Pharmacy Technician, San Antonio - San PedroOlga

“I’ve always had a passion for helping people. Just dealing with my grandparents having diabetes. They had to take so many medications. Seeing that in the background made me want to learn a little bit more.


My brother-in-law’s cousin is a pharmacy technician at CVS, and she was telling me about a school, but it was too far away. Then I found Brightwood. I told myself I was just going to check it out and not commit right away. But the vibe that I got and the welcome – I was ready to sign up.

In high school, I always wanted to work in a pharmacy but to me it was more about what other people were telling me to do. If people told me that I was good at something, I decided to do that, instead. So I was putting my passion on the backburner and trying to please everybody else. Then I started working, and I had to pay bills, and I didn’t have enough time in the day to be going to school. So I pushed school back. As I got older, I knew that I had to do what I wanted to do. Now was the time.

“As I got older, I knew that I had to do what I wanted to do. Now was the time.”

The teachers here are more on a personal level. You can have one-on-one time with them. I feel like they are teaching because they love what they do. So they want you to love what you do, as well. They are there to push you and really help you out because they see the passion that we have in our eyes. To me it’s just very different than being at a university, where you really don’t know your professor. Here, there’s a bond. I really love that.

It just felt very at home. It didn’t seem like I was just a number trying to get into a college. I was more than a quota. They want to help you fulfill your dreams.

My family loves me being here. Every month I tell them about my great exam scores. They are just super proud of me. My mom and my sister are very supportive. My sister just graduated three or four years ago with a teaching degree. She’s been one of my biggest motivators. She’s always there pushing me. It’s always good to have somebody when I am over here stressing out. It’s nice to know that someone is there behind me; just in case I fall, they are there to catch me.

“I’ve learned a lot about myself. How much I can actually do.”

The biggest struggle would have to be time management. I go to school full-time, working full-time. It’s just really hard. In school my biggest struggle would be learning the medications and how they interact with each other. I do flash cards and all that. Figure the formulas. I’ve gotten it all down, though, so I am so happy about that. You think you just count pills and then you are done but then you come here and you learn about the details and factors. I really love it. I wake up with a smile on my face.

Later down the road I would want to become a pharmacist, so that would be something I’d like to look into. I would like to move if the opportunity arose. Wherever the wind takes me. I’d love to travel, so if my job allowed me, I’d definitely take up that offer.

I’ve learned a lot about myself. How much I can actually do. It just pushed me to the next level. Knowing the limits that I can go to is really amazing.”

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