Academic Magnet High School senior Kira Adkins will start her journey to become a pharmacist in Fall 2018 at Medical University of South Carolina. Adkins will likely be one of the youngest students to start the program. She is no stranger to hard work.
Adkins started taking college courses through Trident Technical College’s Early Admit program two years ago while taking Advanced Placement classes at her high school in order to satisfy the 66 hours of prerequisites for the PharmD program. Traditionally, applicants take two to four years of college courses after high school before applying to the program. Adkins recalls some of her most challenging days were when she had to attend classes at TTC from 6pm-9pm after a regular day of high school.
Adkins first discovered her love for pharmacy while participating in the SCRUBS medical summer camp at Roper St. Francis. She continued to learn more about the profession by interviewing and shadowing local pharmacists. She worked alongside Rachel Taber, PharmD while completing her senior thesis research which involves getting drug takeback boxes installed in counties across the state. Despite being on a fast tract, Adkins still has time to enjoy extracurricular activities like basketball, attending football games and hanging out with her friends.
This makes the second major celebration for the Adkins Family this year. Earlier this year, Adkins younger brother, Dyran Adkins, was selected to attend three of the nation’s top boarding high schools, Phillips Academy Andover in Massachusetts, Phillips Exeter Academy, and St. Paul’s School both in New Hampshire. Dyran Adkins is one of the few students from South Carolina attending Phillips Academy Andover.