Your Personal Essay should address why you selected pharmacy as a career and how the Doctor of Pharmacy degree relates to your immediate and long-term professional goals. Describe how your personal, educational, and professional background will help you achieve your goals. The personal essay is an important part of your application for admission and provides you with an opportunity for you to clearly and effectively express your ideas.
My introduction to the idea of pharmacy as a career was the summer before my junior year of high school. I was enrolled in the Summer Enrichment in Math and Science Program. The program engaged students in rigorous academic courses and exposed them to different areas of the healthcare field. We were introduced to several healthcare professionals, including pharmacists, radiologists, and researchers. The most memorable experiences I had were the visits to the pharmacy.
My time at the camp encouraged me to take a pharmacy technician class the following school year. I was able to witness pharmacists practice in various settings, including hospital, independently owned and community health center pharmacies. Shadowing pharmacists allowed me to gain a better understanding of the profession. I was able to witness the compassion, knowledge and skills a pharmacist must have in order to be successful. I was inspired by the ability of a pharmacists to calm to nerves of a frantic mother, or help a patient feel confident in managing his or her own health.
As a result of my budding interest in pharmacy, I enrolled in college as a biology major. Unfortunately, the transition to college as a first generation college student was very difficult for me. I lack the necessary guidance and support to successfully navigate the new environment. Faced with working my first job and a demanding course load my grades suffered. I made...