Three years ago, Azadeh knew very little English when she moved from Iran to Maryland. She started in noncredit English classes, and within a short time, she had moved to science courses. She excelled in HCC’s pre-pharmacy transfer program and graduated in spring 2016 with a 4.0 GPA!
Within the pre-pharmacy program, Azadeh discovered her passion and the pathway to a career. As she explained, “I really want to help people and make a difference in the lives of patients, and I love science so I thought that pharmacy was the best combination of science and health.”
One of Azadeh’s favorite classes was organic chemistry, because “it was so cool to make things; it was my first time making things like aspirin!” She took her chemistry expertise to the National Institutes of Health, where she interned and conducted original research during the summer of 2015. While at HCC, Azadeh also tutored fellow students in physics and math, and was named the science, engineering, and technology division’s 2016 student of the year.
Azadeh is now ready for University of Maryland’s competitive Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program. Asked for what the future might hold, she is already looking beyond her doctorate program with the goal of entering a residency program in oncology pharmacy. If her first three years in Maryland are any indication of the future, Azadeh will reach her goals!