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!

Posted Under: life, pharmacy, work

Back For Real

14th February 2013 11 comments

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! <3

Oh how ironic was my previous post? Back to blogging? Definitely not. Well I am now going to try. I want to change the direction of my blog slightly – not that it had a direction beforehand – but I want to talk about things that matter to me. That’ll be: pharmacy (unfortunately), web-design, technology…just geeky stuff. Oh and books. Glorious books! I might have touched on those briefly but I never really went into detail because I worried that people won’t be interested. But in turns out that blogging about my life is strangely monotonous because man, am I such a thrill seeker? *cough*.

And a new theme which will be here to stay for a while, hopefully! The previous theme lasted a measly one post before Sky-Song went into hibernation. Hover on the heart, it’s a nifty trick that I’ve learnt 😀 And there’s very mellow, sleep-inducing music that you can play with the music player.

So what has happened in the few months that I have gone?

  • I went to Queensland for a week with my friends

Queensland

It was definitely a fun trip and I practically bathed in sunscreen to prevent myself from tanning 😀 My colouration is not so Vietnamese that I get mistaken as a Filipino or it’s something about my features (my sister likes to attribute it to my big eyes, but I still have no idea). I darken very easily so in lieu with my pharmacy knowledge about the SPF and how much sunscreen is actually required, I armed myself with liters of suncreen.

Above is an image of the place we were staying 🙂

  • I passed 3rd year Pharmacy and am progressing into 4th this year.

HOLY SMOKES I AM OLD!! My last uni year before registration year (intern/graduate year). It’s scary and I have lots of decisions to make. I’m not sure if I want to do my registration year with work because…

  • I’ve gotten a new manager at work – so far I dislike him.

More like I want to punch him. He needs to learn his people skills – you don’t just go up to someone and say ‘you guys are shit, I need to train you more’ (he said that to my friend in front of everyone, and inferred it for the rest of us). He also needs to learn how to smile – he smiles to the customers etc. but then when he turns to talk to the staff members, he seems extremely cold.

  • Purchased a Nexus 7 32GB 3G

Purchased it on Tuesday! 🙂 I’ve been eyeing it for months and kept waiting to see if the price would decrease. Eventually, I just gave up and went what the heck? Might as well splurge once in a while. I’m absolutely loving it so far. I had been deciding between it and the Nexus 10 version but I’m glad I settled for the Nexus 7 – it’s much easier to hold and more portable 🙂

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