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University of Maryland - Pharm. D. Candidate 2001

What I Want For Christmas

Writing this narrative reminds me of Ralphie from the movie A Christmas Story.  He is so excited to tell his teacher about the Red Rider B-B Gun he so dearly wants for Christmas. Normally Ralphie would have trouble writing a narrative, but when it comes to the Red Rider B-B Gun he has no trouble filling a one-page narrative. 

Like Ralphie, if given a captive audience, I will tell you why I'm so excited.  I want to spend my pharmacy career educating  and beig educated by the children I work so hard to help.   My career goal is to run a pediatric ambulatory care clinic targeting high-risk children.  During my experiences in pharmacy school I found adults more motivated by the illnesses of their children then by their own illnesses.  by the age of eight, most children don't want to be different.  Pharmacists play a crucial role in preventing exacerbations of otherwise controllable disease states.

As a resident I hope to gain the trust and respect of my patients and fellow staff. I will prove to be dedicated by working hard in all aspects of my job.  I hope to gain independence, keen insight, and most of all the confidence to make professional judgments from my broadening knowledge base.

I believe a Pediatric Pharmacotherapy Residency is best suited for me because I am committed to pediatrics, and I will not clutter my mind with alternatives in general practice that may distract me from my goal.  There are many exciting opportunities for pharmacists today; however, I believe the key to success is to stay focused on continuing my education, resisting the lure of an easy job, the sure-thing, or the deserving salary.  All these things come with time.  Doing the job you've always dreamed of, makes the satisfaction last.


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"Why I chose Pharmacy School"                   SOSU 2002

 As a 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.

Making the 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.

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