What do I wish I knew before starting Pharmacy School? That’s a loaded question. There are several things that I wish I knew about the profession and pharmacy school in general before I started, but here’s a list of the most important ones to me.
1. You don’t have to work in a pharmacy during school, but you can get so much out of it if you do.
Throughout my first year of pharmacy school, I didn’t work in a pharmacy at all except for my one-month community IPPE rotation. I didn’t feel like I would have the time. However, this year I did get a job and honestly, I have gotten a lot out of the experience. I work on the weekends as a Pharmacy Intern at a local community pharmacy, and I’m actually able to put the skills and knowledge that I’ve learned into practice.
2. Doing research with a professor can be rewarding, even if you had never had an interest in it before.
I never thought that I would be one to want to do research, but my advisor talked me into doing an educational research project with one of my professors, and I’m truly grateful for the opportunity. There are many different types of research that I really didn’t think about before. I’m glad that I was introduced to this.
3. Grades don’t matter as much as truly understanding the information. (You can’t always be a 4.0 student).
Throughout my whole life, I’ve cared about my grades. They’ve always been very important to me, but as time goes on in school, I realize more and more that there are much more valuable experiences that I can have that will mean more to me than my grades when I graduate. I’ve participated in lots of immunization clinics, become Vice President of a Christian Service Sorority, and I’ve worked hard at my new job. Just think, if I would have let grades (not knowledge) be the sole purpose of my life, I would have never branched out and done these things. (PS: Don’t worry, I’m still working hard at school).
4. You can get a whole lot out of it, or you can just do enough to get through it.
This kinda goes along with all of the numbers before this one. You can just stay in school, not be involved, and just get what you need to graduate. OR you can do other things and get a whole lot more out of your experience. It is totally up to you, and I know and love people who are doing both of these things.
5. You need to be open-minded about everything. Your views will probably change.
When I started pharmacy school, I was dead-set against working in a hospital. I have never really liked them. However, I’m hoping now that my hospital IPPE rotation this summer will give me a good insight into what it’s like. I’m trying to keep an open mind about it all.
If you have any other things to add, definitely comment them below.