A Day in the Life of a Student Pharmacist (Pharmacy Student)

Generally, it’s expected that pharmacy students will never have it ‘easy.’ Some of us even work in a pharmacy or otherwise during what little free time we have. But for me, it’s stressful enough to just study and go to class all the time.

Here’s a glimpse into what a day in my life currently consists of:

Hit snooze on the alarm for the 3rd time. It’s 6:30 AM; you always set your alarms for 5:00 AM with high hopes that you’ll wake up and do something productive, but you never do.

A feeling of fatigue comes over you as you open your eyes and blink at the alarm on your bedside table a few times. Wow. Is that really the time? You feel as if you have only slept for 2 hours (even if it has been more). You rub your eyes and beg your body to get out of bed because you can’t afford to miss a class.

When you finally get the energy to get up and sluggishly walk into the kitchen to fix your coffee, you try to recall why you’re feeling so tired. You were up late every day this weekend studying for your exams. This is going to be rough. You try to shake the feeling that it’s going to be a long day when you hear your coffee finish brewing.

You finish fixing your coffee, and you start getting ready for the day. Again, you think that today is going to be a long day. It’s Tuesday. You have a Physiology exam at 7:45 and then you are stuck in that same class for 2 hours. Then after that, you have a brief lunch break and then it’s off to Case Recitation. It’s hard to imagine a world where your day doesn’t start at 7:45 AM and end at 4:00 PM, but it seems to be nowhere in sight.

After finishing off your cup of coffee, you try to make sense of the mess that is your hair. You run a brush through it and hope it will look decent enough. If you have time, you fix your makeup, and you’re on your way.

You make it to your exam with a few minutes to spare, but then you realize that you didn’t eat breakfast. You start digging around in your bag in hopes that you packed something that will hold you over. You pull out something totally unhealthy and nibble on it until your professor comes in to begin the exam.

After your exam is over, you walk down the hall and set your stuff out to begin studying for whatever exam is next on the agenda before class starts. It is a neverending cycle. Study for one exam, take it, study for another.

Finally, it’s time to start class. You pack up your things and head back into the room, where someone has taken the seat you’ve been sitting in since the beginning of the year. Go figure. You plant yourself in a seat closer to the back of the room and prepare yourself for the longest 2 hours of your life.

After class, you heat up your lunch and eat it with your friends. Lunch goes by so fast (as it always does) and it’s time to start the last class of the day. You try to pay attention, but all you can think about is the nap you so desperately need but cannot afford to take after class.

You get out of class and head back to your apartment. There, one of two things happens. You either start studying again, or you lay down in hopes of taking a quick nap and it turns into a 2-hour nap which you instantly regret.

After your nap, you try to study some more, but you get distracted by the hunger in your belly. Time to go get dinner. You meet some friends for dinner, but you have to rush off because you have to actually be productive and study.

You tell yourself you’re going to get to bed early, but it rarely happens. You either find yourself studying into the wee hours of the night, or you find that this is the only free time you have, so you have to use it to relax and spend some time on yourself.

Finally, you shower, pack up your bag for the next day, and pick out your outfit. You brush your teeth. You lay down in bed.

And finally, you set your alarm for 5:30 again…knowing it’s already 12AM or 2AM… knowing you won’t wake up that early, but still hoping you can get an early start.

You shut your eyes and dream of the days when you are an active pharmacist… happy, healthy, free.

You’re always trying to thrive, but honestly, it’s okay as long as you just survive.

Try to Stay Golden,

Emily

Repost: “15 Reasons Why You Should Date a Southern Girl”

My beautiful roommate, Raegan, posted this earlier in the year, and I really wanted to post it here so that y’all could see how wonderful she is (and how accurate this is) Love ya Rae! Check her out on The Odyssey Online and Her Own Personal Blog.
Southern girls will rock your world and impress your Mama.
The south has a lot to offer, and if you find the right girl, you might just end up staying! My county has a saying: a place to visit, a place to love, a place to live. So if you are still looking for the right place to live, and the right girl for you, here are 15 reasons you should date a southern girl, especially if she is from North Carolina.

1. Southern Accents

N.C. accents are actually quite cute. Southern belles with a drawl will keep a smile on your face!

 

2. The Sayings

The endless country sayings will have you laughing on the floor, and you will probably end up using a few yourself.

 

3. Family Recipes

Date a girl who has the secret pie recipe from her grandmother. At a young age, girls are taught that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.

 

4. Beach or Mountains, Take Your Pick

One of the great things about North Carolina is that you can turn a weekend into a quick vacation to either the mountains or the beach! Both are just a few hours away, and are perfect day trip dates.

 

5. Sporting Events

Here in the south, we go crazy over our football, baseball, and basketball games. We go all out! It isn’t an unusual sight to see someone decked out in camo. Also, during football season, Friday night dates are nonexistent. Unless you count watching the game as a date.

 

6. The Scenery

You don’t have to go down the road far until you run into a picturesque sight. Taking the scenic route on a date is a popular and romantic option.

 

7. Country Music

We sing it and dance to it. Country girls know how to shake it!

 

8. Charming Manners

Yes mam, no sir, please, and thank you. We know them all and know how to show respect when you bring us home to meet the parents.

 

9. Family Loyalty

Family ties run deep and when you get involved with a southern girl, just know that you quickly become a part of the family as well.

 

10. Sugar, Spice, But Not Always Nice

We’re cute. We’re sweet, but if you push us too far, we take a baseball bat to your truck….Just kidding! But, we aren’t scared to let our tempers fly when things are taken too far. Mama didn’t raise a pushover.

 

11. Sweet Tea

Ah, come to the south where the tea is sweet, but the girls are sweeter!

 

12. Cowgirl Attire Is Cute

Because who doesn’t love a girl in boots and a hat?

 

13. Can Handle The Heat

It gets super hot during the summer, but we know how to handle it and stay cool when you are sweating like a pig.

 

14. Just Enough Sass

We come with just enough sass to keep you on your toes. Besides, it would be boring if we weren’t sassy!

15. She’ll Go To Church With You

My favorite thing for a guy to say to me. One of the most important things you can do together as a couple and the hardest part is trying to decide whether you attend yours or her church each Sunday!”

 

Source: The Odyssey Online; 15 Reasons Why You Should Date a Southern Girl

 

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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