Interview with Krystal Duensing

Major

Biology

Current Position

Pharmacology Student

GC Graduation Year

2009


Why or how did you choose your field?

I wanted to go into a field where I was able to impact others’ lives. I knew I wanted to go into a healthcare field, but I was unsure of which direction to go. Through an organic chemistry class, I became more aware of careers in pharmacy. I completed an summer internship at a pharmacy and began researching about the field. The more I researched, volunteered, and worked in a pharmacy, the more I knew this was the field I wanted to be in.

What’s exciting about your job or field?

The pharmacy field is constantly evolving and has a wide range of career opportunities that continues to expand. In almost all areas of pharmacy, there is patient interaction which allows you to help and impact someone’s life. Pharmacists are also one of the most respected professionals. There is a high level of flexibility within in the field as well as self-worth.

What has been a challenge in your career journey?

My career journey has just begun. As a first year pharmacy student I believe my biggest challenge is yet to come, but time management has always been a challenge. My junior and senior years, I was a full time student, basketball player, worked 10 hours a week in a pharmacy, and was a teaching assistant for 2 classes.

Looking back, would you do anything differently?

I wish I would have taken my first semester of college more seriously. I struggled with the adjustment and my study habits were not what they should have been.

How did your liberal arts education assist you in your journey?

During my four years at Goshen, I did not understand why I had to take some classes, but now I am thankful I did. My education allows me to relate to patients and create a relationship that builds trust. As a pharmacist, I will have the opportunity to interact with people from many different cultures. Understanding cultural differences and knowing how to relate is important in order to ensure that patients understand why and how to take their medication as well as to increase patient compliance.

What advice would you give to a young person just starting out?

  • Get involved not only on campus but in the community.
  • Set goals and go after them.
  • Believe in yourself!