Emily Nickels, Class of 2018
Name: Emily Nickels
Hometown: Marion, Arkansas
Class Year: Professional year two (P2)
Why I wanted to be a pharmacist:
I have cystic fibrosis (CF), and I decided in the sixth grade that I wanted a career in the medical field. I knew I wanted to learn about medicine and how it affects me, and to see if I might be able to help others with cystic fibrosis.
What I do when I’m not studying at STLCOP:
I am a 5’4” guard on the Eutectic basketball team. I run to keep myself in top physical shape—for basketball and for health. I also work as a pharmacy technician at Neel’s Pharmacy in Crestwood.
What I love about STLCOP:
Playing basketball. By the very end of a game, my muscles are just dead, but I don’t think I’ve ever been short of breath with a sport. I have too much adrenaline.
Where pharmacy will take me:
I hope to practice pharmacy in ambulatory care, working with patients who have CF. Having cystic fibrosis will probably make me more understanding of how medicine keeps you healthy. For me, I don’t want to lose lung function because I won’t get it back. I want to keep on top of it and make sure I maintain it.