Thursday, November 29, 2012

Introduction

I actually got this idea from a couple friends. One of them was probably just exasperated with me at the moment and decided I should take my energy (and wit) and direct it into a blog. The other thought I should take my battle (and near victory) with Pharmacy School and write an advice blog for the younger generation about what to do and what to avoid when in the pharmacy program.


Also my cat thought it was a good idea... Meet Noob :)

Therefore, I took both suggestions seriously and am writing a witty, pithy, and dynamic blog about Surviving Pharmacy School. Or I'm just writing a blog about Surviving Pharmacy School and praying you find it "witty, pithy, and dynamic".

As a side note, I looked up the definition of "pithy" to make sure I'm using it right and I am. I knew taking AP Language in high school would help me one day!

Back to explaining my blog... I'm hoping that I will be able to help aspiring pharmacy students, current pharmacy students who just need a laugh and a pick me up, or pharmacy students that are struggling and ready to give up; which leads me to my opening thought/advice to you all.

Do not give up.

I know it gets hard, I know you have those tests where you studied so hard and for so long but you barely passed. I know you have those classes where the work just keeps piling on you no matter how many hours a night you study. I know about the teachers that can barely speak English, or the ones that can't even spell or pronounce the medications that they're supposed to be teaching you properly.

Basically, I know it sucks. But what sucks worse is giving up. I had so many times where I wanted to give up, go home and sleep. So many phone calls to my mom saying that I was going to drop out and go become a kick ass English teacher (I could have been awesome too. I mean, I used the word "pithy". Who does that?). I didn't though and I am so thankful that I didn't. This profession really is my passion. I love helping people and knowing that they can come to me for help or to answer questions. I love taking that extra step to make sure they know exactly what they are doing and can expect from their medications.

This profession is never about the money. It's about being the front-line, being the person both patients and health care providers (such as doctors and nurses) can come to with questions about medications, therapies, and treatments.

It's also about giving the insurance companies a scapegoat so they don't get yelled at all the time. But we'll get to that later...

Happy Studying and Good Luck to everyone taking finals soon!

~GPharmD