What happens when you have a million giant flat-screen TVs in a classroom…

You watch winter olympics on them! Making very good use of the interactive learning classroom ๐Ÿ™‚





Fall semester of PD2 and Minnesota winter! After having gone through the toughest semester of pharmacy school, I’m glad to say that we all survived! It’s going to be a piece of cake from now on (or not)!ย I hope everyone had a great winter break! I know I did! Got 8+ hours of sleep every night has never felt this good ๐Ÿ™‚ ย And on top of that, two days of cold days right after the beginning of spring semester? YES!!!! More catch up time!

What’s great about the spring semester is that we have a significant lighter course load. While I’m not saying that the materials are easy, the fact that we are done everyday at noon definitely allows us more time to do things, including taking electives! I’ve decided to take an OTC course and as the title suggests…. yep, you’re right. It’s about OTC. This is the last year that the College of Pharmacy is offering this course since OTC medications are now in the new curriculum. Although I am interested in working at a hospital setting in the future, I thought it’d be helpful to have some knowledge in OTC medications! It’ll definitely come in handy when your family and friends ask for OTC advice ๐Ÿ™‚

Until next time… Stay warm!

Pictures of the week:
(From upper left corner, going in clock-wise direction)

1. Excuse me while I escape to Texas! Soaking up the sun!
2. I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to try the BEST TASTE APPLE. Not really sure if it’s really the best taste but it sure has the weirdest color.
3. First Friday party at PDX.
4. Celebrating my roommate’s birthday.

One more thing! Check out this new student life video. I promise that this video is so awesome that it’ll make you want to apply to the University of Minnesota!

Did you know…

that in Angola, only 18% of the population are equipped with clean water, sanitation, and hygiene?
that in India, the mortality rate is high due to sanitation issues?
that in all over the world, health issues lead to productivity loss and economic loss?

Global Health Case Competition is an event held in the Twin Cities campus where interdisciplinary teams from different schools at the University of Minnesota come together to research and present a case based on global health issues. This year, the challenge was to develop foreign investment in sanitation that will contribute to China’s prosperity. We were asked to devise a 5-year-plan for the company in China that will improve the sanitation in foreign countries and benefit the economy in China. The case was released last Monday, and we met for a couple hours everyday to prepare a PowerPoint presentation. During this time, Xuran and Michael researched on the financial data and statistics of China’s foreign relationship with Angola and India; Robin and Dan researched about the social marketing and how to advertise and sustain these technological implementations. Jay and I researched about the sanitation issues in India and China and put together graphs and charts. We were sure that we had our first place.

We arrived in the Twin Cities around 11:00 pm and practiced our case presentation until about 1:30 pm. Then we briefly read the biographies of our judges and went into present. It was nerve-wrecking to be standing in front of the judges, but I had researched this all week and became passionate about it. After our presentation, we stayed to watch the top two teams’ presentations. After the day was over, we headed over to a Chinese restaurant in St.Paul to celebrate the Chinese New Years.

All in all, it was surprising to see that some of the things that are taken granted in the U.S, such as toilets in the house and clean water, are urgently needed in other countries that without them, their economy and health suffer. It was a good opportunity to learn about the immediate issues as well as the business aspects of implementing technologies and targeting the consumers’ needs. I also had a chance to meet and get to know the students from other departments, and spend a good amount of time with them before and after the presentation. I would do it again next year.

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Photo to credit by Amy Scheller