Could you tell us a little bit about your early educational background?
I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry in 2016.
What first got you interested in the healthcare field as a career choice? There are a lot of career options in the field -nursing, physician assistant, etc., what made you decide that pharmacy was the right practice area/career choice for you?
My mother is a pharmacist and I was very fascinated by her passion not only to help her family but also the people in her community. Throughout high school and college, I have volunteered at different pharmacies to experience what the career is all about. I learned that pharmacy was much more than preparing and dispensing drugs. It combines ethics and the science of medicine. I strive to be a lifelong learner while making an impact to improve one’s personal health and well-being.
What type of obstacles have you had to overcome on the road to getting your education and in particular in pursuing your PharmD degree? Was there any one thing that led you to decide, “this is definitely the right move for me”?
It was a little challenging to complete the all the prerequisite courses as well as the required courses in my major in 4 years. By joining the Student Health Professions Association’s club on campus and attending informational sessions for pharmacy school, I was dedicated and motivated to do well and pursue my PharmD degree.
Once you decided to pursue a PharmD degree, how did you know that KGI SPHS was the right school for you?
After attending KGI’s informational session during my junior year in college, I was excited to hear about the school’s flipped classroom and team-based learning. Also, the current students emphasized how everyone, including the faculty, is a family.
What are you most looking forward to about beginning your PharmD studies at KGI?
I am looking forward to starting my industry shadowing experience during my P1 year. KGI offers several opportunities in pharmacy industry.
What setting do you see yourself working in eventually -in industry, community pharmacy, clinical, government agency, etc.? Why does that area of practice appeal to you?
I am leaning towards industry since KGI has various industry-related opportunities. However, I am still exploring the different opportunities in pharmacy.
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