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Individuals often claim that their interest in a certain field began at a specific age; that is not the case for me. I was about 4 years old when my father contracted malaria during his trip to Nigeria, and at the same time, he found out that he had type II diabetes. As I grew older, my father having diabetes catalyzed my interest in pharmacy. As a young 9-year-old child, I remember frequently browsing my parents’ bookshelf in their room, in search of something that piqued my interest; the generic children’s books I was reading were simply not enough. Eventually, I stumbled upon one of my mother’s medical encyclopedias, and I must say that, as a child, I was astounded and confused at the same time. However, I continued to read because…show more content…
My academic career has helped me analyze, understand, listen more, and to better express myself; it has also helped me to realize my strengths, improve my weaknesses, and learn from my failures. On another note, during this recent summer, I was given the opportunity to shadow a pharmacist in Tanner Medical Center, and it is difficult to express how much that experience meant to me. I thought that I would just learn what clinical pharmacists do and the role they play in a hospital, but I was mistaken. I learned that it takes a team of driven healthcare professionals to bring about the best methods to improve a current patient’s health, and I witnessed firsthand that being entrusted with the life of an individual is not for the faint of heart. A great deal of pressure comes when an individual is entrusted with the life and health of an individual, especially in dire situations, and one must be properly equipped to handle any situation that they are given. It caused me to wonder if I had what it took to be charged with handling the life of an individual and to keep their trust. While shadowing the pharmacist, I realized that a being a pharmacist is more than just dispensing and having knowledge on medications. I learned that being a pharmacist means that not only do you care for the health of others, you care about their life in its entirety. I realized that what makes an impactful pharmacist is not just about how
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