The air was thick with apprehension and uncertainty. Theroom was packed from wall to wall with men, women and children. Spanish andEnglish entwined and settled on willing ears. People were handing meprescriptions, and it was my job to assist the Pharmacist to fill and dispensemedication. The people of Piedras Negras, Mexico were gathered in the makeshiftclinic my church had set up with the hope of being treated. I was working inthe pharmacy and my heart was full. Growing up, I knew I had apassion for science.
In the fifth grade, I made up a rap song about the cell,yet knowing what I wanted to do with that passion was always unclear. Afterattending the National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine in high school, Idecided being a doctor or nurse was not for me; I didn’t enjoy the idea ofphysically examining patients. I enjoyed interaction with people, justnot in an exam room. While this helped narrow the choices, I was still unclearabout my future career aspirations. I used my time in college to explore andinvestigatevarious options. My junior year of college, I startedresearch in adevelopmental biology lab. It was a unique experience thatexposed meto another side of science.
While I had taken numerous labsin school,this was unlike any of my previous classes. It was excitingtochallenge myself to think outside of the box, but there wasstill anelement lacking; I wasn’t passionate about it. While onsummer breaklast year, I shadowed as a pharmacy at home. Pharmacy becamean option I wanted to strongly pursue.
I began asking pharmacy students andpharmacists about their profession. I joined thepre-pharmacy club. Idid research online and began to shadow at several retainpharmacies.Then came the experience in Mexico. I knew at last, that mypassion waspharmacy, and it was the perfect career for me. Thepharmacists hadinteraction with patients and could be there as a friend andconfidante.
People were known by name and there was a senseofcommunity about working in a pharmacy. You solve problems,you figureout the piece of a puzzle and foremost, you make sure yourclient istaking the right medication and dose. The patients rely onyou to makesure all medications work together and not in a harmfulmanner. I now work in a pharmacy as a pharmacy technician, and every day,I amrewarded with knowing I have made the correct decision. Thisjob allowsme to have a hands-on approach to working in a pharmacy andexposed me to areas I wasn’t able to participate in while I shadowed. It isparamount for pharmacists and physicians to work together toprovidepatients with confidence in their healthcare.
A pharmacistneeds to becompassionate and patient, a good communicator, calm underpressure,and detail oriented. These are qualities at which I excel. I havebeen involved in Mission trips and tutoring underprivilegedstudentssince my sophomore year in high school. Living in Texas overthe pastthree years, I have continued this passion and have mademission tripsmore of a regular event. With my Doctor of Pharmacy, I will be an activeparticipant in the local community, as well as servingothers throughmission trips. I will use the knowledge and passion forbiology I havegained in college, and expand on my science passion inpharmacy school.
I will also use my second degree, a certificate in business,in thefuture as an owner of a local pharmacy or pharmacy manager.