Pharmacy Essays Sample

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I have always had a great interest in Science and Mathematics because of the impacts that both of these have on our daily lives. I have become fascinated by Pharmacy as a career because it brings together Chemistry and Maths and directly effects on the lives of people in the community...

Pharmacy Personal Statement

" Who so ever kills a human being it shall be as if he has killed all mankind, and who so ever saves the life of one, it shall be as if he had saved all mankind"(Qu'ran;Al Ma'dah:32). I believe Pharmacy relates to this quote from the Qu'ran as it is an area of science which uses the scientific knowledge of how a variety of chemicals work together to manipulate the bodies components while simultaneously contributing to an individuals well being...

I enjoy studying science because it is a subject that encompasses so much of life's issues and practicalities, and a subject that can be applied and made useful to everyday life. Biological science is fascinating but it is even more exciting when studying abnormal function in medical science, from the facts in pathology to the application in pharmacology...

Biochemistry and Pharmacy Personal Statement

I have chosen to study biochemistry or pharmacy at university because I have enjoyed studying biology and chemistry at college at A-level, and I am keen to proceed with them to a more advanced level. I think doing either of these is the most suitable option...

Pharmacy Personal Statement

The enthusiasm I have for the sciences - specifically Chemistry - encouraged me to think about my future career and how a chemistry-related degree could be a possibility for me. I have always enjoyed maths and science throughout my education and I have recognised that I can combine both in a career in pharmacy...

Accounting & Pharmacy Personal Statement

From an early age I developed an strong interest in to the world of business and finance. My dad ran several family businesses and I spent most of my time around him in this business environment. One thing that attracted me to business related courses is that accounting and finance is the backbone to every successful business, without proper account keeping and finance it is almost impossible for any type of business to survive especially in the economic crisis that surrounds us today...

Pharmacology Personal Statement

I am of Haitian descent and my country is one known for its harsh living conditions. There is a constant struggle for survival and poverty is an endemic burden. Despite numerous advances in technology, Haiti has remained the least-developed country in the Western Hemisphere...

Pharmacy Personal Statement

My decision to pursue pharmacy as a career started with my first job. I got hired at a retail store shortly after my 18th birthday, and one month later was hired as a cashier in the pharmacy. This start in pharmacy was completely unplanned, but overly welcome to me at 18 with no plans for the future...

Pharmacology and Human Sciences Personal Statement

From the race to find a vaccine for the H1N1 virus to the almost daily reports of breakthroughs in the field of cancer research, science has always fascinated me.On a more personal note, my interest has largely stemmed from school, work experiences, and science in the news...

Postgraduate Pharmacy Personal Statement

I am interested in the Masters of Pharmacy (MPharm) Programme because I am interested in the modules on which it is based. I want to do the MPharm programme so as to extend my knowledge in Medicines. I would like to get a deeper understanding of how to formulate and administer drugs safely...

Pharmacy Personal Statement

My true passion lies in helping others in a safe and effective way with the use of innovative pharmaceutical medicines. I have become inspired by my personal ambition of becoming a Pharmacist as I aspire to improve people’s daily lives...

Pharmacy Personal Statement

Having grown up with parents that were both involved in medicine and pharmaceuticals, I developed a deep interest in their work and the effects it had on their patients and customers respectively. Seeing them at work, and witnessing the help they gave to sick people to regain their health or cope with pain, made me decide that I wanted to be part of this fascinating profession...

Pharmacy Personal Statement

The course of the medical world has been phenomenally changed by the discovery of Penicillin, one of the most effective life-saving drugs. Such advances intrigue me to learn about the formation of drugs, how they produce an effect in the body and their correct usage on people...

Pharmacy Personal Statement

I would like to study pharmacy as I wish to play a part in providing medical assistance to the general public, but in also understanding how this process occurs. My enthusiasm in science highly interests me into learning about the production of drugs and their functions on the body...

Pharmacy Personal Statement

Invariably, the hardest lessons we learn are the most valuable lessons we learn. Over the past 5 years – as I’ve stood by my mother’s side during her battle with cervical cancer – I’ve learned there’s nothing more important than family...

Pharmacy Personal Statement

Pharmacy might just seem like "counting pills" but, when you look deeper into the field, it is inevitable that this is a career devoted to the service of others. A pharmacist holds a pivotal role in the healthcare team; using expert knowledge of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics to advise patients and other healthcare professionals on drugs and interactions...

