Graduation Day

Graduation Day

November 13, 2019 0 By Stanley Isaacs


My name is Myron Odingo. I am graduating today with a Masters in Pharmacy. I have been at Keele for 4 years. The Keele School of Pharmacy is quite different from other courses. The system itself is quite unique. I found that from when I came to Keele they taught you to be assertive; voice out your opinion. I wasn’t that confident but while in Keele and working for Sanofi during my internships over the summer I gained lots of skills. The good thing about pharmacy is it’s such a versatile career because you are equipped with knowledge, clinical focus and good communication skills. The pharmacy course is a really intense course; it has a lot of content. They provide support on every level and I thought that was really good. Sanofi scholarship scheme is run by Sanofi UK. Its to fund a person from a poor background to go to University, in this case to study pharmacy. So we discussed the idea of doing something effectively Foundation Trust to help students who otherwise wouldn’t be able to get to University. Delighted to say it has been phenomenally successful. Myron came to us from Kenya. He was a recipient of an award from Sanofi which is a prestigious full scholarship. He had to work hard for this. He was selected from the field of several hundred students Out of those we picked the best candidate and I happy to say that was Myron. I saw an advertisement in the papers telling us about the Sanofi sponsorship, without it I would probably be somewhere else right now. I wouldn’t of gone to Uni. When I got the phone call that I had won the scholarship, I was overjoyed. The Keele School of Pharmacy in particular, there are many many aspects about teachers that we feel give a real life experience and will help ground people for the future. The teaching staff were really supportive. Whenever I go to staff a member for help they always just put in their best. They’re just amazing. It was really amazing feeling this morning to see Myron graduating from a grant that made that possible from Sanofi. It makes me feel extremely proud. I think it is really important that Sanofi and other pharmaceutical companies collaborate with Universities because that is where both new ideas and new people come from. Again it makes me very proud to be working in close association with this University. Coming first to the University environment and then going on the placements and Sanofi’s really showing him what he has to do to get on with the world. And I think that he has taken great strides in that. I think he is going to do well. I feel really optimistic about the future. My mind frame just the way of looking at opportunities just changed throughout the whole course and I am feeling really confident about just heading out there. For him it has opened a completely new world. For me personally it makes me very happy and its deeply satisfying. This is just the beginning for him and now hopefully he’s going want a successful career wherever in the world he chooses to go. I will definitely miss Keele. We had a lot of memories here.