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Anna Brown (Class of 2021) from a small town called China Grove, North Carolina. Anna makes sure she takes care of herself and spend time outside of pharmacy school. Anna loves to run outside, take exercise classes, and meal-prep during her weekends. She’s got some delicious salad recipes! She has a passion for the community and her future goal is to open an independent pharmacy and jokes it will be called the “Annabiotics!” This week, Sit with Senate’s Jisun Ban interviewed Anna Brown and asked her life in, and outside of the pharmacy school.

Sit with Senate: How has your perspective on the profession of pharmacy changed since joining the community of the Eshelman School of Pharmacy?
Anna Brown: Before coming to pharmacy school, the perspectives that I had on the profession of pharmacy came purely from my own experiences and pharmacists that I knew and interacted with. Luckily, for me, this meant that I had incredibly high regard for the profession and this perspective has only grown fonder during my time with ESOP. The field of pharmacy is truly unique. People within this profession are incredibly smart, inquisitive, and driven but are also compassionate, excellent communicators, and devoted to making the world a better place. The ESOP community refreshes and renews my faith in the direction of pharmacy, despite the ever-changing healthcare atmosphere. My hope is that all individuals will see pharmacists with a perspective similar to my own.

SwS: How have you evolved as a student since you started pharmacy school
AB: Before coming to Pharmacy school, I was a student who did not truly believe in all of my abilities. My undergraduate career at UNC-Chapel Hill was tough and full of struggles, but I kept my long term goal of becoming a Pharmacist in mind and (barely) made it through. Pharmacy school has turned me into a completely new student. The material we learn every single day is pertinent to our careers and the lives of our patients. I understand the material, I challenge myself to truly know it, and I am excited about learning. Pharmacy school has turned me into a confident student, future healthcare provider, and a leader. I know that I will carry all the lessons I have learned at ESOP, both inside and outside the classroom, into the rest of my life.

SwS: Where do you see yourself in 10 years from now (2029)?
AB: In ten years from now, I see myself being an owner and manager of an independent community pharmacy within North Carolina. I dream that this pharmacy will offer many advanced pharmacy services and will be a bridge between community pharmacy and clinic-based care. I also see myself being a very active member within the local politics, performing volunteer work in underserved communities, and traveling as much as possible.

SwS: Can you list three things that you are most passionate about in life?

AB: First, Expanding the role of pharmacists within small communities and healthcare in general. Secondly, I am passionate about spending time with my family and friends, and lastly traveling and eating good food

SwS: What are some of your best/favorite moments at Eshelman School of Pharmacy?
AB: Some of my favorite “ESOP” moments include volunteering as a recruitment ambassador at Candidate Days and Pharmacy Fridays. Two things that bring me great joy are meeting new people and sharing my excitement about careers in Pharmacy. Lucky for me, I have been given the chance to do both of these things many, many times. I love sharing how wonderful our school is, getting the opportunity to build new relationships, and serve in a mentor role for potential pharmacy students.


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