Pharmacy Personal Statement

I am interested in studying chemistry and biology because I would like a career that plays crucial role in public’s health. Pharmacy degree will provide me the opportunity to work with patients and help them with their illnesses and queries...

Pharmacy Personal Statement

Pharmacy has the ability to change people’s lives. Whether it is at the level of the community pharmacist offering the best advice possible to common illnesses, to high-level research into drugs that could cure a range of chronic or life-threatening diseases, the role of the pharmacist cannot be overestimated...

Although you spend hours, even weeks, composing your pharmacy school personal statement,  the admissions committee members only review it for a period of 3 to 10 minutes. This is why it is vital to make an impact right from the start. Your personal statement is like a first impression, although your personal achievements and grades are also taken into consideration. Remember, you only get one shot to make an inspiring first impression. The committee needs to see that you stand out from the rest of the pharmacist wannabes. Find out how to write a personal statement that will assure your placement in pharmacy school.

Understand Why the Personal Statement is Important

Over 50% of pharmacy school applicants do not get accepted into the programs of their choice. Most of these applicants have excellent scores on entrance exams, as well as an admirable undergraduate grade point average. However, grades are not all there is to the application process.  Recommendations from professors and practicing pharmacists play a large part in the overall picture. In the end, however, it is the personal statement that makes you or breaks you. Pharmacy school admission committee members do not want to fill precious spots with mediocre candidates. Instead, they want to place candidates that will excel in this profession, and that success involves perseverance and dedication.

Consider Your Reason to Attend

Although those who major in one of the physical sciences have an equal chance of acceptance when compared with “pre-pharmacy” students, pharmacy schools want to see evidence of a real interest in pharmaceuticals and the practice of the profession. A real interest is often due to a real interest in people, as pharmacists are in positions to education and influence patients. There is always the consideration of job security, but no one really goes to pharmacy school these days to become rich. There are easier ways to do that, like the entertainment industry or business administration. Make sure your reason for attending is the right reason.

Convey What Led You to Pursue Pharmacy

Before you start writing your personal statement, understand that you are conveying to your audience why a pharmacy career is your life’s pursuit. This significant question should provoke you to make notes of every single reason that pops in your head. Often, the decision to pursue pharmacy is due to a combination of things, and your essay can show these unique factors. Your personal statement creates an impact if you explain the multiple factors fully, emphasizing exact life experiences and incidents that brought you here. You want the reader to have total comprehension of these factors.

Make Sure You Want to Do This

If you do not know what led you to pursue pharmacy, or you find that studying pharmaceuticals is not that captivating, you should stop here.  Pharmacy school, along with post-graduate courses, is a laborious path, and if you are applying to this program just to please your parents or to deal with some external pressure, you will find yourself unhappy later down the road. Make sure your choice to attend is your own and not the decision of someone else. Hopefully, after reading this far, you now acknowledge the upsides and the downsides of this profession.

Ask Yourself These Questions Before you Begin

There are a few questions you need to answer before you compose your personal statement. These questions will give insight about your personal choices and decisions. Some questions to ask include:

 

–          Why pharmacy?

–          Why a pharmacist and not a medical doctor?

–          What inspires me to work toward this difficult goal?

–          What experiences have prepared me for a career focused upon helping others?

–          What experiences have I had that will allow me to put my patients first?

–          Who is my role model as a pharmacist and what qualities in him or her do I admire?

–          Who is my role model in life in general, and why do I look up to that person?

–          What people do I admire, and what qualities do they share with me?

–          Why do I stand out as a candidate?

 

