Meet Katie! She enjoys eating Snickers and hanging out with her dog, Bean, and loves the student body atmosphere at the School, and how supportive students are of each other.
Katie Woodworth, Class of 2019, Chapel Hill Campus
Hometown: Cary, NC
Prior Education: Bachelor’s degree, Wake Forest University
If they made a movie of your life, which actress would you cast to play you?
Hopefully Reese Witherspoon! I think she’s awesome and love just about every movie she’s been in. Maybe a play-off Legally Blonde but with pharmacy?
If you could have an endless supply of any one type of food, what would you choose?
Snickers – my all time favorite candy! All through college, I had a bucket of mini Snickers in my dorm room that was full at all times.
If you won a lottery ticket for $100 million dollars, what would you do with it?
Invest! Maybe a boring answer, but my dad’s in finance and has really hammered this in. Once I let the money grow a little bit, I’d pay for my education, buy a house and some fabulous jewelry, donate to a few charities, and save the rest for the future.
If you had one extra hour each day, how would you use it?
I would hang out with my dog, Bean. He’s a Westie and part-time Chapel Hill resident, and I love having him with me, but he can chase a tennis ball for HOURS and I never feel like I’m spending enough time with him.
How did you get interested in pharmacy?
When I started college, I knew I was going to be a chemistry major. So once I decided that, I had to start thinking about what I would do next. Pharmacy to me is the perfect blend of science and human interaction – I love being able to apply my biochemistry knowledge to impacting health outcomes for patients!
What advice would you give a prospective students interested in pharmacy?
Something that was really helpful to me was getting a bit of pharmacy experience before applying. I volunteered at my local health department, but getting a job as a technician or even shadowing would work as well. I think having some experience will help reaffirm that you actually want to become a pharmacist, and will prove helpful during the application and interview process as well.
Why did you choose the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy?
I chose UNC for two simple reasons. I wanted a top-quality program, and I love living in North Carolina. But the main selling point for me was the atmosphere of the student body. I have found our students to be a great community – they are social, supportive, and some of the most talented, hard-working people I know.
What has been the most challenging part of pharmacy school?
For me, the most challenging part of pharmacy school has been time management. I thought I had been busy before, but I was wrong! Between school, co-curriculars, and just daily life, you really have to be efficient. The flipped classroom model does require more time spent at home preparing for class, which isn’t something I was used to during my undergrad. The plus side, though, is that it makes studying for tests easier because you’ve already spent time teaching yourself the material.
What area of pharmacy is most interesting to you?
I’m currently considering a career in ambulatory care. This is an area of pharmacy that I think a lot of people don’t know about, but it’s a really cool way to get involved with a group of patients long-term and make a real impact with their care.
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