RBHS’ Green plans to be a pharmacistPublished 6:00am Saturday, October 13, 2012
Editor’s Note: Franklin’s Future is a regular feature spotlighting a high school senior in Franklin County and what they have planned for life after graduation.
High school senior Carlie Green has been a Red Bay Tiger ever since she first entered kindergarten.
Green, 18, said growing up and attending a school like Red Bay has been an enjoyable experience, mainly because of the people she’s met along the way.
“High school has just been a great overall experience, from fields trips to football games on Friday night – it’s just all been fun,” Green said.
“With Red Bay being a small school, I’ve been able to really get to know my classmates and form friendships with them. And it being a small school means that you’re not afraid to talk to the teachers or ask them for help because you probably know most of them outside of school anyway. It’s just a good atmosphere.”
In her four years of high school, Green has made a point to get involved in school activities.
She has been a member of the annual staff, the honor roll, Scholar’s Bowl, English Club, Science Club, Spanish Club, SAFE, a Students Against Destructive Decisions council member, the Health Occupation Students of America historian, a Future Business Leaders of America officer and she has served as the vice-president of her class for three years and the reporter for her class one year.
She has also been a part of Franklin County Junior Leadership, the LEO Club, which is the high school division of the Lion’s Club civic organization, and she works after school each day at the school’s T.R.A.C.K.S. program.
“Doing community service through organizations like Junior Leadership and Leo Club is just a good way to help others and it’s really rewarding to see how much it means to some people,” Green said.
“I work at the T.R.A.C.K.S. program after school and after I helped with the Lion’s Club clothing drive at Christmas, I had a little girl in the afterschool program come and show me her shoes and she told me she’d gotten them at the clothing drive and she seemed so proud of them. It made me glad to know I’d helped with something like that.”
Green said she has tried to make the most of her high school experience in preparation for her future and she urged younger students to do the same.
“It’s better to go ahead and start paying attention in class so that you can get prepared for your senior year,” she said. “It’ll be tough but it’ll be worth it in the end.”
Green said she would miss the carefree days of high school once she graduates but she’s looking forward to the next chapter of her life.
She plans to attend Samford University in Birmingham and major in pre-pharmacy in preparation for attending pharmacy school and having a career as a pharmacist at a hospital.
“There are only two pharmacy schools in Alabama and Samford is closer to home,” she said. “My sister will also be living in Birmingham and I have friends who are going to UAB, so it just seemed like the best choice.
“I chose pharmacy because I wanted to do something in the medical field but I didn’t think I could actually handle dealing with needles and blood, so as a pharmacist I can just make sure people get their medicine and get better.”
Green said once she graduates with her degree, she planned to live near Birmingham.
“There are more opportunities associated with a big city,” she said. “I want to work in a hospital so I think it will just be a better place to live and work.”
When she isn’t planning her future, Green said she enjoyed reading, painting, drawing and hanging out with her friends.
She is the daughter of Rodney and Cynthia Green and she has an older sister, Natalie.