Michael recommends the following next steps:
I believe the most critical piece of advice I can give someone interested in pharmacy is to understand the profession's scope entirely. The pharmacy field is enormous, and there are many opportunities given to someone to earn a PharmD. Often, I believe students entering pharmacy school are unaware of these opportunities.
With that being said, community pharmacists who work at retail pharmacy chains or grocery stores are the most "popular" pharmacists. So often find people typically think of these positions when they think of pharmacy. Although there are many opportunities outside this profession, I believe it is crucial to understand what these pharmacists do as it is very much a "love it or hate it" position. It is not unlikely to work in this setting throughout your career or through schooling.
Michael Trocchia PE, CPIM
Another important thing is to take as many STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) courses as you can because that will help you become a well rounded applicant. Research also really helps because having some research background can help you in the long run, if you plan to do research in pharmacy school or even any research during your pharmacy career. Also having extracurricular activities is also another great part of your application, which helps the admission counsel your unique skills and personality. You don't have to do anything and everything underneath the sun, pick a few things that really shows cases who you truly are.