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Yasmeen Davis  Name:  Yasmeen Davis
Hometown:  Winnfield, LA
Classification:  P4
Years of pre-pharmacy:  4
Degree at admission:  Bachelor of General Studies

Why did you choose the pharmacy school at ULM?

I had relatives and friends who attended ULM and they gave good reviews about the school in general as well as the pre-pharmacy program. I also came to the Howard Hughes Medical Institute program at ULM the summers after my 11th and 12th grade years in high school and fell in love with the campus. Since I had decided on taking up pharmacy, I figured it was best to do the pre-pharmacy part at the same school with the great pharmacy school reputation. 

Why did you choose pharmacy for your profession?

My biology and chemistry teacher in high school encouraged me to focus my sights on the aforementioned subjects. I loved chemistry and math equally, so I started to think about the different majors that would incorporate those two. Around this same time, I started to realize that a family member was on several different medications and I became curious about them. On top of those things, I loved the idea of being able to make other people's lives a little more bearable in times of sickness. 

What opportunities have you had by attending ULM that you may not have experienced elsewhere?

Attending the ULM SOP, I was able to go to some places that I otherwise would not have been able to go; therefore, I have been able to meet people from other pharmacy schools in different states who I would not have ever met. These trips were made possible through organizations such as APhA (American Pharmacists Association) and CPFI (Christian Pharmacists Fellowship International). Although I have not been able to go on a mission trip yet, I like that there are opportunities for those offered here at this school and that is something that is not offered everywhere. There were also so many opportunities for community service through school organizations and I was thankful for that. 

Have you learned anything so far that has influenced your choice of potential future jobs? If so, please explain.

On my first rotation with Dr. Michelle Zagar at the Ouachita Council on Aging, I realized how much I have been limiting myself. I felt that communication was one of my weaknesses, especially communication with older adult patients. I had never thought of working in a setting such as a Council on Aging, but as my rotation came to an end I realized how much I really enjoyed it. I now have a new outlook on the profession and all the opportunities there are. 

What advice would you give to a student considering attending the ULM School of Pharmacy?

My advice would be that if you truly have your heart set on pharmacy as a career, you won't go wrong by attending ULM SOP. The school offers many organizations to get involved with and no matter which ones you choose it will be a good decision. There are always opportunities for leadership positions. There are many professors who really and truly care about students succeeding. They are willing to help however they can and try their best to make sure the material is understood. I would advise students to do their best, work their hardest, be themselves, and never let fear hold them back.