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February 2003

From : From Hampton University to RxLink Pharmacy        

Why I decided to pursue pharmacy school?  O.M.

I have not always wanted to become a pharmacist.  In fact, my decision to enter pharmacy has been a process of self-discovery.  From the time I was a little boy, I dreamt of becoming a U.S. Navy aviation officer.  I thought it was my destined career to faithfully and dutifully serve my country as a United States Naval fighter pilot.  However, over the past few years and through numerous personal adversities, I now firmly believe that pharmacy is the best choice for me.

My experiences as a transplant patient have provided the initial impetus for my interest in a pharmacy career.  As a kidney transplant patient, I daily take a myriad of medications.  Curious about how these drugs affect my body, I have been reading several pharmacology books concerning my medication regimen.  To my surprise, I am fascinated and intrigued by how my body chemistry can be manipulated and, to some extent, controlled by introducing a chemical substance.  It is this awe that makes pharmacy so appealing to me.  While my struggles as a transplant survivor have affirmed my interest in pharmacy so appealing to me.  While my struggles as a transplant survivor have affirmed my interest in pharmacy, they have also strengthened my resolve and commitment to pursue pharmacy as a career.  I believe that my experiences as a kidney transplant patient will bring a whole new different dimension to my abilities as a pharmacist.

Aside from my experiences a transplant recipient, my thirst for knowledge has been the single greatest motivational factor in my pursuit of a pharmacy career.  I think that my academic choices reflect this strong appetite.  As an undergraduate student, I pursued a broad range of scientific and humanistic courses that demonstrate my skills to solve problems and process information.  During my senior year of college, I even enrolled in and excelled at graduate-level science classes.  My intense enthusiasm to learn clearly makes me an ideal candidate for pharmacy school.  Coupled with my urge to learn, my passion for science has been a major force in forming my decision to become an aspiring pharmacist.

My interest in science is matched only by my desire to help and assist people in need.  This desire has led me to spend numerous hours volunteering in the Radiology Department at Chesapeake General Hospital.  As a patient care representative, I was able to work closely with health care professionals and to interact directly with patients.  Among my volunteer duties, I transported patients within the hospital, delivered radiographs to the ER, and acted as a liaison between patients family and nursing staff.  My work at the hospital was a valuable and gratifying experience.  It allowed me insight into a variety of cultures, lifestyles, and religions.  Not only has my work as a hospital volunteer broadened my understanding of the delivery of heath care, but it has also assured me that pharmacy is the correct career choice.

Throughout the years and many personal struggles, I feel that a career in pharmacy best suits my personal and professional interests.  It ideally integrates my genuine concern for people and my scientific curiosity.  All of my experiences as a transplant survivor and a community volunteer have prepared me well for pharmacy school.  By going to pharmacy school, I believe that I can make a significant contribution to the field of pharmacy as well as society.  Hopefully, my motivation, compassion, and dedications reflect my continued commitment to provide pharmaceutical care.  For these reasons, I feel that I can best  serve the community as a pharmacist. 


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