In preparation for the College of Pharmacy’s 2021 Convocation, we’re highlighting a few of our many extraordinary graduates.
It has been a long journey for outstanding PharmD student Willie Aminazong, who came to the College from Buea, Cameroon to pursue a pharmacy education. After graduation, he'll begin work as a community pharmacist working directly with patients. He shared with us some advice and memories from his time at the College of Pharmacy.
Name: Willibroad (Willie) Aminazong
Hometown: Buea, Cameroon
Q: What inspired you to pursue your PharmD?
A: I have always loved healthcare and was a student nurse in Cameroon. When I became a nurse, I realized there were more opportunities for me. I finally decided to do pharmacy because one of the most influential people I met when I came to the U.S. was a pharmacist. He advised me on what to do and the benefit of being a pharmacist. After all the advice they gave me I researched more about pharmacy and decided I was going to do pharmacy.
Q: What have you accomplished during your studies that you are proud of?
A: I think my best achievement has been the completion of my degree and making friends who have become a very important part of my life.
Q: What are your other plans for after graduation?
A: I currently have a job offer and I will be working as a community pharmacist for a while and will be looking forward to what the future holds.
Q: What is your favorite memory from school?
A: Attending a 7:30 am lecture! I am just kidding. Actually, my favorite memory from pharmacy school was the communications lecture where we had to participate in groups to do improve our communication skills.
Q: Do you have any words of advice for students who may be thinking about pursuing their PharmD?
A: It does not matter how life throws stones at you. What matters is how you use the stones life throws at you. You can use the stones to build stairways and go higher or let them pile up and become an obstacle to your success. Pharmacy school is hard. Plus, we need to work to pay bills and maybe carter for others but there are resources to help any serious person through all the obstacles.
Q: Anything else you would like to share?
A: I would like to thank the faculty and very other staff at the college for helping me through my PharmD.