Minesh Bhula, Pharm. D. Candidate
Q: What is your chosen graduate field/professional line or work? What interests you the most about it?
Minesh: Pharmacy; the opportunity to become a healthcare professional and potentially make a significant impact in peoples’ lives intrigues me the most. As an undergrad at the University of Florida and as a brother of Beta Chi Theta, we consistently tried to take part in activities that would make a significant impact in the lives of others.
Now, as an aspiring pharmacist, I feel a continuation of the same principles I did in previous years as a brother and as an undergraduate student. It’s an awe inspiring feeling knowing that these things we do, whether it’s by hosting certain events with Beta Chi Theta or fulfilling my role as a pharmacist, may seem small but have a significant influence to those in need. Every little bit helps, and I’m glad my chosen profession and fraternity are two great platforms for making a difference.
Q: How did you come to find this opportunity?
Minesh: I was introduced to the profession before my first year of college, and I was able to volunteer during my undergraduate years and gain valuable experience. I was recently accepted into a pharmacy program near my home in Charleston, South Carolina.
Q: What advice would you give to undergraduates who want to get into this field?
Minesh: Be sure that this is something you want to do. There are plenty of outlets available to you where you can gain experience and knowledge about the field. Another part of the profession many overlook is the leadership role you must assume as the main director of individuals’ drug regimens. Patients look to the pharmacist and put all of their faith in them as their medication experts. It also helped that in my undergraduate years, I held many leadership roles in Beta Chi Theta and other organizations around campus. These roles helped form a quick and smooth assimilation into similar roles I will have to fulfill as a pharmacist.
Q: How did BCT help in developing your skills/networking (or any part of it)?
Minesh: Beta Chi Theta played an instrumental role in helping to get me where I am today. I spoke many times about my experiences in Beta Chi Theta during my pharmacy school interviews. That’s not to say I wouldn’t be where I am without Beta Chi, but Beta Chi Theta has served as an excellent foundation in my jouney. I gained priceless information on how to conduct myself with the proper etiquette, balance different aspects of my life, and properly transition into my professional school atmosphere.
Q: Describe some interesting and exciting projects/work you have been a part of.
Minesh: As an undergraduate student, I was lucky enough to do research alongside a faculty member of the UF College of Pharmacy. As a brother of Beta Chi Theta, we were able to continuously give back to our community. We sponsored annual events in order to raise funds for and increase awareness towards the dangers of heart disease. Finally, I was also the captain of my undergraduate Relay for Life team which served to raise awareness and funds for the battle against cancer.
Special thanks to Minesh Bhula for being our May Alumni Spotlight feature and highlighting many interesting things about his field of Pharmacy!