Meet the Ambassador – Ryan Rodriguez


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?

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.

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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!