Veterans Day Q&A with second-year PharmD student Eric Arthur

Q: In which branch of the military did you serve, during which years, and what was your final rank?

A: I served in the Navy from 2013-2017. My final rank was an E-5 (Navy calls it petty officer second class).Eric Arthur

Q: What made you decide to serve?

A: I decided to serve because I didn’t really have a solid plan coming out of high school. A Navy recruiter called me, described how veterans get free college, and without many other options I was interested in, I hopped on board. 

Q: Did you know you wanted to go into health care when you enlisted or did something happen during your service that pointed you toward that career path?

A: I had no idea I wanted to do health care when I enlisted. I originally wanted to be a police officer when I enlisted, but after taking college courses during deployments, I realized that I had a love for biology and chemistry. Pharmacy was a logical career choice that interested me, with the effect drug molecules have on humans.

Q: What brought you to Wayne State?

A: Wayne State was my first choice because after being away from my family and friends for four years immediately following high school, it was a top priority for me to stay in the metro Detroit area.

Q: How do you feel your military career informs or affects your health care career?

A: I feel that being in the military has given me an opportunity to meet many people from many different backgrounds. This has made me appreciate a myriad of experiences so many people have that normally I’d never get the opportunity to learn about. The leadership experience I obtained was invaluable to me, which I’ll eventually use to navigate the health care world.

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The Doctor of Pharmacy program at Wayne State University is a four-year curriculum in the heart of Detroit. Approximately 100 students are enrolled in each year of the program. WSU Applebaum information meetings for prospective students take place at 6 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month. The application process for the Doctor of Pharmacy program begins in July.

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