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At 20, Albuquerque Grad Vydelia Morgan Literally Goes the Distance to Complete Her Pharmacy Technology Program

June 14, 2022

Vydelia Morgan is a young woman who knows exactly what she wants—and is well on her way to making it happen.

Vydelia, 20, who grew up on the Navajo Native American reservation, is the first person in her family to attend college. For half her life, she has dreamed of following in her aunt’s footsteps and becoming a registered pharmacist.

Her first step toward that goal—becoming a certified pharmacy technician—will become a reality later this month, when she completes her externship and graduates from Carrington’s2022世界杯预选赛 . Since becoming a student on the Albuquerque campus, Vydelia has earned six academic achievement awards and has served as a student mentor, encouraging incoming students to follow in her footsteps.

“我从10岁起就想成为一名药剂师,”维德利亚说。“我花了很多时间和凯西阿姨在一起,她是一家医院的药剂师。她经常告诉我她的一天和她在工作中做的所有事情。我发现这一切都很迷人。她启发我考虑把药剂学作为一项职业,现在它发生了!”

It’s quite literally been a long journey for Vydelia, who commuted two days a week from Gallup to Albuquerque—280 miles round trip—to complete her program. We talked with Vydelia about the value of setting goals, her desire to be a role model for her younger siblings, and what she’s learned about herself while pursuing her education at Carrington.

How did you first learn about Carrington?

I have a couple of friends from high school who graduated from Carrington’s Medical Assisting program at the Albuquerque campus. They both had a really positive experience, so I decided to check it out and learn more about the available programs. When I found out that Carrington offers a Pharmacy Technology program, it felt like a great first step toward the career I want.

What about the Pharmacy Tech program interested you?

在我开始学习成为一名注册药剂师之前,它给了我一个在药学领域工作的机会。我不是一个超级外向的人,所以那是一个相当安静、专注的环境。你是在顾客来取药的时候和他们打交道,但大部分工作都是独自完成的,我还挺喜欢这样的。目前药学技术人员短缺,所以我很喜欢这个领域有很多工作机会。我觉得我总能找到工作。

你最喜欢这个节目的什么?

这个程序非常简单。我觉得我花在课堂上的时间是有成效的,我真的很喜欢一切都是亲自动手。我的项目指导老师,杰西卡·莱因哈特,非常棒。她一直在我身边。她关心并乐于帮助她的学生取得成功。在这个项目中,我也学到了很多关于团队合作的东西,从我的实习经历中我知道,当我在药房工作时,这些东西会非常有用。

What would you say you’ve learned about yourself during the process of completing your program at Carrington?

我明白了,如果我下定决心并真正投入,我可以做任何事情。即使人们告诉你某事很难完成,但只要你努力去做,任何事情都是可能的。我曾考虑报名参加医疗协助项目,但我没有,因为我害怕打针。但现在我已经完成了我的制药技术课程,我实际上在考虑读硕士课程,只是为了获得额外的经验和发展永远需要的额外技能。

You recently completed your externship at a pharmacy. What’s a typical day like for a Pharmacy Technician?

It’s a busy, fast-paced environment, but it’s also one that requires a lot of attention to detail. You always have to make sure you have all of the correct patient information. Avoiding errors is critical, especially when you’re inputting patient information and filling prescriptions. In a pharmacy setting, most prescriptions are pills and liquids. I’d like to eventually work in a hospital setting where the pharmacy does medical compounding to create customized medications.

What do your parents think about what you’ve accomplished?

他们真的为我感到骄傲,这感觉很好。我的父亲在建筑行业工作,我的母亲是一名交通司机。有时我妈妈会开车送我去阿尔伯克基上学,这样我就可以在往返的路上学习。我的父母一直努力工作,给他们的孩子他们没有的那种机会。我是家里六个孩子中的一个,我觉得我应该为我的父母扮演一个积极的角色,向我的弟弟妹妹们展示努力是有回报的,如果他们努力并保持专注,他们的梦想就会实现。

你对未来有什么计划?

I’m interested in gaining some real-life experience as a pharmacy technician for a year or two, and then returning to college and studying to become a registered pharmacist. I’d like to stay in the area where I grew up so that I can help provide services that are needed in my Navajo community.

What advice would you give someone who might be thinking about enrolling in a Carrington program?

I would tell them that in order to succeed, you have to want it and be willing to work for it. I commuted to and from school three to four hours, round trip, to get my education. It wasn’t always easy, but it was definitely worth it. I think it’s important to always keep your goal in mind—and to stay focused on achieving it!

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