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June 01, 2009

Helping others is just the way it is

South University Newsroom

Bill Trinh
Doctor of Pharmacy
Savannah Campus
Class of 2009

As a young boy in California, Bill Trinh grew up working at his family’s delicatessen.  “Working for my mom helped me mature.  I started out making sandwiches and by the time I was in high school, I was managing pretty much everything.  From junior high on, I worked and went to school – it was the normal way of life - and now, I’m thankful for that time. I can see how my experience organizing and managing the deli helped me become a good leader, especially when it came time to leave my home.”  

Bill left California in 2006 and headed to Savannah, Georgia, to attend South University’s School of Pharmacy. He is now at the University of Kentucky in Lexington completing the first five-week rotation in his training to become a pharmacist.  

“When I was growing up, I learned how to serve people – and when I moved to Georgia, that sense of helping others and showing hospitality to others is definitely one of the things I’ve learned to appreciate even more as I develop in my career. I like to think the desire to help others is part of my nature. The practice is certainly part of South University culture. You just don’t find that same sentiment in abundance everywhere in the world.”

Now, 26-year old Bill serves as the president of South University’s chapter of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (www.su-gshp.org).  Alongside a group of very devoted and close-knit pharmacy colleagues, Bill inspires his chapter to serve locally as well as internationally. For example, recently South’s ASHP chapter completed a heartburn awareness project where their story was featured on WTOC 11’s Live with Sonny and Jody.

“We’ve started several international outreach initiatives, fundraising for impoverished areas in Ethiopia and Vietnam for starters. We also want to serve locally, and one of our goals is to provide as much information about pharmacy residencies as possible to our colleagues who are trying to isolate a specialty within the field.”

“After graduation, I’ll enter a pharmacy residency program. I’m open to traveling just about anywhere. Clearly, I’ve always been a bit of a wanderer, but ultimately my career goal is to split my time between practicing pharmacy and teaching.”

Bill has always considered himself somewhat of an explorer. “One of the biggest gifts that I’ve gotten from studying at South University, besides the incredible relationships and support from colleagues and faculty, is a new awareness about my future. In the past, I used to hope for a place to go, and now I know exactly where I want to go. I have supreme confidence in where I am headed.  My experience at South has crystallized my desire to be an advocator and leader in the field of pharmacy.”