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“I have learned that success is to be
measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the
obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed.” – Booker T

I’ve had to wear hearing aids as a child,
but I stopped wearing them during my teenage years due to the constant bullying
I received. I was called all sorts of names and was ridiculed just because God
chose to make me unique. I can remember crying out to God, asking him why he
chose to make me this way. I’ve always lived feeling deprived knowing that I could
not hear as well as other.

Although I am not deaf, my hearing loss
separates me from people. Many people can hear effortlessly without any extra
help, but I acquire my hearing through a slow and sometimes painful process of
reading lips.

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As I grew older, I allowed these
obstacles to hinder my individuality and my education. My self-esteem dropped
and I began to feel isolated. I felt as if I was living in a world with no one
to whom I could relate. In efforts to fit in with my peers, my lifestyle
changed and I did not care about my grades as much.  It got to a point in which I was placed on
academic probation twice.  I honestly did
not know what I had at stake and it’s a mistake I will forever regret.

As I began to realize that my life was
heading in the opposite direction, I met with my Uncle who happened to be a
pharmacist. He asked me a question that made me silent for a while. He asked,
which I quote “Chioma where do you see yourself in five years?”. I always knew
that my calling was in the medial field but I was never really sure what I
wanted to be. My uncle encouraged me to volunteer at his privately owned
pharmacy. I helped organized the medicine in alphabetical order as well as
answer phone calls. I began to pick interest in it very quickly, which my uncle
noticed as well. At this point, I was starting to feel like I had something to
look forward too. I set a goal for myself to become a pharmacy technician so
that I could help my uncle out in the pharmacy. Unfortunately, right before I could
start this process, my Uncle passed away while visiting Nigeria for a medical
mission. It was then that my eyes really opened. I lost a great iroko tree,
someone very dear to me. After coping with his loss, I stepped up my game. I
got a job at rite aid pharmacy as a pharmacy technician and have been working
there for about eight months.

My experiences from school and working
as a pharmacy technician has helped me learn that my success and happiness lies
within me.  I am taking a huge risk
applying to pharmacy school, but it is only right because I love working in the
pharmacy and I want to make my uncle proud, even in his grave. I have grown to be a determined and
strong-willed young woman, and I have developed faith, which provides me
strength. I am proud to say I can finally answer my uncle’s question; in five
years, I can see myself graduating from Pharmacy School and impacting the lives
as others, just as my Uncle have for me. Through all my experiences, I realized
that if you are doing what you love to do, then things come to you as a second
nature. It is not about the most intelligent that makes someone a good
candidate, but it is about the most prepared.

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