CONWAY, SC (WMBF) - The pharmacy technician program at Conway High School is helping pave the way for students’ futures in the medical field.
One of only 14 pharmacy tech students enrolled in the program is senior Celina Brown, who is using the hands-on experience she’s gained to hopefully continue her passion to serve others.
“When I was younger, my grandma worked at a daycare and I would always go and be around children, and I always love putting other people’s interests before mine. I just love helping people," Brown said.
A selfless spirit Brown has grown up with has led her to taking part in CHS’ pharmacy technician program. The work she’s done at school, she said, is similar to what she’s been able to work on while interning at Medicine Mart in Conway.
“You have to put certain labels on certain pill bottles so they don’t take them with anything that would make an adverse effect with the pill. So anything that is micin or cillin, you cannot take on an empty stomach. It will upset your stomach," said Brown as she showed the items inside her classroom.
Getting invaluable experience like this at a young age is something Brown will take with her in the future.
“We’ve filled three prescriptions for people, we’ve learned how to do suspensions like amoxicillin suspensions, we learned ointments, we learned tallman lettering and other things like that," she said.
Among the many things Brown is involved in at school is a gospel choir she started, Beta Club, the National Honor Society, step team, journalism, yearbook staff, and multiple service projects. In addition to all her extracurricular activities, she also has an impressive 3.8 GPA.
“When I have meetings, I go to the meetings. When I leave, I go and study and I also work so it’s a lot, but I balance it pretty well. I don’t know how I do it, but I balance it pretty well," Brown said.
Becoming a nurse one day is also on the table for Brown.
“So even after my four years, if I wanted to go to nursing school, it would still give me a lot of pre-recs and knowledge I need for nursing," she said. “I feel like it’s going to give me a good boost to go to college, because with this on me resume and my transcripts, I got a lot of offers to go to pharmacy school and Claflin Honors College and USC (University of South Carolina).”
However, Brown has decided to attend Winthrop University in the fall. She said she plans to major in athletic training under pre-medicine and is also thinking about a minor in pharmacy.