Student Perspective: Expanding Life Beyond Pharmacy

A blog post from Alvin Ong, Class of 2017.

As a former UNC undergrad, I was blessed with the opportunity of being a part of something bigger than just a school. While the academics undoubtedly challenged me to my breaking point at times, UNC taught me so much more than just school work and as a result, I am a better man for it. From the moment I stepped foot on campus, the myriad of student organizations available was astounding. I was mesmerized with the students as their passion and enthusiasm really stood out. Since I was young, I never undertook leadership opportunities, instead simply focusing all my energy on school. For once, I was challenged to undertake a different responsibility all the while maintaining a high enough GPA to be considered for UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. I took my responsibilities seriously, accepting a position as Vice President of Pi Lambda Phi Fraternity and decided to coach basketball for 1st to 3rd graders for the Chapel Hill Recreation Center. Now as I look back on my time spent worrying over tests, I realize how meaningless it all is. The true measure of my growth wasn’t based on my test grades, rather I believe I have grown more than ever through my community and leadership experiences. I have learned the value of time management, organization, public speaking, working with a diverse group of people, and plenty more. These are the values that I cherish today and one that has better shaped me to the person I am today. Now that I am a PY1 in this professional program, I feel like I am better prepared than I would have been had I not stepped outside of my comfort zone and undertaken new challenges besides school. I am able to use the leadership experiences I have learned in undergrad as a stepping stone for future opportunities. Even with the increasing course load we experience as pharmacy students, I implore people to continue to get involved, not only within pharmacy school but outside of it as well. Pharmacy is, no doubt, a great career with many opportunities available, but it doesn’t mean we should limit ourselves to one field. Keep up with your hobbies, don’t let pharmacy take over your life. I coach today even though I’ve developed a few grey hairs due to pharmacy school. I use it to de-stress myself, a way to remove myself from the everyday hustle and bustle of class, meetings, and more. It is important we are able to see the bigger picture; UNC and the neighboring communities provide us with so many opportunities that it would be a shame if we didn’t take advantage of them. Use them to your advantage and only then will u maximize your time here not only at pharmacy school, but all of UNC as a whole.

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Have you had a chance to visit the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy? We offer numerous programs throughout the year for prospective students to visit our school, learn about the admissions process, and meet with current students and staff. If you’re trying to get a jump start on visiting schools, or would like to take a vacation to Chapel Hill or Asheville (And, let’s be honest, who wouldn’t!? Nothing could be finer than to be in Carolina!), check out our upcoming events and sign up. We’d love to meet you!

Student Perspective: The Transition from Undergrad to Professional School

A blog post from Erica Earnhardt, Class of 2017.

Many students want to know the difference between undergraduate versus professional school. “Will I have any free time?  Will I be able to balance my social life with school?”


From what I have learned over the past year, is that there is definitely a difference between your undergraduate and pharmacy course work.  When I was in undergrad, I had a lot more free time on my hands.  I had hours between classes to do work, go to the gym, hang out with friends, etc.  When I started pharmacy school, it took me a while to transition to an 8am-4pm day full of classes and meetings.  It helps to understand that you have to look at pharmacy school like a job.  You are going to have classes straight from 8am to lunch, with an hour break, then afternoon classes that can last till 3pm.  Some days that hour lunch will be a time to have organization meetings.  I was not able to leave campus after my morning classes and come back for an afternoon class like I did in undergrad.  Don’t let this scare you.  It might seem like a long day, but it is something you can easily become accustomed to.


Though pharmacy school may seem like much, there will be times that you will have time for yourself.  Whether this is relieving stress by going to the gym, or giving yourself a couple hours to do things that you enjoy and help you relax.  Take a walk; go out to dinner with friends.  These are all things that you can do to balance your professional life with your personal life.  It is important to still have fun and not let school overwhelm what is valuable in your life.  Pharmacy school may seem like a big transition, but with time management you can easily handle your professional life and enjoy your time over the next few years!


Apply Now

Summer is just flying by here at the School, and we hope you’re enjoying your summer, too! Just wanted to update everyone that the PharmCAS application is now open for the 2016 enrollment cycle. Hard to believe that it’s already time to start a new admissions cycle!

With a rolling admissions process, we start reviewing applications as soon as they are complete. If you’re planning to apply for the 2016 enrollment cycle, our priority deadline is October 1st, and our final deadline of December 1st. HOWEVER, I recommend you apply early. Don’t wait till the deadline! The earlier you apply, the earlier we’re able to review your application, and possibly invite you for an interview. So, now is a great time to start your application 🙂



Hello everyone,

Welcome to the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy Admissions blog. My name is Mimi Lewis and I’m the Coordinator of Admissions at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. On behalf of the Admissions team and the Office of Student Affairs, I’m excited to share information about the admissions process and the School with you. In addition to our Website, FacebookTwitter, and Instagram pages, this blog will serve as a resource for prospective students preparing for pharmacy school.

Feel free to ask questions in the comments section. Check back weekly for updates about the admissions cycle, relevant information for prospective students, and blog posts from current students.