I’m done! :D

5th December 2013 15 comments

I have this strange belief that I shouldn’t blog until I get my exam results back. Not sure why but that’s why I’ve been MIA. But I finally did get my exam results and I can proudly say – I’ve finished my Bachelor of Pharmacy degree! It’s been 4 hard years – I still have another long year ahead as an intern before sitting my pharmacy board exam before I’m actually a pharmacist – but nonetheless, I’m so glad that the uni component is done.

So in the last month, a lot of things happened! I had my Pharmacy Ball (which is like a formal or prom). It was great – the food was really good and everyone looked so elegant. The theme was ‘Fire and Ice’ (I assume inspired by Revenge, haha) and I wore a blue dress 😀 I’m the one in the light blue dress:

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 (Friend sneaked a shot of me – clearly, I wasn’t impressed lol)

Last week, I also had a chance to abseil down a cliff. Basically walking ‘horizontally’ against a cliff. It was the first time that I had ever done it and I had no idea what the heck I was doing LOL. Basically facepalmed myself a couple of times against the cliff because you know, I’m smooth like that. I also ended up with a massive cut on my hand which I didn’t realise until I reached the bottom and noticed that my hand was covered in blood. It scared the heck out of me, but thankfully after being bandaged, it was all good 😀

Here’s a pic of where we abseiled off:

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The view is really pretty, unfortunately you don’t notice it at the beginning while you’re being dangled from the edge, waiting to step off 😉 That was the most terrifying part but the moment you step off, it’s actually really fun.

Has anyone gone abseiling before? Or if you haven’t, would you consider it? My friends wanted to go abseiling of a waterfall…and as much fun as I had with this cliff, I don’t think slippery rocks and my co-ordination will work well with that 🙂

I also finally managed to watch Catching Fire yesterday. It was really good! 😀

Things have been pretty chaotic as I’m transitioning into full-time work. It’s tiring for the most part and I pretty much go home and sleep, then wake up and whoopee, it’s another day of work. Because it’s the holiday season, people are also flocking to the pharmacy with medications before they go on holidays/because they reached safety net. It was crazily busy yesterday – I had to stay back 2 hours to make sure I got everything done.

Anyone feeling the holiday frenzy kicking in?

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The Road Not Taken

18th August 2013 5 comments

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth…

– ‘The Road Not Taken’ ; Robert Frost

I studied this poem in Year 11 for the English Area of Study of ‘Journeys’. Of course, that’s not the whole poem but a snippet to convey a current predicament I’m facing.

As required for my degree, I need to do a graduate or intern year with a pharmacy before undertaking my board exams. It’s about the time where most people in my year are seeking out internships and considering that pharmacy is quite saturated at the moment, it without a doubt is proving difficult.

I’ve been lucky in that I’ve been working with a large chain pharmacy ever since my first year – so I’ve been with them almost 4 years now. They only take one intern each year and I accepted the fact that they were going to move me to a different pharmacy, as there’s another 4th year pharmacy student with me. To my surprise and delight however, they’ve decided to take us both on.

A few days however, I received some news that has placed me in a bit of a dilemma. A pharmacist that I did placement with last year offered me to do an internship with their pharmacy.

So I tried breaking down the pros and cons of each place:

My Current Work:

Pros: Familiarity – I know exactly what’s expected of me, I know all the staff very well, Job prospects after internship

Cons: It is a bit further, there is a stigma attached to my pharmacy chain by other pharmacists (I get so fed up with defending it lol)

The Other Pharmacy:

Pros: The pharmacist is a great mentor and we got along really well, a bit closer to home

Cons: I’m not familiar with how the pharmacy is run. Needless to say, while most pharmacies are run the same – I don’t know what would be expected of me as an intern.

ARGHHHH is all I can say!

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