I sleep for 10 hours. Then I wake up, eat, lounge around. And then continue on with a 4 hour nap.
14 hours?! That’s more than all the sleep I got during my past exam week. Combined.
Recharging is the best. This entire semester, I feel like I am perpetually a device on 2% battery life, only managing to sleep and restore up to maybe 30% a night. Then I subsequently drain myself again from studying, which forces to take an accidental nap to recharge to 15%; but that leads me to feeling guilty about wasting precious studying time so I end up pulling a semi-allnighter… which brings me back to the 2% struggling dark-eye-circled panda of a student that I have become.
But now I am back at 100% :) Well-fed, well-rested, and happy.
Sorry for the slightly unexpected hiatus. I had to block myself from Tumblr (along with other social media) because I realized this spring semester was kicking my butt. I don’t think anyone ever conveyed just how hard the P2 spring semester was, or perhaps I was in denial.
My life for the past few months has been a blur. A sleep-deprived blur. I vaguely remember chemical structures, treatment algorithms, antibiotic spectrums, and pharmacokinetic calculations…
Right now I’m on spring break so I’ll be updating more. Gosh it feels good to be reunited with Tumblr.
Many (if not, majority) of students do an internship during school, in addition to the rotations. It helps to connect what you learn in class to a real-life setting. I recommend trying it out! If you find that it’s too much, you can communicate your concern with your manager to work out a good schedule. Your managers will most likely understand because they’ve been a pharmacy student once upon a time.
I recommend giving it a try and see how it goes. Only you can determine whether it enhances your education or adds to the stressful workload. Good luck!
Hi everyone. I know it’s been a long time, but I had banned myself from Tumblr during the semester (the ends I take to curb my inevitable procrastination).
How did P2 fall end for me? It could’ve gone a lot better in terms of grades, but I am thankful that I am done.
Here’s a reflection of my classes:
I didn’t have classes or exams this week because of Hurricane Sandy. And while that seems like an unexpected fall break, my heart breaks for all the families whose homes are completely destroyed, the people living in the freezing cold without electricity, and the ones wandering from shelter to shelter.
Thankfully, my on-campus apartment was in good condition so I hosted a few friends who were evacuated during this week.
This storm put everything in perspective for me. Yes, exams are stressful - and memorizing pathways and chemical structures can be overwhelming. But what is that in comparison to knowing you have to rebuild your home, not knowing if your family is okay because cell phones do not work, or not having access to clean water/food/electricity?
God bless all the people who volunteered and worked during the storm, without missing a beat, and also to all the resilient people who will work to rebuild our communities.
toxicityof-ourcity asks, Do you think the quality or reputation of the pharmacy school matters? For example, I’m thinking about St. John’s 6-year program, but I’ve heard that its only a decent school, same for LIU. Thanks and I love reading your blog :)
I have four exams starting today until next Fri.
The pros: I like studying with other people. We act out disease states and try to diagnose and prescribe appropriate medications for our friends.
The classes correlate with each other. We’re learning about anticholinergics in pharmacology and medchem. We then delve into some anticholinergic properties of asthma/COPD drugs… and then we link it back to microbio with the immune system responses in these diseases.
The cons: I am only a simple human. How does one gain and retain four exams worth of information in the brain?!
- you don’t have to relisten to the lecture later on before exam time
- it helps you pick up fine points you missed in class
- you have to slow the recording down to .5x because your professor speaks way faster than you can humanly type
- you get bored of transcibing and go on Facebook, thus spending hours transcribing 5 minutes of a lecture
- you are essentially going to class twice