The pursuit of one’s goals and dreams are journeys that oftentimes take a lifetime to accomplish. There are those who reach the end of their lives not accomplishing what they wanted to do because they were either too intimidated by the prospect of even embarking on such a quest or they did not have the right opportunities in life. I have been working for a number of years and during that time I have had plenty of time to see my career develop as my life passed by.
Yet, there comes a certain point in one’s life when one must make a firm decision, a commitment to something much more than one’s own personal goals. Oftentimes, this means sacrificing one for the other. There are those, however, who are lucky enough to have their own personal goals and that pursuit for higher objectives converge. For me, this is the pursuit of a career in Pharmacy. Probably one of the main reasons why I am keen on pursuing a Degree in Pharmacy degree is because of my lifelong passion for helping out people.
I vividly remember the first time I entered a Pharmacy. Mr Smith, an old man who managed the Pharmacy at the corner of where I grew up as a child, had brought me to where he worked. He told me that it was like a candy store except that it was for grownups and that it also made people happy. The moment he opened those doors and ushered me into the Pharmacy I was dumbfounded. Never had I seen so many colorful bottles and pills in orange plastic cylinders that looked no bigger than a tic-tac. If Mr Smith hadn’t told me that they were not candy I swear I could have eaten them all.
The most amazing thing about that experience however was not how wonderful the store seemed to me back then as a child but the fact that every person who walked into that Pharmacy that day seemed to know Mr Smith by name while Mr Smith knew them by heart. He knew their families, their ailments, their refills and prescriptions. He could even tell you from the handwriting alone which doctor had written out the prescription. This was a man of character and man who lived his life to help others. It was never a glamorous job yet that day, Mr Smith was a star.
It was this passion that Mr Smith had for helping people and giving them the medicines that they needed that first got me thinking about pursuing a Doctor of Pharmacy degree. I realize however that pursuing a childhood dream or reliving out a wonderful childhood experience does not exactly show why I believe that this is the best course for me to take at this point in my life. This anecdote however has a purpose because it is this passion which has kept me going in life and is helping me not only live out my own goal but my parent’s dream as well.
In the long run I anticipate that a Doctor of Pharmacy degree will someday allow me to have my own Pharmacy, much like Mr Smith. Not a shopkeeper as most Pharmacists nowadays are regarded as but as a certified Doctor of Pharmacy who owns his own small business. I would be lying if I said that the money that I can earn in this profession does not interest me in the slightest bit. I too have come to love consumerist America and all the creature comforts that it promises to those who can afford them.
While I have no intention of becoming a Wallgreen’s, I do wish for a comfortable life for myself and my family. To be able to provide for my family and to ensure that my children will also have the same opportunities to succeed in life as I have by getting a good education at not only the college level but a Doctorate degree as well in their chosen professions. While I personally believe that “there is no such thing as a free lunch” and that everything a person has in life must come from hard work and perseverance, I also believe in charity.
I believe in helping others who do not have much in life. I believe in helping people regardless of their nation, race or creed. I believe in being a better person so I can best help myself and others around me. I believe that this academic environment is the best place for me to turn these beliefs into realities. I am fully aware of the significance of being considered for acceptance, and I am sincerely grateful for your time and consideration of my application.