Maintaining My Sanity in Pharmacy School

Who would have thought that I would be in my first year of Pharmacy School at 20 years old. It’s a little tricky to juggle being a graduate student with still living the life a 20-year old wants to be living, but I’m doing it.

Going to graduate school at the same university that I completed my undergrad career is very difficult at times. I still have so many friends that are still completing their undergraduate studies, and sometimes it’s hard for them to understand how hard I have to work. This provides one of the major challenges in my life. You have to learn when its essential to say yes and when its essential to say no.

You can’t do everything. I’m slowly learning that I cannot stretch myself too thin. I was put in the position where I had to go alumna in my sorority and leave that part of my college career behind because I’ve decided to run for president of my P1 (pharmacy year 1) class, and I really think that it is an amazing opportunity to grow as an individual and as a leader. I love all of my Phi Mu sisters; I know that I will always have them in my life, but at this point in my life I have to contribute to the sorority as an alumna. And that’s okay! It’s okay to figure out what is most important in your life and focus on everything that gets you to your dreams.

However, you have to do things that make you happy. You can’t focus only on school. So, I make sure to save some free time every day to do things that help me stay happy, healthy, and sane in the midst of all of the stress. I’ve been attending group workout classes once or twice a week, watching a little bit of Netflix, hanging out with my friends/roommates, and getting more in touch with my faith.

I know its only been a few weeks, but I feel as if I’m managing my time well. I’ve been extremely happy in these first few weeks of school, and I hope I continue to maintain my good attitude about all of it.

I just keep reminding myself that this is the dream I’ve had since 5th grade and that I’m going to make a fantastic pharmacist as long as I push myself to be the best I can be in all aspects of my life.

Stay Golden,

Emily

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