After three years of medical school, Patrick Krieger decided that it was not the right fit for him, so he changed his major.
"At the time, that felt like the biggest disappointment, that I wasted so much time and was letting down my parents — maybe they were looking forward to getting free medical advice," Krieger, 34, who is the director of regulatory and technical affairs for the Plastics Industry Association, said in his Rising Stars survey. "But the failure was actually the pivot I needed … into finding [a] new degree, without which I would not have obtained the internship that led to my first job in D.C. and where I am now."
Krieger said this "failure" ended up teaching him two things. First, "failure is not an end as much as it is the opportunity to find a new way forward." And second, "trust your feelings and do the things that are right for you and not what you think others want/expect, because you'll be happier and that's ultimately what the people who love you want."
He graduated from Texas A&M University with a bachelor's degree in agricultural leadership and development.
He worked at the Animal Health Institute as the manager of regulatory affairs, where he served as the primary AHI staff support — both technical and organizational — to the veterinary biologics section and as the project manager and AHI liaison for electronic data interchange and market share special projects.