Everyone thinks that I am crazy because I have wanted to be a pharmacist since I was in the 5th grade, but I have.
Everyone wonders how I came up with that as a career that early in life. How does a 12-year-old want to become a pharmacist? Why would you want to count pills all day? How does that sound appealing?
The truth is, I didn’t make the decision by myself. Honestly, it has always felt like God was leading me in this direction my whole life. All of the pieces of the puzzle have consistently been falling into place.
I have always looked up to my cousin, Laura, who is an amazing pharmacist. Growing up, I saw how much she was able to help her patients. I saw the passion that she had for helping the community, and I wanted that. My dad was always reminding me how much my study habits and personality reminded him of Laura, and that was another reason I felt like I would be perfect for the job.
Some people go through pharmacy school because they know that pharmacists can make a 6-figure salary, but that was never it for me. I am truly passionate about being able to help patients become the healthiest that they can be.
My end goal is to own my own independent pharmacy where I will be able to treat patients how I see fit without the oversight from a corporation. I want to host educational classes for patients and their families to be able to learn about their disease and how to best manage it with lifestyle modifications, not just medication. I want to get patients to their healthiest while making sure they are on the appropriate therapies and they are able to get taken off of therapies that are not working for them or are unnecessary.
I am constantly told that this is a pipe dream and that independent pharmacies are going out of business, but I truly believe that once patients see how I’m willing to treat them, they’ll be excited to start their healthcare journey with me and my team.
I am willing to do whatever it takes to get to this goal because I know that God has called me to this career and to make the community a better place for everyone in it.
No matter how big or small your dream is, it will succeed if it is what you are truly called to do.
Never forget to dream and to shoot for the stars.