From Freshman to Pharmacist

Meet Shelby Means! Means is a first year pharmacy school student at Auburn University. She grew up an Auburn fan and went to football games with her family when she was little. It was during her tour here that she knew Auburn was the school for her. She had always loved the family traditions that she had seen on game days but she loved how it was still prevalent on campus even on a hot day at three in the afternoon when she took her tour. After that she made up her mind and didn’t apply anywhere else!

Means’ dream job is to work as a pharmacist in a pediatrician’s office in ambulatory care. Originally, she was unsure if she should choose pre-pharmacy or pre-med but she knew she wanted to work in the medical field. She chose pharmacy over med school for a couple different reasons but the main one is as a doctor, you get the opportunity to provide patients health care. However, many doctors do not have to time to get to know their patients on a personal basis and make real connections with them. The pharmacy she shadowed was an independently owned pharmacy and she absolutely loved the way that the pharmacist knew every patients name, their family, and their medical conditions so well. It made the encounter so much more personal and because the patients felt comfortable with the pharmacist, they felt that they could share any issues with their medication and illness. She wants to be able to provide this type of care to patients, a real, genuine and personal relationship that betters not just that person’s health, but their everyday life as well.

Before starting Pharmacy school Means was a student recruiter, a part of Freshman Leadership Program, and she also worked on the event staff at Auburn University. She believes that it’s important to be involved for a multitude of reasons. To her it was so satisfying serving the Auburn community. Being involved grows you in more ways than you would ever imagine. It also helps expand your resume for whatever you hope to do in the future. Means’ advice for incoming freshman is to get involved, say yes to every opportunity you can and don’t be afraid to step outside of your comfort zone. Freshman year is the perfect time to find your niche of people and become deeply rooted into it.

Means’ favorite thing about Auburn is the special traditions it holds true. No one ever comes here and doesn’t feel loved and welcomed. To her, that’s what it means to be a part of the Auburn family. Means’ favorite Auburn tradition is participating in Hey Day because it is such a fun way that the student body joins together and it is a great way to meet people. It shows how inclusive and welcoming Auburn is especially for freshman. It’s perfect for freshman because it is such an easy way to put yourself out there and make new friends. Her favorite place to eat at is The Hound in downtown Auburn, especially for brunch because it has, “the best brunch in all of Auburn.” Means hopes to leave a legacy of someone who has made a positive impact on every person she has encountered. She hopes to be remembered as the girl who was inclusive of all of her peers no matter what age or background they come from.

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