College Experience

Once at The Honors College, it was pedal to the metal! I think the only time I paused was seven years later, right before I walked across the stage to receive my diploma. I took an average of 20 credits per semester and used the summer terms to get more prerequisites done. This once-social butterfly was turning down invitations and signing up for study groups. I was up early to make my way across town from the suburbs of West Kendall to Downtown Miami. I jumped through hoops to get permission to take some classes at the Kendall Campus and still receive Honors credits because the Organic Chemistry professor there was better. I was up late studying, working on assignments and projects. 

My parents gave me the privilege of giving me  financial support, and in return I was to graduate. I spent many a night crying because I wanted to be out with my friends on a Thursday night, but I had a 7am chemistry lab the next day that I needed to prepare for. Soon the invitations stopped coming and my only friends were those I met in college. But then it was the end of the semester and my grades would post with fireworks next to them and all was well for a day or two. Than the anxiety of the next semester starting would kick in. E would do his best to make sure we always had a fun vacation planned for spring break or winter break. This really was the key to my sanity. I had a routine of school, spinning and studying. I was in great shape! Current me wants to be in that shape again. 

I worked hard to graduate with honors and have an impressive enough resume for pharmacy school. I should have been celebrating all my achievements, but all I could think about was that I got wait listed. I had spent the last two years working so hard to get the best grades, volunteer and get competitive test scores to have a university tell me “hmm if one of our first picks declines, then maybe you can come.” 

Are you kidding me?! There was no Plan B. This was my only plan! I got my official denial letter a week after the fall semester started. By then I had cut the pity party short and was on my path to revenge. Ain’t no university going to reject me like that! I was more determined than ever to get into pharmacy school the second time around. I enrolled at FIU to get more prerequisites done. I applied to every pharmacy school in the state of Florida and two out of state. The second time around, I turned down interviews when my first choice school accepted me early. And because I am forever that petty person, I did not apply to the school that “wait listed” me the second time around. 

mortar and pastel the blog as prescribed by claudia, learn more about me, www.mortalandpastel.com

How to Become a Pharmacist: Pharmacy School Experience coming soon…


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