Constant commute pays off for pharmacist Anna

A dedicated Fraserburgh student, who travelled hundreds of miles every week for her studies, is looking back with pride on her achievements following her graduation from RGU.

Anna FergusonAnna Ferguson (22) graduated with merit alongside her classmates with a Masters in Pharmacy at a ceremony at Aberdeen’s His Majesty’s Theatre on Thursday 12 July.

The former Mintlaw Academy pupil lived at home throughout her time at university, requiring a round trip of 96 miles nearly every day just to attend her lectures.

Anna said: “Admittedly it wasn’t always easy, needing to spend between four and five hours on the bus on a daily basis, but honestly I’m glad that I did it.

“They say good things come to those who wait and I think that having to make that extra effort helped me push on to secure my Masters with merit.”

Anna was inspired to study the course as a teenager, after deciding it would suit her passion for people better than an ordinary office job.

She said: “Back at secondary school, I tried my hand at work experience in an office, but decided that kind of career definitely wasn’t for me.

“I’ve always enjoyed working with the public and like that unpredictability of never knowing what’s going to happen next. After thinking about different career options, I decided to look into pharmacy and it quickly interested me – so studying at RGU was the next obvious step.”

While Anna’s initial interest in pharmacy may have stemmed from her desire to work with people, she believes that her experiences over the past four years have not only ingrained an understanding and love for the field, but also fully prepared her for the future.

She said: “The staff at the School of Pharmacy and Life Sciences have provided me with so many opportunities to push me out of my comfort zone and learn in the most effective way.

“From placement opportunities – like a week at Raigmore Hospital – to various simulation exercises, these opportunities continually reminded all of us of the types of situations we would need to prepare ourselves to face in our role as pharmacists.

“RGU guided me through the competitive selection and interview processes needed to obtain my place as a pre-registration pharmacist – which I am incredibly thankful for.”

The future is a bright one for Anna, as she begins her pre-registration year with a community pharmacy in Aberdeen. She is looking forward to seeing where her career takes her after that, with hopes of staying in a community setting.

“I’m excited to really get started and my university experience has been a successful one. Aside from my lecturers, I’d also definitely not be graduating if it wasn’t for the continual support of my family. They’ve been there for me from day one and I am grateful for everything they’ve done for me.”


Release by Jonathon Milne
Communications Officer
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