chose Pharmacy School"
young adult in today's fast paced world, I have made a commitment to
myself to always strive for my dreams, whether big or small. No
matter what task is at hand, I never give less than my best. Steve
Prefontaine, a gifted runner and Olympic athlete, once said, "To
give less than your best is to sacrifice the gift." My intent to
always give my best can be seen in all aspects of my life, including
academics. My parents taught me the importance of having a balance in
all areas of my life. Having these values instilled in me at an early
age helped me to become the person I am today.
I owe my
interest in pharmacy to my high school chemistry and biology teacher,
Mr. Arneson, who sparked my interest in the field of science at
Bishop Kelley High School, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He made science so
interesting that I went on to take Advanced Placement Chemistry my
senior year in high school. A year later, I attended the University
of Oklahoma with the intention of earning a chemistry degree.
However, after taking chemistry my first year in college, I soon
realized that I am very much a people person, and felt that with a
chemistry degree I would not be doing what I truly wanted to do with
my life. After visiting with several pharmacists, I decided to learn
more about a career in pharmacy. To see what retail pharmacy
entailed, I obtained a summer job at Drug Warehouse.
decision to change my major, I transferred from the University of
Oklahoma to Southwestern Oklahoma State University to pursue a degree
in pharmacy. Working that summer in the pharmacy at Drug Warehouse,
then this past summer in the pharmacy at Walgreens, made me see the
interaction that the pharmacist had with patients, doctors, and other
health care professionals. I also got to see how the knowledge
learned in pharmacy school is applied to each individual situation.
Together, these two jobs helped kindle the interest I already had in
pursuing a career as a pharmacist.
I feel that
Pharmacy School has many different things to offer me. Getting to
apply my two favorite subjects, math and science, to everyday
situations is wonderful. It is even better to know that my knowledge
learned in pharmacy school will be helping patients to better their
quality of life. Overall, my life has been dedicated to never giving
less than my best. A pharmacists is a key player in the health care
process and maintains a special link between doctors and patients.
The diversity of opportunities within the pharmacy profession excites
me. From my work experience in two pharmacies, I feel that being a
pharmacist would be and ideal career choice for me.