Do’s

  • Do start early – Be sure you begin writing a month or so before you plan to submit your application. You don’t want to be pressed for time. Whatever you do, don’t rush!
  • Do use proper grammar and punctuation – You may want to brush up on the basics of writing to gain knowledge of correct use of the English language.  You don’t want to turn in a statement that is full of grammatical errors and punctuation mistakes.
  • Do structure it correctly –You should format your personal statement in a way that catches your reader’s attention immediately. How can you capture their interest in your first paragraph? This may be your only opportunity.
  • Do allow your reader know who you are –If this means revealing personal stories or emotions, then don’t be afraid to do so. The personal statement is your monologue to the admission committee. Tell them who you are and what you are all about.
  • Do show your commitment –You know how difficult the path is that lies ahead. The admissions committee needs to know that you realize years of struggles are ahead, with the actual practice of pharmacy being your only reward. This unique profession is reserved for people who are committed to excellence. Let the committee know that you realize the path ahead is sometimes demanding and toilsome, but also let them know that pharmacy will be rewarding for you. If you find this not to be true, reconsider your application.
  • Do relate to your reader –Take innovative life experiences and relate them to how you hope to progress in this profession, and your reasons for doing so. Many pre-pharmacy students tend to do certain activities, either volunteering at a pharmacy or working in the local hospital during the summers. Perhaps you even shadowed a pharmacist during your college career. While that is admiral, don’t talk in simplifications about your experience. Pick one unique story, and tell it well.
  • Do organize your essay –Introduce yourself in the first paragraph, and decide what theme (or themes) you plan to cover. Cover each topic concisely, and conclude each theme paragraph with a strong conclusion. Your statement should flow easily from topic to topic. Your ending should tie the entire essay together, and do so in a smooth manner. If you are unable to summarize, you may have included too much content and should refocus on a few main ideas.
  • Do proofread –Five times is not too much. Read through the statement a couple of times for content and structure. Have friends and family read your essay, and ask them to offer comments. Have your college English professor, or someone who is knowledgeable about writing, review it for grammar and punctuation. Before you send your statement to the admissions committee, look at your use of the English language. This sounds easy enough, I know, but remember, inadequate proofreading can be disastrous.

 

Don’ts

  • Don’t regurgitate your transcript – Remember, they have already looked at it. Also, they can look at it again at any time.
  • Don’t stray from your topic – Be specific, concise, and direct. You have a subject in mind, so don’t stray from telling your story precisely.
  • Don’t add filler and unnecessary information –You may feel that you need to add content to your statement to make it appear longer. This is what writers call “filler”. So, when you are tempted to add filler – DON’T.
  • Don’t rush – Give yourself several months, and revisit your essay after completion. Put it in your drawer, and read it again a week or so, when you are rested and have a block of time to sit down and relax while reading it. Then, read it as though you are learning about someone else, and judge the essay from that viewpoint. Are you interested in getting to know the person who wrote this? If not, start again.
  • Don’t include academic successes that do not pertain to pharmacy – If you have achieved some unusual academic success that is relevant to your aptitude and desire to attend pharmacy school, be sure to include that. However, if you won the fifth grade spelling bee, by all means, leave that out.
  • Don’t embellish or use others’ work – Avoid hyperbole or plagiarism. The admissions committee members can see through this, and they always put your essay through a plagiarism program to check for use of others’ work.
  • Don’t talk about controversial topics – The personal statement is no place for topics that are of questionable nature. You do not want to alienate someone who has a different perspective than you.
  • Don’t discuss emotional experiences – If you relate an emotional experience, assure that you do so in a professional manner.  Also, if you do not feel that you can rehash this during your interview, don’t write about that experience.
  • Don’t make excuses for anything – Committee statement reviewers will not be impressed with your excuses, as your excuses do not excuse you.
  • Don’t apologize for past mistakes or underachievement – The personal statement is your chance to shine and present your positive aspects. Don’t make the mistake of appearing regretful.
  • Don’t use clichés – The reader will view this as a poor attempt to appear entertaining. Clichés are so cliché.
  • Don’t talk about money – If that’s why you are entering the pharmaceutical profession, realize that this will make you look bad overall. Pharmacy is not that lucrative, and that should not be the reason for your quest for entry into this line of work.
  • Don’t underestimate or overestimate the pharmaceutical profession– Pharmacy is stressful. Dealing with patients is frustrating. A pharmacist is NOT a doctor. The leaders in this field pride themselves on discipline, dedication, ability, and humanity. Don’t go into pharmacy looking for an easy career – you will be in for a real shock!

 

Now that you understand the components and steps to writing an effective personal statement, you should have no trouble getting into pharmacy school. As always, the pharmacy profession is prestigious and honorable – those with a poor work ethic need not apply. Good luck as you embark upon this new endeavor!

 

References

 

American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, 2013. Derived from http://www.aacp.org/resources/student/pharmacyforyou/admissions/Pages/default.aspx

Pharmacy School Admissions – The Truth, 2013. Derived from http://pharmacyschooladmissions.blogspot.com/2009/07/personal-statement-words-of-advice-part.html

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