Meet the Ambassador – Ryan Rodriguez

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Ryan Rodriguez, Class of 2020, Asheville Campus
Hometown: San Antonio, TX
Prior Education: Bachelor’s degree – Biology, Our Lady of the Lake University


If you could have any superhero power, what would it be and why?
The power of teleportation. I would love to be able to visit any place in the world regardless of distance. Traveling has always been a top item of my list of things to do.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
My top choice would be to Africa to go on a safari and explore different cultures.

What three words best describe you?
Caring, friendly, and eclectic

When you were younger – what did you want to be when you grew up?
Batman!


How did you get interested in pharmacy?
I got interested in pharmacy after hearing stories from a independent community pharmacist. He told us of a time that a patient of his was a gorilla at the local zoo. He was so enthused about pharmacy and I felt like some of that energy influenced me to strongly consider the pharmacy career.

What would you change about your undergraduate studies and/or preparing for pharmacy school?
I did not matriculate directly into the program because I was a bit unsure about what I wanted to do after graduating. I wish I could have found that motivation to attend pharmacy school earlier. However, those few years between graduating and starting school, I went through a time of self-discovery. I found that figuring out who I was and who I want to be has really confirmed the path that I have chosen to go down.

What experience/class/activity from undergrad best prepared you for pharmacy school?
Organic chemistry and physiology classes best prepared me for pharmacy school. I constantly reference material that I had went over in those classes.

What advice would you give a prospective students interested in pharmacy?
Be sure you know you want to go into pharmacy. The program is rigorous, but can be done. If you do decide to pursue pharmacy, then time management skills are crucial. Having excellent time management skills is a life long asset.

What advice would you give a prospective student trying to decide between pharmacy and another health profession?
This happened to me. I was debating about whether I wanted to go to pharmacy or medical school. It all comes down to what you want to do in your career. For me, I wanted to help as many people as possible and make a difference in the world. This pointed me to pharmacy because of the lack of red tape that is needed to help a person.


Why did you choose the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy?
I chose to attend this school because of the globally recognized program. I knew I was going to receive a top rate education.

What’s been one of your favorite experiences at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy so far?
The Asheville campus itself. The people here are amazing and always willing to help you.

What has been the most challenging part of pharmacy school?
Staying on top of all the material. It is really easy to fall behind. I have had to work on my time management skills to become successful here.

What makes for a successful pharmacy student at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy?
I firmly believe that anyone can be successful in this program. Some essential traits would be to never give up and to always keep trying.


Have more questions for Ryan? Feel free to send him an email: ryan0222@email.unc.edu

UC Davis Pre-Health Conference

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We will be attending the Pre-Health Conference Saturday, October 8, 2016, on the UC Davis campus. This is always a great event with 3,000+ students and over 70 pharmacy schools attending. If you’re planning to attend, please stop by our table and say hi!

Registration and more information about the event can be found here: http://prehealthconference.ucdavis.edu/index.html

 

 

Meet the Ambassador – Michelle Ton

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Michelle Ton, Class of 2020, Chapel Hill Campus
Hometown: Nokesville, VA
Prior Education: Bachelor’s degree – Biochemistry, Virginia Tech (Go Hokies!)


If you could have any superhero power, what would it be and why?
I would love to be able to teleport! I hate sitting in traffic and trying to find parking spots, so this would solve my problem and allow me to spend a few extra minutes in bed every morning.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
I would like to visit New Zealand but honestly, I’d be happy exploring anywhere!

When you were younger – what did you want to be when you grew up?
Tall


How did you get interested in pharmacy?
My initial interest in pharmacy stemmed from my interest in organic chemistry during undergrad. I then had an internship at a pharmaceutical company in which I worked with mice models of diabetes and inflammatory bowel disease, I was able to see the actual benefits of medication on the mice models and that sealed my interest!

What would you change about your undergraduate studies and/or preparing for pharmacy school?
I would go back and participate in more extracurricular activities to learn how to better balance work and play.

What advice would you give a prospective students interested in pharmacy?
Definitely explore your options in pharmacy! There are so many new jobs emerging in the field of pharmacy that have not become well-known yet. Exploring the different fields and making connections is very important in helping students, including myself, figure out what he/she/they want to do with their lives by process of elimination.

What advice would you give a prospective student trying to decide between pharmacy and another health profession?
Try your best to gain as much exposure to all the fields that interest you before you commit to anything. There is nothing wrong with taking a gap year, especially if it’ll make you a stronger student by affirming what you’re passionate about.


Why did you choose the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy?
The major reason I decided to go to UNC was the new curriculum that includes early exposure to patient interaction. The area around the school also had great opportunities to gain experience and exposure during rotations after the PY1 year. In most schools, I would have to wait until the summer after my second year to go on rotations in a hospital or community pharmacy. I am a hands-on learner and this early exposure would give me more practice and increase my confidence.

What area of pharmacy is most interesting to you?
I am very interested in becoming a clinical pharmacist. I enjoy the problem solving aspect of the job and the ability to work within an interdisciplinary team.


Have more questions for Michelle? Feel free to send her an email: mton2@email.unc.edu

Health Professions Week

Are you interested in learning more about careers in health professions, including pharmacy? Read more below to learn about Health Professions Week!

