james07

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I'm just curious to know what's life like in Pharmacy School, how much free time do you actually get? Do you have time to work a part-time job and have time for other hobbies or is it like Med School where your studying the majority of the time?

-thanks in advance
 

calisoca

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Well you're obviously in the wrong forum to be askin' a question like this but: Yes, put your Knex rollercoaster away, put away your world of warcaft PC game, put away your Youporn collection-- Pharmschool is no joke. Go look at the Pharmacy forum--these fools scream of dedication. Be ready to commit yourself. Be excited about it. I F*****' know that I am.
 

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I'm just curious to know what's life like in Pharmacy School, how much free time do you actually get? Do you have time to work a part-time job and have time for other hobbies or is it like Med School where your studying the majority of the time?

-thanks in advance
I just finished my first semester, and really, it hasn't been bad so far. Classes are mostly in the morning, so I usually do any necessary work or studying in the afternoon, and then play/relax at night. I didn't have a job this semester, but will try to get one next semester. I just started a new relationship, and have been able to dedicate a lot of my time and energy to it without sacrificing grades (I have mostly As and 1, maybe 2 B's depending on how my final tomorrow goes). So you really can have a life if you want it, just manage your time wisely.
 
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Time management is something you have to master before you start pharmacy school.

Most of the classes are done by 12PM, if we have lab, then I stay until 3:30PM. I work on Saturdays 10AM-6PM and Sundays 7PM-11PM. So basically, I'm studying from the time I leave school until around 8-9PM.

There are sacrifices you have to make, but you can choose what to sacrifice. What did I choose? I stopped going to the gym to exercise.

So yeah I can still play video games, then again the kinds of video games I play aren't as time consuming as stuff like World of Warcraft. (I play Call of Duty 4, 5, Counter-Strike, etc).
 

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Different schools have different quality of life standards depending on how the curriculum is structured. We had a fantastic time our P1 year but P2-P4 year just works you to death to the point of insanity (probably because the program is obsessed with preparing people to go into clinical practice - my friends planning to go into retail always gripe about this). I almost burst into tears in the middle of our finals this year because we had 6 exams in 9 days. However, we still get 4 months of summer off. At UCSF, your summers disappear between your P3 and P4 year and you have school straight through. 3 year programs also squish everything together so you only have ~ one month off a year. There are also a couple schools out there that have high attrition rates for pharmacy students, so beware of 'em!
 

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yeah can't speak for upper years...but P1 is so far easier than undergrad. Finals are just as stressful, though...maybe because we have a 3.0 minimum to advance and 30-50% of our grades (depending on the class) are dependent upon the final exam.
 

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What life? :smuggrin:

Actually, P1 year was not bad - I probably could have even kept my full-time lab job (I would have had some downtime to study some at work) and done alright. As it was, I worked about 25 hours a week my first year. However, P2 is kicking my butt - a lot more work than P1.

I can easily put in 10 hours a day when exams are approaching (that isn't all the time). Our exams seem to come in waves - all bunched together over a short period of time. Then again, we have a couple of really laid back stretches where I can hardly even tell I'm in school.

If you have some time management skills and you are prepared for the intensity, you should be fine - prioritizing is key. And procrastination is NOT your friend!
 

james07

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Thanks for the answers guys, I'll definently learn to manage my time. Something I often didn't do in highschool and the reason I have to go to community college right now.LMAO But I'll get it together.
 

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My first semester wasn't so pretty...I had at least 2 exams every week from the beginning of September till the end of the semester...the weeks i do get only 2 exams, im usually happy..its more like 3 or 4 exam per week
 

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A new strategy I'm trying is to study for exams 2-3 weeks in advance.

Only downside this has shown is that when the exam comes, I have already forgotten some of the details from prior.
 

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A new strategy I'm trying is to study for exams 2-3 weeks in advance.

Only downside this has shown is that when the exam comes, I have already forgotten some of the details from prior.
That's a great idea in theory - it's similar to what the Student Affairs office told us during an academic success seminar - you should be DONE studying for a test a week beforehand, then you can leisurely browse your notes or difficult concepts in that final week.

Problem is that new material for the exam is often presented up until just a day or two before...not a lot of time to solidify those last few lectures even if you've managed to stay ahead of the game up to that point. Not to mention that our first round of tests tends to come about 3-4 weeks into the semester, which means I'd have to be done studying the first or second week of classes.

I'd love it if I could find a way to work it out though!
 

goldennemesis

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That's a great idea in theory - it's similar to what the Student Affairs office told us during an academic success seminar - you should be DONE studying for a test a week beforehand, then you can leisurely browse your notes or difficult concepts in that final week.

Problem is that new material for the exam is often presented up until just a day or two before...not a lot of time to solidify those last few lectures even if you've managed to stay ahead of the game up to that point. Not to mention that our first round of tests tends to come about 3-4 weeks into the semester, which means I'd have to be done studying the first or second week of classes.

