Auburn, N.Y., native James Thurston grew up on a passion farm surrounded by animals, however knew from his sophomore 12 months in highschool that he needed a profession in pharmacy. “My favourite animals had been goats and so I took care of them, getting up early and wrangling them,” he stated. “Getting up so early within the morning taught me the worth of laborious work.
“The explanation I selected pharmacy, although, is that it uniquely appears to be like at sufferers for greater than their illness states. It appears to be like at their way of life and different components, and also you don’t get that in lots of professions,” he stated.
When Thurston, who most frequently goes by Jimmy — however has been kidded by his uncles who generally name him Jimbo — began taking a look at pharmacy faculties, Binghamton was the primary that popped up, he stated. “I got here and noticed the constructing when it was first completed, so I knew the place I needed to go. Binghamton was the one place I utilized to. I put all my eggs in a single basket.”
He went to Auburn Neighborhood Faculty, then SUNY Broome Neighborhood Faculty, to finish his conditions, graduating from SUNY Broome with an affiliate diploma in liberal arts with a spotlight in math and science.
“It has been very welcoming right here. Employees and school very useful and courses aren’t too huge, so being on a first-name foundation makes getting assist so much simpler,” he stated. “I graduated from highschool with about 86 children, so it’s good to get that right here as effectively, too. I’ve acclimated right here.”
But, Thurston additionally stands out from the group a bit, together with his pink hair and bow tie, which is maybe a bit uncommon for somebody his age. “It’s a pleasant little switch-up,” he stated. “There’s nothing fallacious with a traditional tie, however I wish to put my very own little twist on it.
“I additionally put on a pin day by day so get a variety of feedback on that,” he added.
The day of the interview for this profile, Thurston wore a pink grand piano pin. He has a variety of molecule and pharmacy pins, he stated, but in addition goes to a variety of music festivals the place he finds pins for his favourite bands. “I’ve near 100 pins and preserve them on my pin board,” he stated. “It’s an important a part of my character. After I labored at a neighborhood pharmacy for a time, clients would ask ‘What pin do you have got on at this time?’
“I wanted the pharmacy pin once I knew I used to be coming right here, and nearly purchased one early, however didn’t wish to probability unhealthy luck!”
He’s additionally a cat lover who can’t have a cat in his house, so together with his free time, he’s instructing himself to play the piano and caring for his houseplants. “I’ve a shelf simply lined in vines, and several other cacti and a few basic home vegetation — about 30 of them. They’re just about in all places they will match,” he stated.
Thurston additionally works at UHS Wilson Medical Heart as a pharmacy tech, working drugs to flooring, and not too long ago began IV coaching. “They’ve a program with the varsity the place, when you get your intern license, you will get educated,” he stated. “It helps college students with experiences and it helps UHS with individuals to work shifts. The intern license comes from the varsity, but it surely broadens the scope of what I can do.”
As a first-year scholar, Thurston has accomplished CPR coaching, and can earn his immunization certification as effectively. He was a bit nervous earlier than the immunization follow within the Expertise Lab, he stated. “However Dr. [Sara} Lynch eased my nerves. It’s one of those things where you don’t want to go too fast, but also don’t want to be slow,” he said. “We did online modules in our skills course, and then an in-person setting when we got a shot and gave some shots, two intramuscular and one subcutaneous.”
And, since he’s a first-year student, he’s also still considering what pharmacy path he might take. “I’ve actually worked in both in- and outpatient settings and now I’m leaning toward inpatient, but I don’t want to close many doors,” he said.
Until he has to decide, he’ll continue involving himself in student organizations and working as a pharmacy tech. he’s a member of the College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists (CPNP) and plans on getting more involved. “I didn’t want to bite off more than I could chew!” he said.
One thing he is set on, though: escaping cold weather. “I’ve vacationed in the Midwest and generally like it out there, so I’m counting down the New York winters until I’m through. I’m looking forward to not having to shovel my car out … and going to Colorado during spring break!”