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Register now for the first annual Health Professions Week! HPW is an exciting, free, week-long event for students interested in learning more about careers in the health professions. If you are thinking about pursuing a career in healthcare, this is a great way to get exposure to 19 different health professions and hear directly from practitioners in these roles.

Over five days in September, through a series of online and in-person activities, HPW will offer you the opportunity to:

  •  Explore 19 diverse and rewarding health professions during two virtual fairs and an online treasure hunt;
  • Interview a variety of health professionals to learn about what their life is like in their chosen profession;
  • Engage with educators and health professionals near you at alocal community or campus event.

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @healthprofweek
Learn more at ExploreHealthCareers.org/HPW
Register at CareerEco.com/events/HPW 

Meet the Ambassador – Sarah Mislan

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Sarah Mislan, Class of 2020, Chapel Hill Campus
Hometown: Edwardsville, Illinois
Prior Education: Bachelor’s degree – Biology and Health Science , Truman State University


If you could have any superhero power, what would it be and why?
Teleportation so I could easily go visit my family and boyfriend in Missouri!

What three words best describe you?
Sarcastic, caring, and outgoing

When you were younger – what did you want to be when you grew up?
Until about 8th grade I was dead-set on being an astronaut! However, I get motion sickness from just car rides so I had to give up that dream.


How did you get interested in pharmacy?
While in high school I was a nanny for a family with three boys, and the oldest was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. I was responsible for giving his oral chemotherapy medication in the evenings. I began to google the medications he was receiving to research the side effects and benefits of taking the medications. The drug interactions and mechanisms of action of the medications were so fascinating to me, so I decided to pursue pharmacy!

What experience/class/activity from undergrad best prepared you for pharmacy school?
In undergrad I did research focused on maize genomics. During this time I conducted experiments, developed lab techniques, presented at conferences, and developed great professional relationships with faculty. While I learned a lot about maize genomics, the biggest take-away from doing research in undergrad was learning how to balance being a full time student while having other major commitments.

What advice would you give a prospective students interested in pharmacy?
Shadowing pharmacists in multiple professional settings, such as retail and various areas of hospital pharmacy, is a great idea for prospective students! It’s one thing to read about what pharmacists do, but it’s even better to see it in person and determine if you can see yourself doing those day to day responsibilities you saw while shadowing.


What’s been one of your favorite experiences at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy so far?
I have really enjoyed meeting my classmates! All of my classmates are amazing people that have similar goals and aspirations, which has allowed me to make great friends.

What area of pharmacy is most interesting to you?
I’m interested in two areas, oncology and pharmacogenetics.

What makes for a successful pharmacy student at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy?
Personally, I believe all UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy students should have a great planner that is carried with them at all times! Planning ahead is vital to success in pharmacy school. Additionally, being a motivated student leads to success. If you’re motivated to learn and work hard, success will follow.


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

Virtual Pharmacy School Fair

One of our favorite events every year is the AACP Virtual Pharmacy School Fair. Come chat with us (and other pharmacy schools) October 4 and 5! This is a great way to learn more about pharmacy schools and the admissions process, whether you’re just thinking about applying to pharmacy school or whether you’re in the process of applying. We – current students and staff – will be available and chatting both days. We look forward to chatting with you!

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Meet the Ambassador – Starr Barrier

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Starr Barrier, Class of 2020, Chapel Hill Campus
Hometown: Marion, NC
Prior Education: Bachelor’s degree – Mathematics , UNCW


If you could have any superhero power, what would it be and why?
Telepathy so i could always know what to expect and it would increase my intelligence.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
My top choice would be to Africa to go on a safari and explore different cultures.

What three words best describe you?
Loud, entertaining, lazy


What advice would you give a prospective students interested in pharmacy?
My advice would be to identify your strengths and weaknesses, especially through an application standpoint. We all have weaknesses, and most pharmacy schools look at you as a whole person instead of one or two particular things, but it’s beneficial for you to know what strengthens you as a person so you can showcase those things to compensate for the areas that aren’t so great.

What advice would you give a prospective student trying to decide between pharmacy and another health profession?
I would advise you to really give consideration about that profession and if it’s something you would be comfortable doing that particular thing for the rest of your life. What’s so great about pharmacy is that if there’s an area that doesn’t interest you the profession is so broad that throughout your career your position can always change, while being a doctor you’re pretty much stuck with same pathway. This is great if that’s something you love, but if you like to evolve and do different things like me, pharmacy is the profession for you.


Why did you choose the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy?
I chose UNC because i was really intrigued by the new curriculum and saw the benefits of it for my education. I think this change really made the transition to this program a lot easier on me, and made me more prepared for the future.

What has been the most challenging part of pharmacy school?
Time management is the key to success. The balance of school work, organizations and a social life has been the most difficult but in the end it just takes practice.


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

Visit the School this fall

We have several events coming up at the School this semester – at both our Asheville and Chapel Hill campuses! Our events are a great opportunity for you to learn more about pharmacy as a career, about our program and students, and about the admissions process. You will be able to interact with staff and current students and take a tour of the School. We hope you will be able to join us!

Sign up for a Pharmacy Friday or Open House here.