BSPS Graduate Spotlight: Ny'kol Turner

In preparation for the College of Pharmacy’s Hybrid Convocation 2021, we’re highlighting a few of our many extraordinary graduates.

Ny'Kol is a soon-to-be graduate of the Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences program. She shared her favorite memories from the program as well as some advice for future students. Take a look! 

Name: Ny'kol Turner
Hometown: Mesa, AZ
Program: Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences

Q: What inspired you to pursue a degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences?

A: When I was 19 years old, I was diagnosed with cancer and the treatment made me extremely sick. I wanted to learn everything I could about medications. When I learned of this new degree, I knew I had to pursue it.

Q: What are your plans for after graduation?

A: I am going to the University of Arizona’s Pharmacy school.

Q: You are part of the second class to graduate from the College of Pharmacy. How does it make you feel to know that you are helping to pioneer a new program in the college's history?

A: It is a wonderful thing. The program is still being shaped and we are learning along the way. When I first started my college journey, every school I talked to told me there wasn’t a program for pharmacy and that I had to major in science and go to pharmacy school. This program was exactly what I was looking for. I feel like my class has experienced so many firsts this year in the program. Not only did we experience history in the making with the pandemic, but it was an integrated part of our learning. It has been amazing.

Q: What was your favorite memory from school?

A: My favorite memory was making cards for sick children in the hospital because I really enjoy giving back to my community. COP is always doing wonderful things and it is something I would like to be more a part of.

Q: Do you have any words of advice for students who may be thinking about getting a degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences?

A: This program is HARD. It uses every bit of education you have received. But it is worth it. My biggest advice would be: Don’t wait to study. Stay up to date with your work because it catches up quickly.

Q: Anything else you'd like to share?

A: I have enjoyed every step of this journey. No matter how hard it has been.

Story by: Gracie Lordi