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When Jennifer Esch walked down the stage to receive her diploma, she had much more than a high GPA. Esch graduated in May 2010 with more work experience than some people get their entire lives.

Most students begin to feel like pharmacists after completing rotations out in the field. However, Marjan Sepassi, a 2010 PharmD graduate, felt more like Sherlock Holmes during one of her experiences.

This 1977 COP graduate is a clinical instructor who teaches first-year pharmacy students. Along with teaching them pharmacy law and the top 200 drugs prescribed in the U.S. in his two-semester pharmaceutical calculations and pharmacy practice lab and lecture course, he says, “I share with them day-to-day experiences.” 

Ann Kerschen job-shadowed doctors and nutritionists. She thought about many other healthcare jobs. She considered majoring in math, physics, psychology and biochemistry. She played with the idea of being an ophthalmologist. Then she shadowed her step-cousin, a hospital pharmacist in Reno, Nev., and that cemented her decision.

Kristina De Los Santos wasn’t content just being the first college graduate in her family. She also had to graduate magna cum laude from the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy with her PharmD in 1999.