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What steps can I take in highschool toward becoming a pharmacist?

I’m a freshman in highschool and I know it might be a little early to know what I want to be but I really want to be a pharmacist. Any thing I should do to become one? Like classes to take and idk, stuff like that 😭

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Brianna’s Answer

Research pharmacist jobs so you are aware of the various jobs and duties within those. They are all quite different. Shadow some pharmacists- both retail and hospital. Excel in school now. Study, focus, don't just memorize to take the tests but really understand what you are learning. Get involved in extracurriculars- not just join clubs but be actively involved and hold leadership positions. Get a job so you can learn more life skills. ENJOY high school. You only get to be a kid once so still enjoy that! Don't stress too much. Also continue to consider other careers based on your interests and goals. Take those tests that help guide you to the correct career path for you. It isn't all about money- make sure you will enjoy what you do because you will be working for 40+ years!
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JOHN’s Answer

Hello:

Biochemistry, Chemistry, Biology, Humanities, Microbiology, Psychology, etc.

Article that deep dives more into your question:
https://www.singlecare.com/blog/pharmacy-school-requirements/

Gratitude into your steps.

God Bless,

John German
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Melanie’s Answer

That's a fantastic idea! Besides exploring the other suggestions, you could look for an independent pharmacy close to your home and pay a visit. You never know, you might build a great connection with the pharmacist over there! Ask about any summer job opportunities and how to apply. You see, I personally worked in a pharmacy while I was in high school, and it was an amazing experience! I started by running the register and helping customers, and gradually taught myself about various medications by reading the drug information leaflets. Eventually, I learned how to read prescriptions and advanced to working as a technician!

As you move forward, remember that every step counts. My journey took me to college and further to working as a pharmacy technician in a hospital. There, I acquired more skills such as filling med carts and preparing IVs. Over time, I took the necessary classes for the school I wanted to attend, and eventually applied to pharmacy school. Interestingly, when I got in, I realized I was one of the few people who had prior pharmacy experience!

So, let your passion drive you forward and don't be afraid to take those small steps. Use Google to your advantage and keep learning. Good luck - you've got this!
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