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Finding Motivation

Discussion in 'Pharmacy' started by freshbeatschris, Mar 22, 2007.

  1. freshbeatschris

    freshbeatschris New Phuture 5+ Year Member

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    All right my fellow Pharm students, I need to lean on you. I know that life and pharmacy school is like a roller coaster. We have our peaks when we are on top of the world and we have a troughs when we barely have enough energy to get out of bed. I need some gentle prodding to get my motivation back before I bury my grades. What do you guys do when you are bottoming out and need a little pick me up? How do you get back the energy to keep hitting these subjects day after day? I'm tired.:sleep:

    Thanks in advance for your help and letting me lean on y'all.

    Chris
     
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  3. All4MyDaughter

    All4MyDaughter SDN Mommystrator Pharmacist Moderator Emeritus Lifetime Donor Classifieds Approved 10+ Year Member

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    I think the hardest thing for me is letting myself lean on other people, so you've taken a good first step here. I am often reluctant to discuss my problems with other people but when I do it, I often find it helpful.

    As far as motivation, I'm still somewhat searching for mine. I got some grades back today, and I'm not doing as poorly as I thought in certain classes, so that is uplifting. I have the summer job that I'm looking forward to, so that helps. And I do recognize that I have been given a great opportunity, and one that other people would really like to have. That motivates me somewhat not to waste it.

    I wish I could offer some more concrete suggestions. Perhaps someone else will weigh in with something that could help us both?
    :idea:
     
  4. Farmercyst

    Farmercyst On with the Poodles already Pharmacist Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Always look forward to something. In my case this was finals week so I'm finally through with Microbio and Molecular bio. Should have A/B in Micro. Molecular not so good. I here she surpises with a modest curve. I sure hope so, otherwise I'm sure to get like a low C at best. Other than that, hopefully you've got time and some spare change to go somewhere over spring break or summer if necessary to just chill and defrag the brain. I guess what I'm saying is find your happy place.:laugh: Maybe you can dream of being like Zpak (do I hear hurling in the background:barf: ) with his pill pusher cruising up the Oregon coast and playing golf. Not too long and hopefully you'll be doing something similar.
     
  5. dgroulx

    dgroulx Night Pharmacist 10+ Year Member

    I was okay for the first two years, but year three took it's toll. I truly hated school at that point. Looking forward seemed to help. I could say, "only x number of days until rotations". Coming back to class after rotations was tough. I hate having to watch lectures again, but I'm just counting the days now.
     
  6. KARM12

    KARM12 Super Member 10+ Year Member

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    School gets more interesting as you go on...I see you go to MWU. You are just now starting to get in to therapeutics...finally some drug knowledge! I didn't like 1st year. Second yr there is a lot more work, but by far better than 1st. And then you become a PS3...which pretty much rules because you don't have a lot of required courses left and you also get to start rotations! (Trust me, rotations are way better!)
     
  7. genesis09

    genesis09 Senior Member 10+ Year Member

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    For us, they just put up the results of the P-3 rotation lottery, and it suddenly hits you, next year, I'll be on that list.
    You have to make your own motivation. You have to make a goal and try and reach it. Every person does it a bit differently.
     
  8. rxlynn

    rxlynn Senior Member 10+ Year Member

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    Chris -I think we are all getting to the point in the semester when we are starting to burn out - and it doesn't help that the weather has suddenly gotten really wonderful here in Georgia!

    Whenever I get tired of the whole studying thing, I try very hard to remind myself that pharmacy school is something I REALLY wanted to do. I try to take myself back to the day I pulled the letter out of the mailbox and found out that I had been accepted and my dream was starting to come true. And, I try to live by the advice of one of my best friends at school, which is that we only need to worry about one day at a time. If I start to dwell on all the things that I have to do in the next month or even in the next week, it becomes overwhelming. If I focus only on what needs to be done for next Monday (today's Friday), then suddenly it doesn't seem quite so bad.

    Also, I don't know what your summer plans are, but I find it good to think that in only x number of weeks, summer will be here and I can concentrate on something besides school for awhile.
     
  9. Julianne

    Julianne War Eagle!! Moderator Emeritus 7+ Year Member

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    Good advice as always, rxlynn! BTW, glad to see you're still alive over there :p
     
  10. ZpackSux

    ZpackSux Retired Banned

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    you need some zofran? I hear it went generic..
     
  11. trx

    trx 5+ Year Member

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    When I can afford to, I try to steal a chance to take a real break from school, clear my head, and come back refreshed. Sometimes a break can be small, like a 30 minute trip to the gym. I'd like to hear what works for other people though, so I can try different ways as well.
     
  12. Gizmo

    Gizmo ? 7+ Year Member

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    When I lose my motivation, I take a break from studying and vege out on my bed watching DVDs. Or I clean the house a bit. This takes me out of my funk for some reason. Also, I may increase my caffeine intake to give me more energy, but I'm trying not to do this anymore.
     
  13. Farmercyst

    Farmercyst On with the Poodles already Pharmacist Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    They gave it to my wife once. Forget why exactly. (Meaning what the root cause was, not what it was indicated for.) It does the job.
     

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