Why did you choose to attend UK for pharmacy school?
I knew UK had a good reputation and a great track record for the NAPLEX. I was interested in learning more about the clinical aspects of pharmacy and thought that the proximity to the medical center would be an asset.
What benefits/opportunities do you feel you’ve gotten from attending UK that you maybe wouldn’t have had if you’d gone elsewhere?
UK has a very established presence of professional organizations which allows students to become active in a variety of student chapters. This also provides many leadership opportunities, which I took advantage of by running for president of the UK Chapter of the National Community Pharmacists Association.
Did you work or volunteer in a pharmacy before enrolling at UKCOP or do you work now? If so, what type of setting?
I worked at a retail chain pharmacy for two years while working on my pre-pharmacy coursework. I decided not to work while in pharmacy school in order to allow myself more flexibility to pursue the extracurricular experiences that will only be available to me while I’m a student.
Why did you decide to go back to school? What was the transition back into student life like?
After high school, I was torn between pursuing an artistic career or something in the medical field. I worked as a hairstylist for several years and knew that I wanted to return to school at some point. When the time was right, the transition wasn’t that difficult because I knew exactly what I wanted to do.
Emily’s Words of Wisdom
Try to find out what area of pharmacy practice each program is the strongest in and try to align that with what you think your interests are. If you want to pursue clinical pharmacy, find out which schools produce the most residents after graduation. If you’d like to do research as a pharmacist, focus on programs that offer the most opportunities to pursue this avenue during pharmacy school. If independent community pharmacy is your goal, a program with an emphasis in developing business skills might best suit your needs. Some programs offer a little of all of these things, but some will emphasize one area over others.
Are there any areas of pharmacy that you’ve learned about thus far in your career that you are interested in pursuing?
Although my experience prior to starting pharmacy school was in retail pharmacy, I have decided to pursue a clinical residency after graduation. I had a great experience during my first hospital rotation which helped me decide that this area would be a good fit for me.