Meet Kate! She loves running, comes from a family of pharmacists, and wishes she had taken more non-science courses in undergrad.
Kate Summers, Class of 2018, Chapel Hill Campus
Hometown: Hickory, NC
Prior Education: Bachelor’s degree, Auburn University
If you could have an endless supply of any one type of food, what would you choose?
Sushi! I love sushi and never seem to get sick of it! I could eat it for every meal of every day.
If you won a lottery ticket for $100 million dollars, what would you do with it?
I would up my online shopping game! Also would probably get a dog, pay off mine and my friends’ student loans, and save the rest of it.
If you had one extra hour each day, how would you use it?
Running! I really enjoy running, but too often I push it aside when I get “too busy.”
How did you get interested in pharmacy?
My mom and grandfather are both pharmacists, and I worked at an independent pharmacy in high school. I never really thought I would go into pharmacy, though. But one day it hit me that I really enjoyed working in the pharmacy, learning about medications, and I have ALWAYS loved science and math. I decided on pharmacy near the end of high school and stuck with it.
What would you change about your undergraduate studies and/or preparing for pharmacy school?
I am really thankful I got an undergraduate degree; I think this has enriched my experience as a whole. Also, I would have taken more “non-science” classes just to give me a bigger body of knowledge. I don’t know much about economics or business, so I would have taken more of these classes—just for fun!
What experience from undergrad best prepared you for pharmacy school?
I did well in school and enjoyed my classes. I was not very involved in “pharmacy” organizations, but I was very involved in other organizations. I think leadership roles, whether directly related to pharmacy or not, are vital in developing general skills and preparing you for pharmacy school!
What advice would you give a prospective students interested in pharmacy?
Research the field of pharmacy! I am a second year in pharmacy school and I am still discovering new ways that pharmacists are implemented. Pharmacists can do so much, and there are a million different types of jobs within the pharmacy realm. Keep an open mind, research your option, and talk to pharmacists about what they do and how they got there.
Why did you choose the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy?
UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy is simply a phenomenal school. One of the main aspects that stood out to me during Candidate’s day was how incredible the faculty are. I distinctly remember thinking, “I could go to UNC and learn directly from the author of the textbook, or I could go to another pharmacy school and learn from a textbook written by a UNC faculty member.” Plus, UNC Hospitals and other nearby hospitals are leading the field and have so much to offer us as students!
What’s been one of your favorite experiences at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy so far? (class, organization, rotation, etc)
I really enjoyed my rotation at Duke Hospital this past summer. For one month, I spent time at Duke Hospital learning from a huge variety of pharmacists. I spent 2-3 days in one area at a time, so it was a perfect opportunity for me to get to learn about the variety of activities that pharmacists can do.
What has been the most challenging part of pharmacy school?
Classes in pharmacy school are much more “dense” than classes in undergrad. Class moves at a faster pace, and each exam normally covers much more information than I was used to. I have had to learn to pay close attention and class in order to keep up with the vast amount of information that is presented.
What makes for a successful pharmacy student at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy?
Time management! I am constantly trying to budget my time appropriately. I consciously put in the effort to balance class time, studying, work, social activities, and sleep. All of these things are important, so it is vital that you keep an appropriate balance!
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