Thursday, December 30, 2010

Annnnd Break!

Enough about school! Let's talk about break!

I forgot how amazing school breaks are. Sure I still have to pull my days in the trenches of retail pharmacy, but they are by far less draining when you are no longer a full time employee. The best part about break, besides avoiding any studying that may be sitting on my desk, is SNOWBOARDING!

The only downside is transportation. Living in two different states (very far apart) means I leave my car behind. I miss the days when I could just take off for the day to hit the slopes because I felt like it. Now I need to find transportation. Lame. With school taking up most of my life, snowboarding has been put in the back burner, but I think it may change when I come back from break.

Being the over analytical, meticulous students we are, we've planned trips around when we could go and not jeopardize our grades. I'm so excited. I really want a new snowboard, and I am tucking away some money for it. Probably not the best idea when I'm in a ton of debt from school loans.

I'm just stoked to go snowboarding tomorrow. I miss my board.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Reality check

Some days I really wonder what is going to happen to the profession I've chosen and worked so hard to get into. I am legitimately frightened that many future graduates will do nothing, but pull down the profession as a whole. I'm not the brightest crayon in the box, nor the sharpest tool in the shed. I've had a long hard fight to get where I am today. I had a second year look at me in disbelief at how genuinely excited I was to have made the Dean's List. Then she didn't believe me when I told her it was the first time. Ever.

My undergrad GPA was less than stellar, and barely met the minimum requirements. The only reason it went slight over the minimum requirements is because I spent 3 years post-undergrad working my ass off and going to school to bring up my GPA.

Most of my classmates now don't believe me when I tell them my undergrad GPA was atrociously bad. I'll admit it, I've failed more than one course. It's not something I go telling people at school, but I find it interesting that someone like me has been able to shake off that not so stellar past and have succeeded beyond even my own expectations. So far. I study harder than most people think I do. I really hate it when people write off all that hard work I put in to me "just being smart". Right-o buddy. They can believe whatever they want.

I guess when people say some of the people that had the mediocre or low GPA really shine in pharmacy school were right. I love the profession and I am damn excited and terrified of all the new information to come in the next few years.

I just hope some of the fools pick up a thing or two, get some real life experience and make themselves a useful professional in the next 3 years.

What do they call a pharmacy student that graduates with a 2.0? Doctor/Pharmacist.

But to be honest, GPA isn't everything. It's what you learn and how you are able to apply it. I'm just slightly scared that I can single out a few people I hope to whatever deity that never have someone's life in their hands because they can't tell a capsule from a suppository. My preceptor was genuinely shocked that I knew basic counseling points on antibiotics. Those are some low standards. Apparently one of my classmates almost switched a two patients' medications at their site, warfarin and atenolol. Thank god it was caught. We've covered warfarin and atenolol several times in different courses. Several. The fact that she couldn't comprehend the consequences of that mistake had it been given to the patient makes me want to slap her.

If only common sense was a skill that could be taught.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Rainbows and Sunshine

Blah, for whatever reason, my motivation to study has gone way down the drain. I think it may have to do with being freaking sick for the past few days. I just feel like crap.

It doesn't help that some of the courses we are taking are so dry and boring that I have trouble staying awake. I can't wait until we get into more interesting courses. I'm excited for my possible electives next quarter, which doesn't even freaking start until way into next year lol. I've already made my top three choices for next quarter instead of studying. hahaha

I can't wait for winter break, even though we have assloads of exams before break (this week), I still have to study during my break. Boo! I just want to hit the slopes and enjoy life for a bit. The first bit of this new quarter has been exhausting. Not being done until 9 or 10 pm when we start our day really freaking early in the morning sucks.

In other news, girlfriend and I are giving it another go. Who was I kidding? I love her to pieces, and even being far from her has not diminished that feeling. She's amazing, hilarious, and smart as hell, what was I ever thinking letting her go?

I am afraid our current agreement may end up hurting one of us though. I don't really want to go into details, just in case someone at my school finds this blog.

I'm happy, school is going alright, I made the dean's list! My life is full of rainbows and sunshine!

I guess I should use that to motivate me to study so I can stay on that list. haha.


Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Gay husbands

Man, you gotta love 'em. Unless of course you're a woman actually married to a gay man. I profess my love for my gay husband all the time. He makes classes slightly less boring, and he's always good for a laugh. When I started school I figured I'd be the only homo, or maybe one of two homos. Well, I was proven wrong yet again! I mean sure, there's not really that many gay people, or at least out gay people at my school, but I was surprised by the number we have that are out.

I <3 my homo. Do you?

This was a very lame post. I do have a few funny pharmacy stories to share, but I gotta save those for now. I promise I will share them later!