I'd love it if I could find a way to work it out though!
You're exactly right ajh88. That does sound nice and all, but it just does not match reality. I don't know a single person in my class who studies that early. Pretty much everyone studies from test to test. For instance, biochem has exams every 2 to 3 weeks. You just can't study very far in advance for stuff like that. If someone has time to do studying like that, I applaud them. Thus far in life, I have managed to get by on cramming for a day or two before a test.
 
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Time management is something you have to master before you start pharmacy school.

Most of the classes are done by 12PM, if we have lab, then I stay until 3:30PM. I work on Saturdays 10AM-6PM and Sundays 7PM-11PM. So basically, I'm studying from the time I leave school until around 8-9PM.

There are sacrifices you have to make, but you can choose what to sacrifice. What did I choose? I stopped going to the gym to exercise.

So yeah I can still play video games, then again the kinds of video games I play aren't as time consuming as stuff like World of Warcraft. (I play Call of Duty 4, 5, Counter-Strike, etc).
This explains why you go paint ballin'. It combines CoD4 or 5 with somewhat...aerobic exercises. (I prefer Airsoft)

If I ever get in pharmacy school, I'll do some of my readings on a bike at the gym. I'm too much of a gym rat to give it all up.
 

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This explains why you go paint ballin'. It combines CoD4 or 5 with somewhat...aerobic exercises. (I prefer Airsoft)

If I ever get in pharmacy school, I'll do some of my readings on a bike at the gym. I'm too much of a gym rat to give it all up.
Oh, it's definitely more than aerobic exercise where I play (Skirmish Paintball) in Pennsylvania. There is already a lot of walking to do to get from the car to the check in to the picnic area, and then more walking when walking from field to field. A couple months ago while playing over there I took my pulse, 191!!!! I'm 21, thus my heart's maximum should be 199.

I get so tired that the drive home actually gets dangerous because there are stretches of times that I just don't remember while driving.
 

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If I ever get in pharmacy school, I'll do some of my readings on a bike at the gym. I'm too much of a gym rat to give it all up.
I've tried doing this...it doesn't work =( I'll end up forgetting what line I'm on and end up spending 3-4x more time reading a single page vs. had I sat at a desk and done it.

I guess better than nothing?
 

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I'm just curious to know what's life like in Pharmacy School, how much free time do you actually get? Do you have time to work a part-time job and have time for other hobbies or is it like Med School where your studying the majority of the time?

-thanks in advance
A lot of people actually do have time to get a part time job; however, I would probably fail if I had a job. I spend a lot of time studying. But I do procrastinate too. Whatever.
 

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I think it depends on the school and on the person. In my group of friends we all have part time jobs at pharmacies. Some work 10 hrs/wk while others push 30+ hours. I by no means spend all my time studying. My main source of stress has been group work and massive amounts of busy work that don't add to the learning process. But it's not impossible. And compared to my med school friend I am far more relaxed.
 

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Similar to what other people have said - P1 year was GREAT. We had class from 9-12pm, and the workload wasn't too bad.

My 2nd year has been a killer so far. We normally have class from 1pm-5 or 6pm if there's no labs or workshops in the morning. We have 2 exams every week scattered with quizzes, papers and labs on certain weeks. I barely made it through finals this semester (7 finals in 9 days - thank god for the weekend!)

But yet many of us still hold a lot of positions in organizations and working part time.... crazy I know! haha
 

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I'm a P1 and I do work 20 hours a week, but I wish I had taken out more loan money so I could work a little less. In my state I also need to work 300 free hours by Oct 2010 so that's an extra 3-4 hours every week, plus I've had to do volunteer work, etc.

I do get to have fun, but not every single weekend, and not the last couple weeks of semester. I feel like I am very social, but that's not because I'm going out all the time - I study with my friends. That way we're productive but we don't go nuts just studying alone in our apartments all the time. I did pretty much give up working out because I don't have time anymore - but some of my classmates still work out so it just depends on your priorities.

It's interesting to read others' experiences - I don't know how many classes you would have to take to have 2-4 exams every week. I have 6 classes but only 4 have really big exams and we just test once a month - so I have 3 weeks with nothing but quizzes, papers, small assignments, then a week of hell. And my schedule is NOT a nice 9-noon schedule. Next semester, I have 2 days where I go 8-5 with only an hour break for lunch, one day I think I go 8-2, and the other days are a little lighter and I'll likely be going right to work those days. So really that means I'll have one afternoon a week and every other weekend free to do whatever - other than that I can't even start studying till either after 5 or after 9.
 
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ThatPerson

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How bad is pharmacy school life for the PharmD/MBA dual degree program? Its only 3 extra credit hours or so each semester, but that is a lot since you're already taking 18.
 

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I'm just curious to know what's life like in Pharmacy School, how much free time do you actually get? Do you have time to work a part-time job and have time for other hobbies or is it like Med School where your studying the majority of the time?

-thanks in advance
I am a 1pd student at UF and we dont have time to BREATH.. I so wanted to get in phamracy school last yr but Now i am like ohhh soo is this how pharmacy school is.. I am not discouraging anyone.. but once you are in Pharmacy school forget about parties.. itz very hard and yeah some people can work but itz not recommended.. I did work in begenign but I did bad in school so I had to make decission of not working. If you have any specific Q's email me on sdn
 
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