Becoming a Pharmacist: check!

Hello everyone! On the day of my completion of the “Becoming a Pharmacist” orientation course, I thought I would give everyone an update on the past few weeks in pharmacy school.  I will start with what is the most fresh in my mind: yesterdays’s White Coat Ceremony!  Receiving my white coat was a fantastic way to put closure to the “Becoming a Pharmacist” course; since the ceremony was our official “entry into the profession”, I think it only makes sense that we spent the past three weeks learning about all the aspects of the field so we really knew what we are getting into when we finally got to put on the coat!

Also, that morning in class we spent an hour learning about networking and mentoring  from 13 of the most prominent pharmacists in the state; what better way to spend the last few hours before our official entry into the profession than with some of the most accomplished and innovative pharmacists in the state (and country!)   Sitting in the room and personally connecting with each of our individual tables were multiple directors of pharmacy in local hospitals, owners of independent pharmacists, and even a former president of MPhA… no big deal.

While the white coat represents our entry into the profession, it also represents the beginning of our new “job” for the next four years as a pharmacy students. The “Becoming a Pharmacist” class definitely involved its fair share of assignments, but most of them have been creative and reflective.  Starting Monday, we switch gears completely and dive into classes like Drug Delivery, Biochemistry and Pharmaceutical care: just a tad different than drawing on paper plates, writing letters to ourselves and making digital stories.  Regardless, I know both myself and all my other classmates are ready to take on the new challenges of our upcoming classes as we will  finally begin to gain the clinical skills and knowledge that serve as the foundation of our profession.

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This past week we have also been bombarded by alphabet soup.  By alphabet soup, I mean student organizations.  MPSO, MPSA, AMCP, APha, ASHP, the list goes on and on.   I am just becoming somewhat literate in the language of student organizations, which gets even more complicated when you throw a little bit of greek in there! (Phi Delta Chi, Kappa Epsilon and Kappa Psi are the names of Professional Fraternities on campus). Regardless, us P1s are all happily learning about all these different organizations… not only is it exciting to learn about all the different volunteer, networking and leadership opportunities available through these organizations, but the free pizza, cookies, Chinese food and dilly bars does not hurt ether.

Hopefully, by the time I blog again, I will have a better idea on what organizations I plan to join.  As tempting as it is to do EVERYTHING, I understand that being a part of a few organizations that I am truly passionate about trumps being loosely involved in everything (although, I would never have to bring lunch if I did everything!)  MPSA president and P3 student Ernie Ruiz  shared a relevant quote by Martina Navratilova  during his speech at the White Coat Ceremony: “The difference between involvement and commitment is like ham and eggs. The chicken is involved; the pig is committed.”  Thus, I plan to embrace my inner Pig (as weird as that sounds) and choose a few organizations to commit to that can provide an opportunity for me to grow as a pharmacist and a leader.

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And what I have been doing in the rest of the hours of the day when I am not at school or working on projects? Along with enjoying the new U and Mn recreation center (which is basically two gyms in one) and finally mastering the tunnel system, I also went to the famous Minnesota State Fair. Some highlights from the fair:

1)  I got suckered in to buying a fancy ceramic plate that can magically puree garlic and ginger….the saleswomen definitely had “woo” as one of her strengths… this is referring to another activity we did in “Becoming a Pharmacist”  in which we discovered our top five strengths from the Strengthfinder 2.0 book.

2) Baby pigs… enough said

3) Fried food…   The theme at the fair seems to be that if you cannot eat it on a stick or if it isn’t fried, you shouldn’t be eating it…. unless they are sweet Martha’s cookies.  Those are allowed.

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Anyways, I am going to spend a nice weekend relaxing before the grind of pharmacy begins.  Go gophers!

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  1. Nancy Evans

     /  September 10, 2014

    How wonderful to get a taste of what you are doing. I am very excited about it all myself…so can only imagine it from your perspective. Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy…love, grandma.

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