Emily Nickels, Class of 2018

Emily Nickels

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.

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