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School of Pharmacy|College of Health Sciences

Student Profiles

The University of Wyoming School of Pharmacy students featured below have graciously agreed to share some of their insights about why they chose the UW School of Pharmacy, their experiences as students, and future plans. Future students may benefit from these insights and advice from fellow students.

Jenna Allais, Pharm.D. Candidate, Class of 2014

"When I first started college I knew I was interested in the health science field, however, I was not sure which career path I wanted to choose. After exploring the different career opportunities in pharmacy and shadowing several pharmacists in the area, I decided that pharmacy was the career choice for me. I plan on applying for a PGY1 residency with hopes of becoming a clinical pharmacist. I would like to work in a diabetic clinic as well as become a Certified Diabetes Educator, which would enable me to incorporate my nutritional background into pharmacy practice."

Brandon Anderson, Pharm.D. Candidate, Class of 2015

"I wanted to be a pharmacist for as long as I can remember. I knew the profession of pharmacy was right for me when I first stepped foot into a pharmacy. I will never forget my first day in the pharmacy; it was an eight hour shift which seemed like it was only ten minutes. As I continued to work in the pharmacy during my undergrad years, it continued to solidify my being a pharmacist. I enjoyed having this role in the community; it seemed like I could make a positive difference in someone's day when they came into the pharmacy to fill their prescription."

Kali Autrey, Pharm.D. Candidate, Class of 2015

"I wanted to attend the School of Pharmacy because my brother, bosses, and other pharmacists who I have worked with are UW School of Pharmacy alumni. These people have been heroes in my life in various ways and portray the type of successful, well-rounded pharmacist I envision I would like to become."

Forrest Floyd, Pharm.D. Candidate, Class of 2015

"I was inspired to enroll in pharmacy school because of the outstanding pharmacists and mentors I met while working as a technician. I recognized that pharmacists are one of the most approachable, knowledgeable, and well-respected healthcare specialists in our world today. Personally, I have found providing valuable service and care to the community to be very humbling and satisfying."

Muriah Kayser, Pharm.D. Candidate, Class of 2016

"The University of Wyoming School of Pharmacy was my top choice because it offered small class sizes, successful NAPLEX scores, and a great group of pharmacy faculty and staff. I thought I could make a bigger difference in a rural community and having family in the same state was another advantage. I thought it would be a great opportunity to get to know family and for once, live in an area closer to than having to fly to them."

Meghan Kolf, Pharm.D. Candidate, Class of 2016

"My classmates have made a big difference in my pharmacy school experience. As a class, you spend a lot of time together and you start to work as a group to make sure everyone is successful. I have developed friendships that serve as one of my biggest support systems both inside and outside of school. Being involved in student organizations has allowed me to form friendships with older students who have been wonderful mentors and role models for me as I have progressed in the program."

Beryen Lai, Pharm.D. Candidate, Class of 2016

"I was born in Taiwan, but have lived in the U.S. my whole life. I was inspired to become a pharmacist as I wanted a career that was more fulfilling personally and allowed me to engage with like-minded individuals without just focusing on “the bottom line." I am currently an intern at Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs, which I do during my summer and winter breaks. I hope to work in hospital pharmacy when I graduate."

Lauren Landini, Pharm.D. Candidate, Class of 2015

"I was set on attending pharmacy school at UW because of the smaller class sizes and the small town feel. Another thing that drew me towards UW was that the people that I had worked with at the pharmacy in Casper were excellent pharmacists and had nothing but good things to say about their education at UW. I feel that the smaller the class size, the more intimate the learning experience is, and you create more of a connection with your professors."

Tracey Le, Pharm.D. Candidate, Class of 2014

"I think there are benefits of having a small class size when it comes to student organizations because when you’re involved, you make a difference in the organization and in healthcare. There are a lot of opportunities for leadership and teamwork, which is beneficial when applying for jobs or residencies after pharmacy school."

Megan Saunders, Pharm.D. Candidate, Class of 2014

"Getting involved in student activities and organizations is the single greatest way to meet new people! The pharmacy profession is SUCH a small world and my involvement has allowed me to not only meet new friends and mentors on campus, but regionally and nationally I have met people involved in sites I would love to work at or pursue a residency at in the future."

Quincy Shaw, Pharm.D. Candidate, Class of 2014

"My overall experience at the University of Wyoming School of Pharmacy has been exceptional. Upon graduation, I will be commissioned into the United States Army as a Captain. I will serve my four-year active duty obligation as an Army pharmacist. After I retire from the military, I would like to own and operate my own independent pharmacy."

Ashley Vigil, Pharm.D. Candidate, Class of 2015

"This is a great school. I have loved (or as much as you can love crazy finals weeks) every minute I have been here and wouldn’t change this experience for anything. I have received an education that I feel will serve me well as I go out on my rotations. Going through the curriculum and having the various clinical experiences has really solidified my desire to become a pharmacist."

Kendra Whalen, Pharm.D. Candidate, Class of 2014

"After looking into the pharmacy program at UW, I was really pleasantly surprised to find that it had an excellent reputation across the nation and was very well-respected for the success of its students. Pharmacy is a great profession. If you are interested at all in pharmacy, I would highly encourage you to check out UW’s program and come tour the campus. You will be able to see for yourself the unique opportunities UW has to offer."

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