A blog post from Jenna Wood, Class of 2017.
The first month of PY1 can be a whirlwind of an experience. You are just starting pharmacy school, meeting new people, and still getting used to where everything is. For me, the first few weeks of school were one of the most exciting and stressful times of the year. Acronyms for different organizations to join are getting thrown at you, such as SHAC, CAPS, and TCCP, and it can be hard to keep everything straight! You are also still learning the names and faces of those in your class. So learning from experience, I have a few pieces of advice for surviving the first few weeks of pharmacy school. First, make the most of orientation day. This is a great time to meet your fellow classmates and learn about all the student organizations. Some of the people I have met that day have become some of my best friends in pharmacy school. Make sure to ask questions and collect fliers at the organization fair after orientation to learn about all the organizations that ESOP has to offer. Second, mark down in your planner or whatever type of calendar you use when all the interest meetings for the organizations are, and try to go to them! Even if you aren’t interested after learning more about them, most will at least offer a free lunch or some other incentive. And lastly, if you are stressed or having a hard time adjusting to pharmacy school, reach out to a PY2/PY3, faculty member, or anyone else who has been through pharmacy school. They know how you feel and can be a great resource for you! For me, this was my pharmacist that I had been working with for the past year at Harris Teeter. He assured me that it was definitely an adjustment, but that I’d eventually figure everything out and find my place. I didn’t know it at the time, but he was right!