Jeffery Seals is a current PY2 (Class of 2021) and a class president for 2018-2019 year attending the Chapel Hill Campus. Jeffery is from Bedford, VA, and he completed his undergraduate in Microbiology and Biological Sciences at Virginia Tech. Jeffery enjoys watching Food Network, hiking, cuddling animals, Cookout, and traveling. For today’s student feature, Sit with Senate’s Jisun Ban interviewed Jeffery (and his puppy) for your student spotlight feature.
Sit with Senate: How has your perspective on the profession of pharmacy changed since joining the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy community?
Jeffery Seals: Before joining the ESOP community, I had only experienced the world of retail pharmacy. I knew there were more options for pharmacists than working in one of these settings; however, I did not understand or appreciate the ever advancing and broad scope of the pharmacy profession.
SwS: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received?
JS:The best piece of advice I have received would be to “Be kind to one another.” Who, might you ask, said these words? None other than Ellen DeGeneres. These five words, simple in meaning, when taken to heart and used as a template for your life, have the potential to make the world a better place and bring us all together.
SwS: Who is your favorite professor at ESOP, and why?
JS: All of our professors at ESOP have been amazing in their own way and have worked tirelessly to provide each of us an unrivaled, world class education. I honestly don’t know if I could choose a “favorite.”
SwS: How have you evolved as a student since you started pharmacy school?
JS: Since entering pharmacy school in August, I have stopped studying to get a certain grade, and focused more on studying to learn the material. I feel that while grades are important, it is more important to be able to internalize and apply the material we are learning to a patient, and not just a test question or assignment.
SwS: In your opinion, what is a trait of a strong leader?
JS: A trait of a strong leader is to be someone who people feel comfortable coming to, confiding in, and trusting to listen to them. If a leader is not able to connect with those who they are representing, then they cannot truly understand what is best for them.
SwS: What inspired you to run for Class of 2021 Student Officer positions?
JS: I wanted to be able to learn more about everyone in our class and be a bridge between our students and the faculty. I look forward to being the Class President during our PY2 year in order to help every student in our cohort feel included, special, and heard.
SwS: What is your favorite drug? And why?
JS: Liquid amoxicillin – as a kid, I thought it tasted good.
SwS: How would you explain the career of a pharmacist to the general public in ten words or less?
JS: We do more than just count pills.
SwS: What is your pet’s name? and how long have you had your pet(s)?
JS: CHARLES!!! I’ve had him since the end of December (as everyone knows from my social media).
SwS: What is the first thing you say to your pet when you wake up in the morning?
JS: “Get off my blanket, you’re taking up too much space.”
Then, we asked a few questions to Charles…
SwS: “If you had a job, what would it be?”
Charles Seals: A dog model!
SwS: “How would you describe your perfect day?”
CS: Sleeping and eating Cheez-Its/Goldfish.
JS: “What do you do all day when I am gone for school?”
CS: Sleep, because I’m lazy…