HCOP helped me fully delve into my intended career path of pharmacy.
My family and I moved to the U.S. from Somalia, which was experiencing civil war. As immigrants, we had to adjust to a new culture and overcome many adversities. Ever since I was a child, I knew I wanted to work in the medical field. My parents always stressed that it is a field where you are highly respected and able to make a difference. I soon realized becoming a pharmacist would help me achieve that.
The Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP) helped me fully understand the pharmacy field. They connected me with pharmacy students and professors, as well as helped me prepare for the Pharmacy College Admission Test. As a result, I was able to score well enough on my test to meet the admission requirements for the DYC School of Pharmacy. Through HCOP's workshops I learned that a career in the health field is full of exciting opportunities because it is ever expanding and extremely rewarding. The rewards go beyond the pay scale, as one is able to help patients recover from injuries, trauma, and even save their lives.
I've learned that students pursuing such careers need to be determined individuals. The future looks extremely bright for all healthcare fields because with the changes occurring in people, new innovations and inventions being announced, new illness and diseases being discovered, and more information coming out about old diseases, one can really make a mark in his or her respective field.
As a first-generation American, I am determined to complete college and become a pharmacist. My time in the U.S. has taught me that it is possible to overcome hardships to achieve your dreams and that hard work really pays off.
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