I have selected pharmacy as my career because for as long as I can remember I have been fascinated by medicine. As a sensitive young woman who grew up in Vietnam until the age of twelve, my perspectives are colored by the scarcity of medicine available in Vietnam, especially as compared to the USA. I was aware that other children did not have the medicine that they needed while growing up in Vietnam. I was also aware of my own relative privilege and how it inspired me to use my own good fortune to help those less fortunate, giving something back to my community. Thus, Pharmacy was a natural choice.
I have long seen medicine as a sort of magic, bestowing upon us the power to heal. Thus, when reflecting upon what I would most like to do with my life, I chose to become a pharmacy professional. I am a highly motivated person who very much wants to attain a terminal degree in my chosen area. I am profoundly serious about my career and dedicated to my goal of becoming an exceptionally conscientious pharmacy professional. I find the greatest fulfillment in the provision of pharmaceutical care to patients.
I look forward to many long and highly productive years serving my community as a pharmacist, dispensing medication with the highest level of professional skill possible. I hope to someday open my own pharmacy although I also look forward to working as part of a team in a hospital. I have now been serving as a volunteer at an inpatient pharmacy at XXXX Hospital for more than a year. My duties at the pharmacy include primarily removing expired medicines from the shelves and delivering medicine to the nurses' stations. This position has helped me to understand the day-to-day activities of the professional pharmacist much better, inventory, technology, information flow, and dealing with clients. I have fallen in love with pharmacy.
Growing up in a poor country and being fortified by the immigration experience at 12 has helped me to become an independent, self-reliable, and highly resourceful person who has had no choice but to work very hard at a variety of jobs in order to support myself through school and college, I have persevered through a great deal of struggle, the language barrier, family problems; I am the only member of my family who speaks and writes English fluently. I worked extremely hard on both academic and personal levels because I am determined to become a successful professional who does not give up in the face of obstacles.
The greatest contribution that I might be able to make to society would be to become a highly trustworthy pharmacist. I feel that the best way to augment health is to prevent and cure illness through medication. I also look forward to someday helping to educate low-income, non-English speaking, patients concerning the importance of diet and exercise. If possible, I would like to organize a student-run organization that would spread this message by tabling in front of ethnic supermarkets, cultural festivals, Buddhist temples, mosques, or other gathering places in Vietnam.
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