I lost my cousin in high school due to a drug reaction. I was a freshman in high school and he was a sophomore. We lived five blocks away from each other. It was a real shock because on Friday we were supposed to see each other but my aunt told me my cousin had the flu. On Sunday morning, we received a phone call that he was in the hospital and had passed. It was very shocking for my whole family. Losing my cousin was the reason why I decided to go into healthcare.
Educating parents and patients is really important to me. A lot of people don’t know the right questions to ask or don’t know what to look out for. You want to be able to do the best for the person that you care about. You want to be there, looking for changes looking for something that’s wrong, even if you’re not a pharmacist or a doctor.
My ideal goal is to do a residency in either pediatrics or pediatric oncology because I went into pharmacy to help kids. During my time at Rutgers, I have been really active in all the pediatric societies. I have made sure that I volunteered with RU for Kids. I am also on eboard for the Pediatric Pharmacy Advocacy Group (PPAG). I think that working with kids gives you new life every day because they always have hope that seems to never goes out, even in the worst situation. Children always see the best in every situation. Their positivity makes you want stay positive about everything that’s happening in your life.