Having interviewed at other schools, having spoken to their students, I have come to really appreciate what Palm Beach Atlantic is trying to do with building the "moral character" of each student, as Pharmboi so eloquently put it. As recently as two weeks ago, I hadn't fully appreciate the significance of this and have come to realize that I was cocky, prideful and selfish. During my interviews, I had a chance to see the schools and their students. One NOVA student commented that UF & PBA assign irrelevant work that needlessly complicate things for the student. During a UF orientation, one 2PD student commented he's heard NOVA & PBA students have too much time on their hands, and that UF students are busy. At LECOM, one student claimed that she thought LECOM was harder than PBA (even though it appeared I had more mastery of physiology than she, upon which she commented: we should have been classmates!). FAMU has produced many summa cum laude who are current residents and doing important work at the VA hospital (despite some bad publicity of higher personnels). PBA has opened a residency program and conducted important work in the community with the underserved and uninsured. It is interesting that this type of work is expressed in my personal statement, yet I lost the value of it somewhere in the hype of interviews and expectations. The lack of PBA threads on SDN did not escape me either. Perhaps, they lack the zeal-- the kind that transcends cockyness--or perhaps, they are just a humble bunch. I'm so excited to be a part of this institution as it will make me a competent pharmacist as well as feed me the 'moral character' that is so vital to any individual. When I feel the need to be cocky and smarter by the significance of the white coat I'll wear during my rotations, I hope it keeps me in check. Good luck to all, wherever you are accepted!