Many students would find it nearly impossible but this second year Pharm-D candidate is able to handle a very demanding school schedule and work a part time job.
Abby Foster, a native of Opp, Alabama, received early acceptance into Auburn’s very own Harrison School of Pharmacy in late 2010. Never backing down from a challenge Foster was determined to succeed.
Throughout her life Foster faced many struggles. Such struggles include both of her parents losing their jobs, to relocating to a new city to fulfill her life long dreams. Foster has never been one to back down from a rigorous challenge.
Originally moving from a small town to a larger city like Auburn, Foster was faced with many new and different things. For once she had options as to what she wanted to accomplish with her life. For instance she always knew she wanted to pursue a career in which she would be able to help people in need. As a result, Foster chose pharmacy as a channel to accomplish her goal.
In order to achieve early admittance into the Harrison School of Pharmacy, one must work extremely hard. Pharmacy school is extremely competitive. One must have excellent grades and an outstanding GPA. Only then are some students accepted or added to the wait list.
When I interviewed Foster one of the questions I asked was what had she noticed were the differences between a first degree and a PhD. Foster replied: “A PhD is a doctorate in a particular profession. It means that you are an expert in the field that you have chosen to pursue. A first degree is just a general degree in the area you chose in which you are not really an expert per say just have some general knowledge”
Upon entry to pharmacy school, one is required to do an extremely intensive internship. This internship must include over 1800 documented hours. Many students like Foster choose local pharmacies surrounding the Auburn and Opelika area. Foster is currently a pharmacy intern at CVS in Opelika.
Since working in a pharmacy, Foster has learned many invaluable lessons and skills. When asked about what about her work skills has helped to make her more employable Foster replied, “I have been able to apply what I learned at school at work. I have been in many situations where my attitude could greatly affect the outcome of the patient’s attitude. The only way to really learn what you study is to use it in your daily life.
Foster works daily with other pharmacy staff members, which include techs, other interns and pharmacists. The somewhat chaotic environment surrounds the store, as it is the busiest pharmacy in Lee County. CVS in Opelika currently fills over a thousand prescriptions every day with a current customer clientele of over fifteen thousand people. When asked what is the most valuable skill Foster has learned since working at the pharmacy Foster instantly replied “Patience.”
However Foster’s favorite part about working at the pharmacy is the patient and pharmacist interactions.
When asked what about her current work and school experience has helped her to develop her employability skills Foster quickly replied, “I have been able to apply what I learned at school at work. I have been in many situations where my attitude could greatly affect the outcome of the patient’s attitude. The only way to really learn what you study is to use it in your daily life.”
Foster is not only a role model for upcoming pharmacy school candidates but also a force to be reckoned with. With a positive attitude Foster proves to us that anything is possible if you just believe
in yourself and keep your eye on the goal.
For those who are interested in more information about the Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy, please visit their website. Applications are currently being accepted for the fall of 2013.
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