Meet the Ambassador: Eric Moody

Meet Eric! He enjoys learning about Infectious Diseases, working in a community pharmacy in his hometown, and is a big fan of Cook Out’s Banana Pudding Milkshake.

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Eric Moody, Class of 2017, Chapel Hill Campus
Hometown: Deep Run, NC
Prior Education: Associate’s degree, Lenoir Community College


If they made a movie of your life, which actor/actress would you cast to play you?Chris Pratt, I mean, we’re practically long-lost siblings.

If you could have an endless supply of any one type of food, what would you choose?
That’s a tough one. It would be a tie between Bojangles’ chicken supremes and Cookout’s Banana Pudding milkshake.

If you won a lottery ticket for $100 million dollars, what would you do with it?
I would pay off all my student loans, my wife’s student loans, my parent’s cars & house, 10% to my church (as tithing), and save up the rest for my future children.

If you had one extra hour each day, how would you use it?
I would love to have an extra hour per day to relax and chill out, but I know how I am so it would end up being an extra hour to study. I live an exciting lifestyle 🙂


How did you get interested in pharmacy?
I became interested in pharmacy when I started working at a small, independent pharmacy on the weekends back home. My boss was a great mentor and he loved his customers. He taught me many things, but learning how to treat your customers like family was the best lesson he taught.

What advice would you give a prospective students interested in pharmacy?
NEVER lose faith in yourself, what you can do, and what you have the potential to become.
NEVER compare yourself to your class mates. You are all on different levels of learning and pharmacy school is not a race. Focus on doing your best and not the best of others.
NEVER become a Duke fan 🙂


What’s been one of your favorite experiences at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy so far?
One of my favorite experiences at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy has been participating in the Recruitment Ambassadors Program. In this program, I have volunteered my time and talents to interact with students interested in the PharmD program, students who have applied to the PharmD program, and students who have been accepted to the PharmD program. Having the opportunity to give back to the pharmacy school and its future students has been a wonderful, rewarding experience.

What area of pharmacy is most interesting to you?
I have come to love the area of Infectious Disease over the past few months of school. It’s one of the areas you will be exposed to the most in practice and I find the mechanisms of action for antibiotics/antifungals/antivirals to be pretty awesome. I love Community pharmacy as well and it will always hold a special place in my heart.


Have more questions for Eric? Feel free to send him an email: esmoody@email.unc.edu

Meet the Ambassador: Sarah Shockley

Meet Sarah! She shadowed pharmacists during undergrad, is working on school/life balance, and is kind of klutzy.

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Sarah Shockley, Class of 2019, Chapel Hill Campus
Hometown: Salisbury, MD
Prior Education: Bachelor’s degree, North Carolina State University


If they made a movie of your life, which actor/actress would you cast to play you?Definitely Jennifer Lawrence. Partially because she’s an excellent actress so she’d make my life look interesting, but also because she’s kind of klutzy and I identify with that.

If you could have an endless supply of any one type of food, what would you choose?
Easy tacos. They’re only the best food in the world.

If you won a lottery ticket for $100 million dollars, what would you do with it?
Use it to pay for pharmacy school! And then with the extra I would probably make sure my family was taken care of before I made some very important business trips to all the countries on my bucket list.

If you had one extra hour each day, how would you use it?
You see I know this answer should be go to the gym or study, however we all know that extra hour would be for Netflix.


How did you get interested in pharmacy?
I got interested in pharmacy first through going to some intro sessions at my school, and then doing some shadowing. Shadowing was such a valuable experience because I got to see what I would be doing every day if I pursued this career. Needless to say I loved it.

What advice would you give a prospective students interested in pharmacy?
My advice would be to get out there and find an experience! I emailed several friends to reach out to their parents/friends of their parents to find shadowing experiences. You’d be amazed at the network you already have, and how willing people are to share their experience and connections.


Why did you choose the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy?
I chose UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy after attending two of the LEADership academies. I really got to know the program that included a new curriculum, extra immersion experiences, and abroad rotations. They offered the most innovative curriculum of the schools I researched, and I knew they would prepare me for whatever field I continue with in pharmacy.

What has been the most challenging part of pharmacy school?
The most challenging part of pharmacy school is finding a work/life balance. There will always be more studying and work to do, and you have to find a way to do this as effiently as possible so you can make time for other important things such as cooking, cleaning, and exercising. Especially when you are working on coursework that you love and find super interesting, it can be hard to make that time to de-stress.


Have more questions for Sarah? Feel free to send her an email: sjshockl@email.unc.edu

Happy Holidays

We’ve made it through the fall semester, the application deadline, and two out of our three Candidates’ Days. Time for a break! 🙂

The School and Admissions Office will be closed December 23rd-27th and December 31st-January 3rd. The best way to contact us from now until January 4th is via email: pharmacy_admissions@unc.edu.

I hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday, and a Happy New Year!

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The Office of Student Affairs is ready for the holidays – Tar Heel style!

Meet the Ambassador: Kristen Leger

Meet Kristen! She was a biochem major in undergrad, chose UNC because of its location and faculty, and wants to see the Northern Lights.

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Kristen Leger, Class of 2017, Chapel Hill Campus
Hometown: Hickory, NC
Prior Education: Bachelor’s degree, North Carolina State University


If you could have an endless supply of any one type of food, what would you choose?
Pickles, especially fried.

If you won a lottery ticket for $100 million dollars, what would you do with it?
Travel the world! I would love to visit unique places such as Bora Bora, Fiji or Iceland to see the Northern Lights.


What advice would you give a prospective students interested in pharmacy?
Shadow pharmacists to gain a better understanding of the field and to identify mentors who can write strong letters of recommendation for your application.  Also seek out programs designed for pre-pharmacy students such as Mentoring Future Leaders in Pharmacy (MFLIP) or Leadership, Excellence, and Development (LEAD) at UNC.

