Class of 2018
PharmD Year: P3
Where did you complete your undergraduate/pre-pharmacy coursework?
I received my BS in Neuroscience from the University of Michigan
Why did you choose UC?
I always joke and say: “I made an Excel document with weighted categories and UC came out with the highest total.” But really, I did do that, and UC had what I was looking for in a PharmD program and felt “right” to me.
What does the Pursuit of Pharmacy mean to you?
To me, the Pursuit of Pharmacy is about taking the time to find your own path. A career in pharmacy can consist of so many meaningful paths these days. With provider status on our horizon, we stand at a unique and exciting crossroads as student pharmacists in what we can explore and achieve.
If you could meet your past self and give them one sentence of advice about your first year, what would you say?
Go to more of the regional and national meetings - first year is the best time to get a broader view of the student organizations!
What is the most important thing you've gained from your time at the JLW CoP?
I have learned that this is a safe environment to "just go for it." The staff and faculty at the JLW CoP truly want you to succeed and get excited with you when you bring ideas to the table.
What are your thoughts on the city of Cincinnati?
I didn't know much about Cincinnati before moving here. Honestly, as an out of state applicant, I didn't have the best impression of the city. After moving here I can say that it is a truly fun place to live in as a young adult. Cincinnati seems to be going through a "rejuvenation" - new hangout spots, restaurants, and bars are opening every month. There are different pockets of culture throughout the city. You can get the typical undergrad experience near main campus, hop over to the hippy Gaslight district, explore the grungy but hipster-ey vibe of Over the Rhine... it could go on and on!
What does a Day in Your Life look like?
Dear Future Student Pharmacist,
What do picture, when you imagine the rest of your life?
I don’t mean “What is your major” or “What’s your dream job” or “What are you going to tell the interviewers?” I mean – do you see early mornings? Late nights? Do you prioritize a family, stability – or does your mind go to travels, to whimsy? When you imagine yourself sitting back and smiling like a Cheshire cat at the state of your life – what do you picture?
In the Spring of my first year, we took an assessment that asked us to answer some of these questions. The assessment would then recommend pharmacy careers based on your answers. I remember taking a similar assessment in middle school. It seemed laughable, back then, that a handful of questions should tell me what I would do for the rest of my life.
As I look back, I realize now that these assessments aren’t meant to direct your destiny. These assessments are meant to encourage you to define your priorities.
On a typical day in pharmacy school, I get up before the sun. I make myself tea or coffee, depending on how tired I am. I drive up, up, up the parking structure and park on Eden Top. On good days, I take the stairs down the parking structure and up to class. On bad days, I wait for the rickety elevator regardless of how late it makes me.
PY1 and PY2 are the most “regular” years – you attend class in the morning, get an hour for lunch and meetings, and then finish out classes in the afternoon.
This college is an intimate one. In its halls, you will often run into at least one professor every break. Our deans are always out and about and even on days that they are out of sight, we see through emails and twitter and announcements that they are keeping just as busy as we do.
Intimate, though, does not mean limited. Over the past year and a half, I have learned that our university offers countless study spots (in the college, across the street in the Medical Sciences Building, or even on main campus), speaker series, activities, and mentors. I have gotten the chance to work on research projects and to shadow pharmacists at different hospitals, all with the encouragement and aid of our faculty and staff. As I interact with classmates and get involved at school, I am also starting to figure out my leadership, motivation, and presentation styles.
Through all of these experiences, these are some of the things I have elucidated:
- I am, surprisingly, okay with mornings.
- I like variety, but I also like to have my schedule set at least a week in advance.
- I have high intrinsic motivation and learn best by self-study followed with group discussion.
- I enjoy tasks that others may consider “tedious,” like data collection and analysis.
- It is important for me to be home early some days so I can make dinner and eat with my loved ones, or exercise.
It might seem simple, but it is through these simple facts that I have started to define my priorities. By facing these priorities, I am starting to map out my future. I still have no idea what I am going to do with my life, but I know that whatever it is, I will be able to take comfort in the fact that I actively chose that path.
What do you picture, when you imagine the rest of your life?