Fia Wulur ’13, Anderson Fellow in Public Affairs
I spent my last week with NACDS in Denver, CO for the NACDS Pharmacy and Technology Conference. My time at the Conference was the highlight of my summer and I could not imagine a better way to wrap up my internship. It was satisfying to see all the work my colleagues and I did come together. The education sessions I worked on with my colleagues for the past two months resulted in record attendance. The conference also provided me with opportunities to network with NACDS members. For example, I was fortunate enough to meet Greg Wasson, the CEO of Walgreen Co., and Terry McAullife, the Former Chairman of the Democratic Party. These connections are already paying off as I begin to refine my job search for after graduation. For example, Mr. Wasson has already helped me connect to some people within Walgreens, and other professionals I met at the conference gave me advice on job search strategies. Such opportunities would never have been possible without NACDS!
The NACDS team worked hard at the conference but they also showed me how to have a wonderful time! Some of the fun perks of being in Denver with NACDS included attending the Upsher-Smith Wine Tasting Reception, going to a Rockies game, and attending a concert by Bad Company as part of our closing reception. It was so much fun to let loose with my coworkers and other NACDS friends and members after a busy couple of days at the conference! I could not have asked for a better way to wrap up my fellowship and to spend my last night with NACDS!!
My fellowship at NACDS has been one of the most amazing and valuable experiences I’ve ever had. Getting out of my comfort zone and immersing myself in a field I knew little about taught me a lot about work ethics, professionalism, and how the pharmacy and pharmaceutical industry work. It was great to gain exposure on lobbying, advocacy, and other functions of a trade association. On top of all that, living in DC and being in a different time zone from my closest friends and family forced me to form new friendships and be truly independent in an unfamiliar city. As a result, I was able to have fun while still gaining invaluable skills applicable to both my professional and personal life. Because of my time at NACDS, I certainly feel more prepared for the real world and am anxious to finish my senior year of college. My fellowship experience has been amazing and saying goodbye to the NACDS team could not have been more bittersweet. Words cannot express my gratitude to have had this extra ordinary fellowship as part of my Cornell experience.