Work Hard, Play Hard

Hello Everyone!

This is my first post of the year and things have definitely been off to an exciting and challenging start.

About a week and a half ago we had a two day orientation which ended in a White Coat Ceremony inside of the TCF Bank Stadium. On the first day of orientation a hospital pharmacist gave a very motivating talk where she described one patient who she had closely worked with for many years that requested the pharmacists approval for all of his medications. This pharmacist would answer that patients calls at any time of the day and he showed his gratitude by sending her hand drawn Christmas cards. The talk brought many of our classmates-myself included to tears.

The White Coat Ceremony was a very special moment for our class too- it signified our entrance into the profession of pharmacy and was very gratifying as it was a symbol of success after many long and hard hours in undergrad spent studying, working and volunteering. We took quite a few pictures in the stadium. Afterwards several of us classmates met up to go downtown and continue to get to know one another.

School began the following Tuesday and I have to say that I was probably one of the few students who underestimated the volume of coursework. I also began working that week as a Target pharmacy technician- where I will hopefully transition into an intern after 1st year. The first week was tough because there are 7 science-based courses now instead of the usual 2 or 3 in undergrad, meetings for student organizations occur almost every day over the lunch period, and many of my friends planned after school social activities or study groups.

Although school is definitely challenging it is very interesting and the work is all relevant to your profession which makes it pretty easy to stay motivated. I even notice a difference in myself beginning to act more professionally and think like a health care provider.

At the end of the first week Phi Delta Chi, a professional pharmacy fraternity hosted the First Friday Party with the theme of If I weren’t a pharmacist, I would be a… Four close friends and I decided to go as a US Olympic Swim Team and ended up winning the title for best dressed! It was a lot of fun-  was able to meet many second and third years and also ended up seeing an old co workers there.

Philosophy for the Upcoming Week: Improve a little bit each day.

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