I have heard few students say that our MSPS program is very challenging with Pharmacology track being the toughest. So I wanted to share the story of our current student, Wendi Raig.
“My name is Wendi Raig. I am a mother of four wonderful children ages 6 – 18. I live locally in Lillington, though I’ve not lived here my entire life. It is difficult to say where I am from. The last seventeen years have been fairly stable here in North Carolina. Prior to my time here in NC I have lived in many, many places. After being born in Atlanta, Georgia, I was able to experience some of my younger years outside of the country in Indonesia, Philippines, and Honduras. Then after moving back into the States I lived in Minnesota, Florida, California, Florida again, Georgia again, and then North Carolina. I am highly active in Boy Scouts as a Venture Crew Advisor. We meet regularly. We have been sea kayaking, mountain climbing, zip lining, hiking, biking, winter camping, and many other things. In addition to volunteering with the Boy Scouts I also volunteer with my church and occasionally with the Mobile Market. I don’t have a lot of time for hobbies but one hobby I make time for is for managing my honey bees. I have been a bee keeper for the past eight or nine years. My honey is popular with my friends.
I received my bachelors of science from Georgia State University with a major in Biology and minor in Chemistry. Following my graduation I moved to NC and began working in a research laboratory studying HIV. When I had my second child I decided to stay home to raise my children. Since being home I had longed to go back to school and to find work in the sciences. Pharmacy and pharmacology are a good fit for me with my love for people and my love for sciences. Campbell is the obvious best choice as they offer dual degree options. MSPS allows me to learn how the medicines work in the body and how they are made. Knowing these things will make me a better and more marketable pharmacist when I am done.
I look forward to graduation, counting down the semesters as I approach. Having finished my first year of MSPS I have loved learning with all of the other students. What will my life look like when I graduate? I’m not sure. I’ve considered opening up my own private pharmacy but also I would like to work with cancer or HIV patients on a more personal basis. It may be something where I volunteer with certain clinics while also having my own practice. I know I want to be with people and help them to be in great health. I want my patients to know me and to know that I care about them. And I want my children to see that they can accomplish anything they set their minds on and to never, ever give up on their dreams.”