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

Pain or Shine: A Poem.

Gut wrenching.

This pain is so thick and so hard that it seems neverending.

But it will.

It will end.

And in the end the rain will come to a screeching

halt.

You’ll know.

Life isn’t as hard as it seems to be. The truth is fuzzing

around the edges, but its there.

You can see.

You’re worth so much more than this mind-altering

feeling.

Breathe.

It’s all going to be okay.

Now your smile is so beautiful and it is shining

bright.

Even brighter.

Brighter than the most spectacular stars twinkling

at night.

You did it.

You’ve overcome that feeling, that gut wrenching

terrible

terrible

worst pain you’ve ever felt, feeling.

And you’re okay.

You’ll always be okay.

A Day In The Life: Summer 2017

Now let me tell you, my Summer has been extremely, extremely long and boring. However, I’ve been doing pretty well focusing on my health and making sure I complete my to-do list for starting pharmacy school. So here’s a little insight into what my Summer life consists of.

Wake Up. I have been waking up between 8 AM and 10 AM every day this Summer, and let me tell you, it has been the best decision. I’m able to get so much done just waking up before lunch.

Work Out. I haven’t been doing a super strenuous workout, but I have been doing a 30-day Ab and Squat challenge, and riding my bike around my neighborhood for cardio.

Breakfast. I’ve been going back and forth between a bunch of different breakfasts. Lately though, I’ve been eating oatmeal pancakes and a fruit smoothie with ItWorks Greens blended in (these are my GO-TO for a healthy smoothie).

Plan The Day. I had so much that I was supposed to get done before Pharmacy School, so I’ve been planning my days to make sure I get everything done. (PS: I have! Except for the summer work I haven’t been given yet).

Lunch. So, my lunch hasn’t really been the most healthy, but it’s to die for. I’ve been toasting some bread and smoothing on some peanut butter and some marshmallow fluff. I pair this with some water and some fruit of some sort.

Whatever I Have Planned For The Day. Most days, this consists of dogsitting/babysitting and watching Netflix for forever, but on certain days I’ve been going to the doctor to get my necessary vaccinations for Grad School and doing other things for school. Also, I sometimes go hang out by my pool.

Dinner. Now, my dinners vary so much, but most of the time it’s some form of chicken b/c chicken is the G.O.A.T.

Family. After dinner, I’ve been watching tv or movies with my parents because these are the things I’m going to miss when I move out next Summer.

That’s about all I’ve been up to, and I can’t wait for school to start so I can have even more structure to my day.

Stay Golden,

Emily