March 21, 2013

Student Profile – Tristan Myers ’14

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Hometown: Springdale, Ark.
Undergraduate major/university:  B.A. History & International Relations/ University of Arkansas Fayetteville  & Master’s Degree in International Affairs/Texas A&M

Background & Reason for Choosing Pharmacy as a Career Path
I did my undergraduate coursework at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville where I studied History and International Relations. During that time I took a two-year break from school to serve as a missionary in the Philippines. I pursued graduate studies at Texas A&M University in International Affairs with an emphasis on national security and East Asian affairs. While I enjoyed my studies there I still didn’t feel like I had found exactly what I wanted to do.

That was when I discovered pharmacy and decided that it was exactly what I was looking for. I spent another year of school finishing prerequisites. I knew pharmacy was the right career path for me because it satisfies my intellectual curiosity while providing a breadth of practice opportunities.  As a pharmacist,  I can have a direct impact on the quality of life of my patients. My family has been with me along this journey. I met my wife in Fayetteville when we were undergrads. We married in 2005 and have three children: Zella, 6, Harper, 4, and Beckett, 1.

Choosing UAMS
UAMS offers a great education at a great value. I didn’t apply to any other pharmacy school because I knew that I only wanted to go to UAMS. One great opportunity I have had as a student was receiving a research fellowship during the summer between my first and second year. As part of the project, I was able to present a research poster at the AACP (American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy) annual meeting in San Antonio, Texas. Our research was later published in the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education. I have also received the State of Arkansas scholarship for the past two years.

Plans after Graduation
I’m still undecided. There are so many great opportunities for pharmacists that I haven’t been able to settle on one yet. I’m taking advantage of the nuclear pharmacy electives and have really enjoyed those. I’m also considering a residency.

Advice for Prospective Students
The most important thing in preparing for pharmacy school is learning how to learn. Pharmacy school will push you beyond what you previously thought you were capable of.