NEA Alumni’s Professional Journey from College to Service
2005 NEA Graduate, James Tra, (Pharm. D.)
Pharmacist, Baylor University Medical Center
James Tra is the prescription label that defines college and career ready – academically prepared.
The 2005 Northeast Academy (NEA) graduate completed a Doctorate of Pharmacy (Pharm. D.) in 2008 from the University of Oklahoma’s College of Pharmacy. He serves as a pharmacist at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, Texas.
“I currently work at the largest county hospital in Dallas County. My job duties as an ambulatory clinical pharmacist include data entry, making sure medications prescribed are appropriately dosed based upon lab values and other information. I also check for prescription verification, as well as counsel patients on how to take their medications,” Tra said.
As a NEA senior, Tra served as the Business Professionals of America (BPA) President and as BPA’s Vice President during his junior year. He also competed on the Academic Decathlon team as a sophomore, a team that advanced to state competition in 2003. Tra described the Academic Decathlon team competition as robust and knowledgeable in many different academic disciplines.
“My fondest memory of Northeast was the different spirit week themes our student council planned each day during homecoming week. Because we had school uniforms, it was one of the few chances we got during the school year to express ourselves as students and share in all the fun photos and camaraderie we had during this week with our friends. I also miss seeing my classmates, who were cheerleaders show off our Viking pride during our pep rallies,” he said.
Tra stressed the importance of pursuing goals.
“Never give up on what you really want in life. The wait can be difficult, but worse to regret. And when times are hard, and you feel like giving up on your journey to reach your dreams, remember to look back and see how far you’ve gone,” Tra said.