Q&A with Sam Eberwein, Campbell pharmacy student and football player

Why Campbell?

Having the opportunity to be a student-athlete was a major factor in my decision to attend Campbell University. I choose a career path in pharmacy because it would allow me to combine my passion for serving others with my love for science.

What’s it like to play football here?

It has been an incredibly exciting journey to play a major role in an up-and-coming football program. Each year I've been here we have made great strides in taking the program in the right direction. I look forward to coming back years from now to see Campbell University football continuing to compete at the standard we have set for future athletes.

What position do you play?

I am the University's placekicker. I kick the field goals and kickoffs.

What’s your number?

I wear number 7.

How do you balance football and pharmacy school?

Time management plays a crucial role during my fall semester. I have to balance a schedule of classes, studying, weightlifting, football practice, organization meetings, athletic meetings, and any other opportunity that comes along. I really love having weights at 5:30 in the morning because it gets my blood flowing and I am ready to take on the day. For me, it is great to go from pharmacy school in the morning to football practice in the afternoon. By the time I finish practice, I am ready to study.

Was your P1 year what you expected?

My P1 year was difficult in the beginning as I expected, but once I adjusted to the demands of pharmacy school, balancing athletics with academics was second nature.  Pharmacy school and football are both mentally demanding enterprises, and I found out that they complement each other as stress relievers. I also managed to find time in my schedule to pledge Kappa Psi. I am also a member of APhA, SSHP and PASA, and serve as PSEB’s parliamentarian.

Do you travel to away games?

I have traveled to every away game we've played since joining the team in 2009. P1 year was an interesting experience as far as test schedules. I missed two of Dr. Chazotte’s tests in the fall, but he worked with me on making them up. I am fortunate that he was very helpful in allowing me to take them on a different day.

What do you plan to do after you graduate?

I plan on looking for a residency opportunity (and eventually a career) in a field that I am interested in. Currently, have an interest in oncology and nuclear pharmacy, but I am still researching new opportunities to gain a better understanding of the direction I want to go in when I graduate.

Any other thoughts?

It’s my senior year eligibility on the football team. I’m not ready to be done, but ready to be a senior. It’s a really exciting time and I know it will be over before I know it.


Photo by Bennett Scarborough