reason graduate 'Rita T.' has a
nickname among her S.C. College of
Pharmacy (SCCP) Class of 2012.
For some reason her Russian name,
Margarita Taburyanskaya, gets
people tongue tied. The nickname
just makes it easier, she said
smiling. She has learned to make
many such adjustments since
leaving her home in the Ural
PharmD, was studying nuclear
physics in Russia, but thought it
was boring. She came to America in
2001 as an exchange student,
working in Myrtle Beach at a small
restaurant. She had friends there
who had connections. "You are 19
and it was a lot of fun," she
said, smiling. She was to return
two more times on trips and during
one of those visits learned about
SCCP's program. She decided that
was the challenge she wanted and
enrolled in September 2008.
Dr. Rita T. has her
eyes on the final goal:
opportunities for research.
She didn't let
cultural or language differences
hold her back. She has found it
enriching to have the cultural
exchange and feels a tolerance for
other cultures is very important
in a world that increasingly has
no borders, she said.
What did make
life challenging, though, was the
arrival of her daughter Emma two
years ago. Her husband manages a
restaurant in Myrtle Beach, so she
has carried most of the childcare
It's a lack of sleep. You have to
do what you have to do for school
and you have to give up something.
I give up sleep."
motherhood complicates being a
student, Taburyanskaya said she
has found time to participate in
class organizations. She was vice
president of three groups, the
Student National Pharmaceutical
Association, the Academy of
Student Pharmacists and the
Association of Community
Pharmacists during her third year.
She's very excited that she will
be doing a residency at MUSC.
She's interested in pursuing work
in the fields of infectious
diseases or critical care.
"I would like
to see more pharmacists who take
more responsibility with patient
care. There's more collaboration
with physicians and nurses, and I
think that's great."
SCCP has been a
wonderful learning environment.
She likes that lectures were
available electronically. "It's
doable, but you have to stay
organized. You have to stay on
time and multitask all the time. I
never sit down and just watch TV."
What she does
is rush from class to get her
daughter and then go to the
playground, dinner, bath, read a
book shift and then study from 9
p.m. to as long as she can stay
awake. "Then I wake up at 5:30 and
do it all over again."
Taburyanskaya just keeps her eye
on the final goal.
She likes how
fast-paced the field of pharmacy
is with the new drugs and
technologies. "There will be a lot
of opportunities for research.
It's the ultimate goal to do work
that helps to cure someone."