A Pharmacy Jingle Bells

Two weeks ago, the Duluth class recorded this gem for our final project in Social and Administrative Pharmacy. So much more enjoyable than taking a final exam!


Bentleyville Fun!!

As finals are less than a week away it’s nice to take some time to destress and bring a little bit of reality into your life! I invited my family up to Duluth for the weekend to go to Bentleyville! I have never had the time to go over the last few years and as this may be my last year in Duluth I figured I had to go! What is Bentleyville you may ask? It is a free holiday light show in Bayfront Park in Duluth. The whole night is free full of hot chocolate, cookies, popcorn, you can make your own smore, ice skate, and see Santa!!


I wanted to get the whole Bentleyville experience! There is a train that leaves from the Fitger building that takes you to Bentleyville and brings you back.


Sorry not the best picture-it’s the only one I took on the train. It was my little sister’s first time on a train! She was a little worried the train would tip over (oh to have 9 year old worries!!) However, we made it to the park and back in one piece!!

The night was so much fun! According to the news the day we went had record setting attendance of 18,000 people visiting just Saturday night!! My camera doesn’t take the best pictures but here are a few others from the night.

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Here is one great photo from the Bentleyville people themselves!


Now that I’ve had a bit of fun it’s time to study for finals. We have 3 finals this year as third year students-Pharmacotherapy, Med Agents, and Biopharm. The therapy final is on the psychiatric unit, Med Agents is focusing on antibiotics and antifungals, and Biopharm has a variety of subjects. Hopefully they all go well.

So much Phood

Hello everyone!

Greetings from Minneosta! While I would love to say “Greetings from California” like my fellow blogger Susan, I won’t be allowed to say that for another 11 days. but 11 days? how did the semester fly by so quick? It is hard to believe that we are on our last week of classes.  While in undergrad it seemed that the impending doom of finals slowly built up week by week, I don’t have the same sense of fear this year; while I have some tests and assignments in the next week, I will dare say that the worst is behind us…… for this semester that is.

It seems to be a bit of a theme that I always update this blog right before a big test and tonight is no exception… consistency, right?   We have a final tomorrow in Social and Administrative Pharmacy,  but luckily it is open book and oral so I don’t plan on losing any sleep over it.  Anyways, what I did I do this past week? Apparently I decided I was in culinary school instead of pharmacy, getting my FooD instead of PharmD, because all I did (besides the usually amount of schoolwork) was cook…but it was all for a good cause.

Sunday: Cooks for Kids at the Ronald MacDonald House in Minneapolis with Kappa Psi.  The Ronald MacDonald house of Minneapolis is a beautiful facility that allows families whose children are in the hospital for extended periods of time to have a home away from home. The Cooks for Kids program provides the families with a home cooked each night .   It was great giving back to the community and I had a fun time whipping together some awesome chili mac with my Kappa Psi brothers.

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Chef Bin ensuring the quality of his preparations.

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The whole gang in our fancy aprons  


Monday: No one is ever hungry in pharmacy school.  Even for our Kappa Psi meetings on Tuesday nights we have sign-ups to bring treats to meetings.  My friend and I volunteered this week and had a grand old time making pumpkin snickerdoodles (contrary to popular belief, every season is pumpkin season) and Oreo cheesecake cookiedough bars… enough said.

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Tuesday: eat bars and cookies at meeting.  Happiness ensues.

Wednesday: Pinterest what I am going to make for….

Thursday: Bake more desserts. While it somehow eluded me to take pictures of the butterscotch cookies and brown butter Nutella I made, they both turned out pretty dandy.  These were for a bake sale for the CARE for Haiti trip, a service trip that some students take over spring break where they set up a pharmacy for a village in Haiti.

Friday: Day of bakesale! I was lucky enough to see the bakesale in action while giving a tour for interview day! I love being a student ambassador and showing around and answering questions prospective students and my future colleagues… pharmacy is a small world.  As an added bonus to this great week, this past Friday was my interview-ersary, marking the exact Friday that I interviewed up in Duluth.  It seems like yesterday I experienced sub-zero temperatures for the first time as a nervous little interviewee.  Now, I think 30 degrees seems tropical.  What a difference a year makes.

Saturday: Continue to fulfill my role as that friend who always bakes dessert on people’s birthday.  This time it was the Birthday of my trusty guest blogger Keith, so to follow up on Swetha-cake I made last week, this week we had Keith-cake. Keith-cake helped soothe his sorrows after his Wisconsin Badgers had a less than stellar performance against The Ohio State.   I’m still getting used to this whole Big10 football thing, but it is pretty cool watching the Gophers or teams that the gophers have played recently (the badgers and the buckeyes) on TV.

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Back to my homework.

Meanwhile, in California……

Hey what’s up peeps! Just wanted to say hi from the Golden State! We’re here in Anaheim, California, attending the ASHP Midyear meeting! Absolutely loving the sun! Will do a full update after the meeting! 🙂





After a nice long weekend at home that flew by way too fast, I must admit that as much as I love going home, I love coming back to Duluth even more! I can not believe how quickly Duluth has become home for me over the last four years, but it has.  At no time does this become more evident than during the Christmas season.  After four years of attending Bentleyville during December, I realized that it no longer feels like Christmas until I have walked through this year’s light display! This year was extra special, as my Dad finally got to experience the magic of Bentleyville with me!


With only 2 weeks left of classes (where did the semester go?), attending Bentleyville is a great way to remind myself even during the stress of final exams and projects, that Christmas will soon be here as well!