Pharmacy Business Initiative!
From : To RxLink From: The University
of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center College of Pharmacy
Pharmacy practice is of greatest interest to me.
Each year of
elementary school, my mom would ask my sister and me to write down
what we wanted to be when we grew up. My choices varied from an
airline pilot to a professional ice cream taster, but when I reached
the fifth grade, I began choosing to become a pharmacist as my
profession. Ever since then, it has always been my goal to
become a pharmacist, and I knew the only way to achieve that would be
to go to pharmacy school.
I received my
first chemistry set in the fifth grade, and I can vividly remember
testing the acidity and basicity of everything in the house. I
am sure my parents got tired of picking up litmus paper that was left
over after my amazement. In high school, I excelled in science
classes and took Honors Chemistry I and then Honors AP Chemistry
II. I knew pharmacy was something I wanted to look into so I
started my first job as a pharmacy cashier at the age of
seventeen. I remember falling in love with the profession from
the first day. I continued to work as a cashier before becoming
a pharmacy technician, and now I am in my second year as a pharmacy
intern. I am slowly climbing the ladder towards my dream.
When I look at
my college experiences up to this point, I am sometimes amazed at
what I have been able to accomplish. While the challenging
coursework has made me at times wish I had chosen an easier field, I
have never questioned that pharmacy was where I would make my impact
on the world. I hope to one day purchase a pharmacy in my
hometown and incorporate compounding and diabetic education into
it. I feel there is nothing as wonderful as being able to help
people achieve good health. I know that pharmacy is a
profession that allows great trust to be built between people, and I
look forward to building bonds with the people that I am able to
serve in the community.
Jennings Bryan once said, "Destiny is not a matter of chance; it
is a matter of choice. It is not something to be waited for;
but rather something to be achieved." His words could not
be truer regarding my own experiences. Pharmacy school is a
choice, and it is a choice I made a long time ago before I knew
hardly anything about the profession. As I learn more and more
about pharmacy, I am confident that it could become one of the best
choices of my life.
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come to mind as to why I chose Pharmacy School. As a second year
Pharm. D. student, my mentor, my family, and especially one of my
roommates has led me to this.
junior high, my science teacher and mentor, Mrs Wanda Ray, recruited
me to join the Science Olympiad team. She placed me into the category
of Human Anatomy. It was her motivating and inspiring spirits that
led me to placing at regional and win an Olympic sized silver medal
at state. Since then, I was hooked on science and the functions of
the human body.
As I began
college, I knew I wanted to continue studying science, but I had the
slightest idea of which career to choose. So, at a local university,
Louisiana State University, I chose Microbiology as my major and
graduated with a chemistry minor. I figured that with a Bachelor's
degree, I could go to medical school or work for a pharmaceutical
company. By the time I was a senior, I realized that dissecting a
cadaver was not for me. My roommate suggested pharmacy school to me
and explained the shortage of pharmacists and all of its benefits.
As I did
further research on pharmacy jobs, I discovered nuclear pharmacy
which really interested me. I also looked into the pharmacy school
curriculum and discovered that I did not have to dissect a cadaver.
All the courses were up my alley of math, chemistry, and of course
the human body. Thus, I chose pharmacy school.
Now that I am
in pharmacy school, I feel 100% that I made the right decision. I
know that I can make an impact on patient lives by counseling and
screening their medication regimen. I can help the community live a
better quality of life. With a Pharm.D. degree, I could not only do
research at a pharmaceutical company, but I also could become a great
inspirer like Mrs. Ray did for me.
factor that led me to choose pharmacy school is my family. I am the
third child out of eight and a first generation college graduate. My
parents are refugees from Vietnam. Their choice of leaving family
behind to come to a foreign place with no knowledge of the language
to give their children a better future has inspired me.
all the opportunities available to me especially an education and the
ability to continuously learn. I am proud to know that by becoming a
pharmacist I can make a positive impact to those around me,
especially the chance to be a role model for my siblings.
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