Thursday, March 29, 2012
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
The 2nd semester has started and after last week the P1s are ready for spring break. This semester is more science intensive that most of us enjoy but the pace of exams has increased to very other week. While I enjoy pharmaceutics, studying for a quiz in this class is like studying for an exam since all the material is fair game and the quiz is only 6 questions long. This last week was a bit much. I don't know whether it was preplanned by our professors as a test to determine whether our study habits are adequate or if it was a large coincidence.
- Monday: Pharmaceutics Practical Exam
- Tuesday: Pharmacogenomics Exam
- Thursday: Pharmaceutics quiz
- Friday: IBHS quiz
- Monday: IBHS Exam
While most of us are looking forward to summer, some of us P1s (myself included) have decided to pursue our MBA in the joint program here at Shenandoah University. We commit to spending every other weekend in the summer (August is our off month) in P1, P2, P3 years. If anyone is interesting in pursuing their PharmD & MBA together, definitely check out: http://pharmacy.su.edu/PharmWeb/indexmenu/NavIndex.cfm?fuseaction=PharmDMBA
The only drawback is that a bachelor's degree is needed to be accepted into the MBA program but the school is willing to work with those who are close to receiving their degree so you can finish coursework before the beginning of your P1 year.
I hope to post more this semester.
Enjoy the warmish 50˚F weather while it lasts.
Monday, February 13, 2012
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
I'm excited to be writing for the Life at BJD blog! I am a P1 student at the Ashburn campus and a native from NJ. These past few weeks have been very busy for us P1s. Between midterms and assignments, I know all of us have been amazed that somehow we are managing to get everything done and on time! It seems like every week we have something new added to our plates.
Life here at the Ashburn campus is different from the Winchester campus. We have a smaller class size so we know each other well but many commute so it doesn't necessarily have a university campus feel like Winchester does. We are lucky though. We get our classes through video conference when the professors are in Winchester and sometimes they visit! When they visit, it really gives us a chance to get to know them since we are hardly ever on the Winchester campus.
There are lots of pharmacy organizations and many of their activities are on the Winchester campus. On Nov. 5th, AMCP held the Mentor/Mentee Luncheon and Mock Interviews. The Mentor/Mentee program pairs an undergraduate student with a pharmacy student so the undergraduate can get insight in what it's like to apply to pharmacy school, help preparing for interviews, or ask questions about pharmacy in general.
A friend made this comment to me and I realize now know how true it is. Pharmacy school is like being on train. Once you are on it, It keeps moving unless you get a break, graduate, or fall off of it.
I'm definitely looking forward to winter break but for now I have to get back to studying for Pharmaceutics. No scheduled stops until Thanksgiving!
Sunday, November 6, 2011
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
This is my first blog entry for SU BJD! Exciting! My friend and I are trying to keep our eyes open while we study tonight, which is quite a challenge. It's been a busy past few weeks and continue to be for another couple of weeks with midterms upon us. Thankfully, we have a 4-day weekend (aka "Fall break") that will help us to recuperate and recharge between midterm exams. I knew P3 year was going to be tough, but at the same time, I guess I didn't know exactly what to expect. It's not crazy, impossibly difficult, or else I would be crying right now, but the courses are demanding and require a great deal of continual diligence. We're down 2 midterms, and have 4 more to go, including one being tomorrow morning!! I can't wait until fall break (in 3 days)!!! Yes, I'm counting down. We're in desperate need of the break.
I've been doing a lot of reflecting on SU BJD lately (maybe I'm becoming nostalgic as I am nearing graduation - haha~ in a little more than a year), but I'm really grateful to the professors and the staff. Things aren't perfect and some things seem unfair are times, but I think they're doing a good job overall with teaching and guiding us.
Well, back to studying! Wish the P3's good luck on our midterms!!!
"Success comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it." - Henry David Thoreau (philosopher)