Flexibility is what drew University of Texas pharmacy student Lindsey Groff to the field. In fact, she chose pharmacy over the other healthcare professions due to the flexible work hours, diversity of practice sites and her passion for chemistry. Read her story below.
When did you know you wanted to be a pharmacist?
I was attracted to pharmacy the first day I stepped into a pharmacy as a cashier in high school. It was then I knew that I had found a profession that I would truly enjoy. To solidify pharmacy as my ideal profession, I acquired my pharmacy technician license and began working more regularly in a pharmacy. I was fortunate to train under a fantastic pharmacist.
What type of pharmacist do you aspire to be?
I aspire to be a clinical pharmacist in a hospital that guides pharmacy students.
How did you go about deciding what pharmacy school was right for you?
I selected my pharmacy program based on the rigor of the program, respect of the program, the huge alumni network and location relative to family.
Do you have any mentors? How did they help?
The first pharmacist I worked for pushed me toward the idea of pursuing pharmacy school as early as high school. Currently, I have several mentors who help shape me personally and professionally for the profession. I am fortunate to be surrounded by great mentors at my college of pharmacy. If I can give a word of advice, it would be to find a mentor who truly wants to invest in you and your future. Mentorship is invaluable in pharmacy. You will hear this often but pharmacy is a small world.
What do you love most about pharmacy school?
I love that I am able to think outside of the box in solving patient cases in a safe environment. Often, there is more than one option in solving complex problems.
Are you able to collaborate with your pharmacy peers? How?
Yes, I collaborate with my pharmacy peers frequently in lab, class and organizations. Often, your classmates are your shoulder to cry on and your biggest cheerleaders.
When you’re not studying, what do you do for fun?
I love to be outdoors, ideally hiking or fishing.
What was the best advice someone gave you in high school?
Do not settle short of your dreams. I still hold true to this statement today.
What advice would you give a high schooler, as it pertains to pursuing a career in pharmacy?
Pharmacy is a growing profession with endless possibilities! Consider giving pharmacy a chance by shadowing at your local pharmacy or speaking with a pharmacist near you to gain insight on the profession. I am thrilled for the future of pharmacy.