There’s No Stopping Me
Justice Kwansa’s Quest to Become a Pharmacist
Neither Justice Kwansa’s father or mother managed to finish high school in Ghana, but their inability to further their education pushed him to pursue his own educational dreams.
“I’m motivated by how far I’ve come,” said Kwansa, who emigrated to the US as a child. “We have the ability to refuse failure.”
Kwansa decided early on that he wanted to become a pharmacist because of their role in the healthcare system.
“Pharmacists are the front-line,” said Kwansa.
Kwansa looked into several pharmacy programs but chose TCOP because of the academics of the program and how many rotations the school offered.
“Touro hammers in the physiology so you can understand the root cause of the disease,” said Kwansa. “You’re not quick to hand out medication if you don’t have to.”
In addition, Kwansa said he was surprised by how much the faculty cared about each student. “On this campus, it was more of a family,” he explained.
During his time at TCOP, Kwansa fulfilled his rotation requirements by working under both experienced clinical pharmacists and established physicians.
“My rotations were the engine that allowed me to reach my goals,” Kwansa explaind. “All rotations are experiences that make you better. They allow you to realize the area of pharmacy you thrive in.”
Kwansa was part of the 2018 class and is now a practicing pharmacist.
“Knowing how far I’ve come, there’s no stopping me,” he said.