Anye Stevenson

Hometown: Philadelphia, PA

Name of Undergraduate Institution: Temple University

Major(s)/Minor(s) in CollegeMajor: Neuroscience; Minor: Chemistry

Name of Pharmacy School: Temple University School of Pharmacy

Favorite Quote: “Failure is not the opposite of success; it’s part of success.” – Arianna Huffington

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Where are you currently at in your career path and why did you decide to pursue this career path?

I'm currently a first-year pharmacy student (PY1). I decided to go to pharmacy school after gaining experience working for a community health care agency. Seeing firsthand how properly prescribed medication can affect one’s life piqued my interest in pursuing my PharmD. With regards to treatment, taking S.T.E.M classes taught me that, to properly discover medications, we must first understand the chemistry of our body’s natural compounds, their structures and properties. I found it fascinating that the research of drugs strongly relies on the correct diagnosis of a disease; and I want to be a part of the research/treatment process. I appreciate the many career options that come with a pharmacy degree; the opportunity to conduct research is one of the reasons, for which I chose to pursue a Doctor of Pharmacy.

If you could go back and have a chat with your naïve college freshman self, what would you tell her?

One piece I would give is don't be scared of change. So many people think because they're interested in a different career path they're giving up on themselves. This is not true! Don't let fear keep your away from finding your true passion.

What advice would you give to someone getting ready to start their application process to pharmacy schools?

Stay organized and start early on your application. Have your personal statement and recommendations ready because those two requirements can take the longest in my experience. Also do your research and find out what schools are best for you and apply early. The earlier you apply the more likely you are to get a scholarship.

What do you feel is the most challenging part of pharmacy school? The easiest part?

The most challenging part about pharmacy school is time management. You have to make a set schedule of when you're going to study and stick to it. The worst feeling is being overwhelmed when it could have all been avoided with better time management. The easiest part is that some classes are just for professional development and don't require any study time. This will give you more time to dedicate to core classes.

What do you do to get through the stressful nature of pharmacy school?

The three things that I do to get help with the stressful nature of pharmacy school is meditate, pray, and don't study after 5 on Fridays. Meditation and prayer is something I do every morning; it helps set my intentions for the day. I believe it’s a must to find time for yourself and do what every you want even its just relaxing. On Fridays after 5pm I destress by relaxing or maybe catching up with my friends.

Thank your for taking the time to share your words of wisdom and experiences with us Anye, we really appreciate it! I’m sure that your advice will ring true for many who read this and will encourage them to either start these good habits or reinforce the good habits that they have already established. Best of luck to you as you continue to achieve your goals in pharmacy school and beyond!

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Posted on April 19th, 2021

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