Small Class Size
Pharm.D. Candidate, Class of 2014
I came directly from high school to the University of Wyoming pre-pharmacy program and was accepted to the School of Pharmacy.
What inspired you to become a pharmacist?
My mom always wanted me to be a pharmacist and after working in a pharmacy during high school, I really fell in love with the profession. It encompassed all of my academic strengths. I also had really good role models for the possibilities pharmacists had in influencing health outcomes of their patients.
Why did you want to attend the UW School of Pharmacy?
As a third generation UW student, it was important to keep the tradition established by my grandfather. 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.
Through my involvement in the UW chapter of the National Community Pharmacists Association, I have been able to document and evaluate medications being disposed by the community. This allows the health sciences to better understand their patients through their medication habits. It also establishes waste trends in medicine, which can be extrapolated to economic waste in the pharmacy.
Participation in student activities and organizations gives students the unique opportunity to become engaged in their profession before graduation. It opens doors through getting to meet future colleagues, offering different training and various travel opportunities. Additionally, students can get hands-on training, which is highly appreciated and valued by future employers. Organizations and activities also enable the student to create better friendships and truly make the educational experience richer.
Comments about the School:
The small class size is great, because you feel like you are part of a team. It’s easy to form study groups and make friends, because you are able to get to know your classmates. The small class size also helps to get to know your professors, who are always there to help you. They are really devoted to their students, and with such small classes, they are very accessible to their students. There is a sense that everyone wants to see you succeed and be a really great pharmacist.
Experiences while at UW and the School of Pharmacy:
It has been great to be at UW. My favorite experiences are with the many great friends I’ve made here: going to football and basketball games, getting to play intramural sports and just having a good time. There have been a lot of professional experiences that I view as completely wonderful, like participating and helping to organize the annual Health Fair or the Interdisciplinary Challenge. These experiences have helped me prepare to be a really great pharmacist and health care provider. It encourages me to keep doing my best and reminds me why I want to be a pharmacist.
What would you have liked to know from a student’s perspective before you applied to pharmacy school?
Everyone tells you that college is so different from high school, but no one really told me how different a graduate program would be from undergraduate academics. A pharmacy program is pretty unique in that you have the potential to go into after only two or three years in undergraduate work, and the step up can be a big adjustment. It’s absolutely doable, but it pushes you, and you have to step up if you are to succeed.
Advice for prospective students considering the UW School of Pharmacy:
Pharmacy is a great profession. If you’re 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.
Comments about life in Laramie and the Rocky Mountain area:
This area is perfect if you enjoy the outdoors. The Vedauwoo area and Curt Gowdy State Park are absolutely beautiful for hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, anything. Colorado is also really close, and has a ton of options for activities and fun for whatever your interests are.
After graduation, I would like to pursue a residency to get more work experience and further my education. Ideally, I would love to work in an ambulatory setting, where I can work on a deeper level with my patients and get to see them achieve their health outcomes and a better quality of life.