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Sarah Nguyen

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Major:
Pre-pharmacy
Graduation Year:
Spring 2015 (completed BDP certificate)
BDP Certificate:
Social Entrepreneurship & Non-profits
“My experience in Social Entrepreneurship and Non-Profits helped me realize that businesses run ethically and creatively can meet the needs of underserved populations while still providing a viable source of income.”

Discuss your general career path since graduating from UT.

Since I still have two years before graduating from my program, I have worked several part time jobs in preparation for my career as a pharmacist. I started working at Tarrytown Expocare Pharmacy, through which we service patients at a number of assisted living facilities throughout Texas. I later moved to the retail side of our pharmacy and practiced that for a semester. Currently, I work at a Peoples Pharmacy as a compounding technician, where we make customized medications in a lab.

How did your BDP experience influence your career path and interests?

I aspire to own my own independent pharmacy in the future, and my experience in Social Entrepreneurship and Non-Profits helped me realize that businesses run ethically and creatively can meet the needs of underserved populations while still providing a viable source of income. My previous impression of businesses were that they focused only on profit, but my BDP showed me that businesses can be an outlet for you to give back to the community in ways that are consistent with your own principles.

What do you value most about your BDP experience?

I most appreciate the support the BDP offered in our pursuit of connecting experiences. With the help of the BDP, I was given $4000 to participate in a study abroad program for Social Work in London and pursue research on the earliest organized non-profit, The Charity Organization Society. I learned how to do literature searches through archives, presented my findings to a class of undergraduate Social Work students, and most of all, gained confidence in my ability to effectively convey a message.

In what ways did an interdisciplinary education prepare you for what you are currently doing?

Being able to understand systemic issues from a government, social work, and business perspective helps you process what is going on with healthcare and can guide you to feasible solutions. As a prospective pharmacy owner, I need to be able to take all perspectives into account when deciding what services I can offer to patients and what will leave a sustainable impact. Sustainability is a hot topic right now, and it can only be evaluated from an interdisciplinary perspective.