At the South College School of Pharmacy, students learn from passionate, knowledgeable faculty members who are available and ready to provide students individualized attention and support. Faculty members also offer both academic and professional mentorship to guide students in pursuing the areas of pharmacy that match their interests. To highlight this relationship between faculty and students, we asked some of our Pharmacy students and alumni to share their experiences.
Colton D. Young, Doctor of Pharmacy Student
“Everyone knows your name. They wave in the hallways. They invite you into their offices to chat about school or life in general, and most are open to letting you just vent when you need to. They make sure to have plenty of time before and after class to allow you to ask questions you may not want to ask in class. At South, I have never felt like a professor doesn’t care about me and doesn’t have my best interests at heart as a student pharmacist. I have struggled in some classes, but the professors are always good about reaching out and making sure you’re ok. They help you with the disconnect you might be experiencing. They have also always provided me with professional advice when something comes up that I need advice on!”
Summer Snowden, Doctor of Pharmacy Student
“As a student, you’re paired with a faculty mentor and everybody gets one. Each faculty will have a few students so you can get together as a group or individually. They’re there for any questions you may have and they check in with you every quarter. For example, my faculty mentor is a great hospital pharmacist. I’m interested in residency, so she’s always helping me and answering questions I have about that as that approaches and we approach our rotations.
You’re not restricted to your mentor though. You can reach out to anybody you want, any faculty, and they’ll respond to you. I’ve got another faculty member that I’m doing research with and, anytime I’ve got a question, his door’s wide open.”
Mark Major, Doctor of Pharmacy Graduate
“South College is as interested in your success as you are. I fully believe that my professors worked as hard on my education as I did. The professors here get to know you well enough that they will challenge you. Even if you get down and think that you can’t possibly pass, or you can’t possibly learn a subject, they will challenge you. They will give you all the help you can stand. Honestly, if you’re going to fail at South, you have to try. I think as long as you’re willing to put forth a positive effort and a positive attitude, you’ll be successful and you’ve got more cheerleaders in the staff and the faculty than I think you could ever hope for.”
Lacey George, Doctor of Pharmacy Student
“All of the faculty are friendly and approachable. They get to know you personally, and they become like family throughout the process as they get to know you more. They care about their students and take time out to check on you individually to see how your studies are going. Faculty have also helped me with my career goals and advice. If I have questions or need help, they are always willing to set time aside to talk with me. The faculty are very knowledgeable about the topics and have good insight and clinical pearls to share.”