"The small class sizes really allow you to ask the questions you may have without feeling intimidated, form those relationships with your professors, and meet everyone in your class on a more personal level. Everyone in our class works together to succeed together."
Small class sizes
Pharm.D. Candidate, Class of 2016
What is your hometown:
Background and education:
After graduating from a small private high school in Hawaii, I attended UW for my first two years of Undergraduate. I chose to forgo an undergraduate degree and go directly into the Professional Pharmacy Program. I always knew I wanted to be a pharmacist, so as a freshman at UW, the classes I took focused my studies to the goal I had at hand. My great-grandfather was a pharmacist in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and although I never met him, I was told that he would be proud of my career path.
In Oahu, I grew up in an urban area with one million people on the whole island. Coming to UW was quite a shock considering I was familiar with busy towns, beaches, and warm weather (never below 60 degrees). I traded island life for a much smaller community in Laramie. The change was initially hard, but after I realized I was swapping the shorts for snow gear, the experience greatly improved.
Why do you want to be a pharmacist?
I want to be a pharmacist because I want to pass the knowledge I have on to others and maximize patient care. I want to work within the healthcare system to improve pharmacist interaction with patients and fellow healthcare professionals. I also want to make sure that patients receive the best care, not only from their physicians, but also from their pharmacists.
Why did you choose to apply to the University of Wyoming School of Pharmacy?
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.
How would you describe the School to prospective students? What advice can you give to incoming students?
Small class sizes, professors who are interested in seeing you succeed, professional relationships among the professors and students, phenomenal education, countless opportunities to join student organizations, and classmates who are more interested in helping each other rather than competing with one another. I have made friends for life and can rely on them for advice in the future.Having this opportunity doesn’t come everyday, so being able to manage your time wisely and get the help you need is crucial. The professors are there to help and never feel like your question is not worth asking. Every professor lets you know that no question is a stupid question and that the likelihood that someone else had that same question was quite probable.
What has helped you the most to get where you are and to be successful in school?
Growing up, I was always driven to work hard and strive for the best. I made sure to talk with my teachers, ask questions, and not procrastinate. Getting into pharmacy school and continuing in the program really takes hard work and dedication to your studies. Procrastination and lack of time management were not part of my vocabulary, and by avoiding those habits, I have continued to strive in the program.
How has the small class size enhanced your education?
The small class sizes really allow you to ask the questions you may have without feeling intimidated, form those relationships with your professors, and meet everyone in your class on a more personal level. Everyone in our class works together to succeed together.
How have your classmates made a difference in your pharmacy school experience?
Our class is tight knit and everyone is concerned about each other’s success. The help and support of classmates really help each member to flourish and reach their utmost potential.
What honors and awards have you received? Are there other accomplishments you would like to share?
Dean’s List (Spring & Fall 2013)
Figure Skating – USFS Senior Gold Medalist in Moves in the Field & Freeskate
What are your goals for the future following graduation?
I plan to either go into a residency or out into the work force. I am not sure if I want to do community or go on and be more of a clinical pharmacist, but I really enjoy patient interaction and want to make sure that I chose a job that allows me to interact with patients.
Figure skating and work experience:
I grew up figure skating at the Ice Palace in Honolulu, Hawaii, and completed my United States Figure Skating tests at age 16. I successfully passed my Senior Gold Moves in the Field and Freeskate tests before graduating high school. After years of volunteering with the Learn-to-Skate classes, I moved to Laramie and started coaching at the Ice and Events Center. After numerous years in the town, I now have 20 students and teach each student one to two lessons a week for 30-minute increments.
Managing my time with school and teaching is sometimes difficult, but maintaining a “life” outside of pharmacy is necessary. Studying is very important and maintaining some time for yourself is just as important. Skating is what defines me and I want to continue both, pharmacy and coaching, in the future. I will work towards balancing my professional career with my passion for skating.