally helped me to gravitate towards the Brothers of Kappa Psi and to do whatever it took to become a Brother. It is the single best decision I've ever made in pharmacy school.
Q: What are your future plans?
A: I’m pursuing an interest in residency. I will be doing my P4 APPE rotations back in my hometown of Macon, GA. I hope to either work towards residency or obtain a position as a staff pharmacist at one of the three hospitals located in Macon.
Q: Tell us a fun fact about yourself.
A: I recently finished my term as Regent of the Gamma Psi Chapter and served as High Alpha of the Zeta Omega Zeta of Lambda Chi Alpha at Mercer University in Macon. My interests outside of school include watching sports (Atlanta Falcons, Atlanta Braves, ATL United, Chicago Blackhawks), cooking, and deep-sea fishing.
Q: How has Kappa Psi positively influenced your life and/or career?
A: I've always believed that the more work I put into Kappa Psi and helping my Chapter be the best we can be, the reward will be worth much more. The reward of being a Brother of Gamma Psi has provided me with leadership opportunities I would have never fathomed at the beginning of my path in pharmacy school. The support of the Grad Brothers and their endorsement of my work ethic and leadership is invaluable to me and is my motivation to work through any struggles or hindrances that may come my way towards becoming a successful pharmacist.
Q: What inspired or motivated you to begin the activities for which you are being recognized?
A: My motivation is my Brothers. Pushing them to be the best person they can be helps to push me to be the best person I can be. I would not have made it this far in pharmacy school without my Brothers and I owe it to them to be present and help them in any way I possibly can.
Q: Did you face any challenges along the way? If so, how did you overcome them?
A: It gets difficult to balance school, leadership roles, Kappa Psi, and time for family and friends. It helps to have friends and family that understand that my time has to be devoted on my personal and professional goals. Their support has meant the world to me. I've had to sacrifice being able to attend many life events, weddings, birthdays, and gatherings, in order to uphold my responsibilities. I'd say having a great support group of Brothers, extremely close friends, and my family have helped me to overcome any challenges I've had to face in life and in pharmacy school.