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I Wanna Be…In Pharmacy

I rarely post about pharmacy here…I like to keep it more as an outlet for writing, reading, and my other shenanigans.  However, props must be paid from an article that recently came out from one of the pharmacy organizations I am part of – the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP).

In their quarterly publication about academic pharmacy–Academic Pharmacy Now–you’ll see a fascinating story on the cover about engaging the NEXT generation into the profession of pharmacy.  I was THRILLED to have Butler part of that story as well, because Butler’s student senior children’s book project from 2012, Pharmacy and Me, was part of that article.  But as I read, what I found more interesting overall, two items:

1. Pharmacy is high on interest right now as a profession – Yay! But…

2. I’m frightened to think about how much pressure the next generation of students have on themselves to quickly ascertain what they want to do for the rest. Of. Their. Lives!  (That sounds so…definite.)

I’m here to advocate for pharmacy, because I think it not only is a cool profession, yes, but more important, I think (now more than ever), there are a LOT of different things one can do with a pharmacy degree.  Like–write books.  Like–be an entrepreneur.  Like–help shape healthcare reform and policy.   Like–help people live longer, healthier lives.  Like–improve public health. But, choosing a college degree and a program that is time consuming and expensive is a LOT to decide so early in your life.  It’s a daunting task, and with colleges increasing costs so much, an expensive choice to make.

Look, if you’re a kid reading this post on some fluke, if you’re thinking of pharmacy as what you want to study in college–I say, go for it.  Just keep in mind that nothing is forever, and everything is how you make it.  WHATEVER degree you pursue, it’s still all up to you what you do with it.

So choose your own adventure, and keep an open mind. (And thanks in advance for your consideration of pharmacy.  It’s a good choice to consider.)

And thanks to AACP for giving Butler the shout out!



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