What experience from undergrad best prepared you for pharmacy school?
I was a biochemistry major in undergrad and I felt that the advanced biochemistry courses really helped prepare me for my courses in pharmacy school, not only content-wise, but also by helping me learn time management and successful study habits.


Why did you choose the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy?
I chose the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy because it was the perfect blend of everything I was looking for. I was drawn to the faculty of the school because I wanted to learn from the best in the field. I also was excited to be located near Research Triangle Park (RTP) where so many pharmaceutical companies call home. I liked how the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy is closely connected to UNC Hospitals, and there were many opportunities to shadow pharmacists in the UNC health-system or complete rotations at UNC Hospitals.

What makes for a successful pharmacy student at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy?
A successful pharmacy student at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy is one who is motivated, excited to learn, and a team-player. Being a pharmacy student at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy includes dynamic coursework with small group learning, and flipped classroom models that require students to always be prepared for class and engaged.


Have more questions for Kristen? Feel free to send her an email: kleger@email.unc.edu

Good food in Asheville

Do you love to eat? Hopefully, yes! There are so many great restaurants in Asheville, NC. Lucky for our students on the Asheville campus, they get to enjoy all that the bohemian downtown of Asheville has to offer – including great food, a huge craft beer scene, and close access to hiking and camping in the mountains along the Blue Ridge Parkway. We ran across this article on the Foodie Crush Blog, and wanted to share it with you. If you haven’t visited Asheville yet, and you love food, now might be a great time to plan a visit. Check out our upcoming spring events, and stop by our Asheville campus for a visit. Make sure to visit Biltmore while you’re there!

Meet the Ambassador: Claudia Ortiz Lopez

Meet Claudia! She finished 3 years at UNC Chapel Hill, likes cheese, and is good at giving immunizations.

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Claudia Ortiz Lopez, Class of 2019, Chapel Hill Campus
Hometown: San Juan, Puerto Rico
Prior Education: 3 years undergrad, UNC Chapel Hill


If you could have an endless supply of any one type of food, what would you choose?
Cheese. You can never have too much cheese. But not blue cheese, that is one I do not like.

If you won a lottery ticket for $100 million dollars, what would you do with it?
First off, pay off my student loans, then I would help my parents pay their mortgage or anything else they had since I feel partially indebted to them. Then I would move to a much nicer apartment and travel each chance I have all over the world.

If you had one extra hour each day, how would you use it?
I always say I want more time to either read more or work out, but the reality is if I had one more hour a day each day, I would probably end up sleeping more.


What would you change about preparing for pharmacy school?
I certainly would have tried to finish my undergraduate degree in 3 years. Although once I obtain a PharmD the bachelor’s will not be as important, to me personally having that piece of paper means something and I foresee that I will try to finish it at some point. I would also have tried to work in a pharmacy setting earlier on, for the more experience one gets, the more prepared one will be for pharmacy school.

What experience from undergrad best prepared you for pharmacy school?
Certainly having a science major all throughout undergrad prepared me for the rigor or the classes in pharmacy school. Also, being involved in extracurricular activities, from volunteering at the hospital to clubs and organizations, truly helped me learn how to manage my time between school related activities, social activities, and extracurricular activities.


What’s been one of your favorite experiences at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy so far?
One of my favorite experiences so far is having already, at the end of just one semester, been certified to give immunizations, and be able to do blood glucose and blood pressure screenings. The practical skills that we have learned have allowed me to volunteer in several events through different organizations and have allowed me to use these skills to directly help people. I was able to give blood glucose screenings to many family members during Family Day, a day where students bring their families to school to experience a day in the life of a pharmacy student, and that was one of the favorite moments yet.

What has been the most challenging part of pharmacy school?
One of the most challenging parts of pharmacy school is trying to be involved in many things and excelling in all of them. All students that are enrolled in pharmacy school are used to excelling and being above average. Once arriving here, it has been hard to cope with thinking that I need a job, research, several leadership positions and a 4.0 GPA because that is what you hear everybody else is doing. The reality is that not all people are doing that, and that everybody should focus on the unique characteristics that made them stand out when admitted to the school and to truly stand out in their own way, not necessarily in everything.


Have more questions for Claudia? Feel free to send her an email: ortizlop@email.unc.edu

 

PharmCAS updates…and other updates

Starting next week (on December 15th) you will be able to login to your PharmCAS application and make edits to your coursework. You will be able to update your fall semester grades and indicate any changes to your spring schedule. We recommend that you take advantage of the academic update period (December 15-February 15), to let us know if there are any changes in your courses. For more information visit this page.


We are no longer accepting PharmCAS applications (our Deadline was December 1st). We are continuing to accept supplemental applications. The supplemental application will remain open until January 15, 2016, but I strongly encourage you to complete your supplemental application as soon as possible. We cannot review your application and consider you for an interview until we have received both your PharmCAS and supplemental applications.


We are getting ready to hold another interview day (Candidates’ Day) next week. Our final Candidates’ Day will be in early February. The Admissions Office and Admissions Committee is busy reviewing applications, preparing for interviews, and making decisions on candidates. It’s the most wonderful time of the year in Admissions!

 

Meet the Ambassadors

Exciting news! Starting next week, I’m going to feature one student per week in a series called Meet the Ambassador. Each week, I’ll profile a current student who is part of our Recruitment Ambassador program.

Our Recruitment Ambassadors are amazing – they are energetic, friendly, and passionate about our School and the field of pharmacy. They help the School recruit by attending events, giving presentations, and interacting with prospective students. It wasn’t too long ago that they were in your shoes preparing for pharmacy school! Check back next week to meet our first Ambassador.