“Tell ‘em what they’ve won….NERDS!”

Hello Everyone- long time no write! These last few weeks I have been darn busy with stuff like….

Volunteering at a Health Fair! Below is Operation Diabetes at the Little Earth Strong Health Fair:

Photo Oct 30, 6 17 27 PMBaking treats for my wonderful roommate’s birthday (flashback to my food blog days!)

Photo Oct 30, 11 38 40 PMAnd doing undisclosed activities for my Kappa Psi informal initiation.  Where am I?

Photo Nov 01, 7 04 48 PM


One of the main skills we learn in pharmacy school is resourcefulness. We might not be able to learn about all that many drugs in our first year, but boy do we know how to find out the information if we need it! thank you Micromedex! The same goes for me right now: I am a bit too drained from this weekend to write a whole poem or an entire witty, punny post that chronicles my past few weeks, but good thing I know where to look to find someone who wants to have a moment of internet fame! Here is the first of potentially many (depending on how many hits this gets… pressure is on Keith) guest blog posts.  If you don’t remember Keith, he also had a starring role in my poem “Twas the night before biochem“:

My name is Keith Behrend and I was able to somehow sequester (definitely a buzz word for the upcoming Biochem exam) a guest blog spot from Hilary, so let’s see how this goes.  I am a first year pharmacy student on the Twin Cities campus and am originally from Madison in the greatest state ever, Wisconsin.  I went to UW-Madison where I earned my degree in Biochemistry in 2013 then took a year off to work a full time job as an assistant scientist in a university-run cancer research lab. Having been from the Midwest, I will hopefully be able to have a different outlook on certain aspects of living in Minneapolis that my blog counterpart, having been coddled by sunshine and warmth all these years in California, might not.

unnamed1I’ll first talk about what everyone in Minnesota can discuss from hours on end: the weather.  The weather in the Midwest is forever unpredictable and this week was no exception.  The week started being fairly warm in the mid 60s and slowly migrated to being 37 by Friday.


Having been from Madison, WI I have a vast experience with this crazy Midwest weather and really feel for my blog counterpart and everyone in our class who has never experienced temperatures sub 40 degrees.  I say that because when I arrive to class in just a sweatshirt, I see others bundled up in winter coats, hats, gloves etc.  Boy, are they going to be in for a surprise in a few weeks when the temperature gets closer to 0.

We also celebrated some Halloween festivities this week with the rest of our pharmacy class.  A group of friends and I went as contestants from the ever-popular, and ever-amazing, game show “Legends of the Hidden Temple”.


 These costumes really brought me back to my childhood of when Nickelodeon and Disney channel shows were actually good, not the Hannah Montana stuff that is on nowadays.  The thrill of having a chance to win a trip to space camp was ever real on this night, as was the dismal memory of the last place prizes.  Upon further research (YouTube videos of old episodes of the show) I can’t imagine the horror of some of those parents who traveled all the way to Universal studios so their children could compete, only to see their darling purple parrots come away with nothing but a box of Nerds or a container of Nesquick.  I mean just check out the clip, “Tell ‘em what they’ve won….NERDS!”

Seriously, nothing more demoralizing than that.

I,of course, went as a Silver Snake.  This stems from our teams that we have for some of our classes this semester.  The teams are separated into tables (13 in the Twin Cities and 7 in Duluth) where we work together to solve drug therapy problems, among other things.  These teams were put together “randomly” based on a survey everyone had to fill out about their strengths; but,in all honesty, I have no idea how it could have been random because  my team is clearly winning the non-existent competition of which team would be the greatest interprofessional (another Buzzword perhaps?) unit.  Anyways, every team was able to pick their own names.  Some of them are clever to include pharmacy puns or references such as GriPHARMdor, RhinoceRX and PharmD^3 (Shout-out to Amanda from Duluth, you rock). Anyways, our team decided on “Silver Snakes” for our team name and we even have our own hand signal to promote solidarity among our members.  How could I not represent them both inside and outside of class ?

A little background on the Silver Snakes from the show though: It is often said that all the kids who were part of the Silver Snakes back in the day  went on to be Division 1 athletes at some point.  If this were the Hunger Games, you could say that they would be from District 1 or 2.  I wouldn’t be surprised if Aaron Rodgers or LeBron was a silver snake back in the day, just sayin’.  Enough about my team pride though- it was just a great chance to get together with everyone and relax from the hectic weeks that we had just had.

There were a few friendly competitions amongst the teams as well.  Hildawg and I were paired together and I think that everyone lost confidence when they found out they would be playing what is now known as team “Killary”, which strikes fear into everyone.  We swept the competition obviously, holding up the high expectations from LeBron and A Rodge who have just been confirmed as Silver Snakes back in the day (Source: Micromedex).

On another front, I have continued my streak of joining every intramural team available and started basketball and 6v6 volleyball this week.  I am proud to say the Hemoglobin Trotters started off on the right foot as we won our first basketball game.  What we lacked in our conditioning, we made up for in overall height, which is what really matters in basketball anyways.  Inhalers will be brought for next week as a preemptive measure because let’s be honest, none of us are going to be conditioning for our game next week.  In 6v6 volleyball, we went on to 2-0.  Now, volleyball is much more along my current conditioning level,  as the only movement really is the rotation from position to position.  I like to sometimes make it a brisk walk to help myself feel like I am accomplishing something.  All this just shows that with a little time management, modulation (killin’ it with the buzz words) and focus, the schoolwork is never too much to hinder us from having some fun outside of class.
I’m really taking up a lot of space on this GoDogBlog but what a great opportunity it has been and hopefully the second half of the semester is just as great as the first half!

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