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What would you do if you don't get accepted to Pharm. School?

Discussion in 'Pre-Pharmacy' started by lymmys, Jan 1, 2009.

  1. lymmys

    lymmys It wasn't me!
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    Hey guys,

    I just wonder what would you do if you don't get accepted to Pharm. School this year. Assuming that this is your first time applying.

    I think this is one of the common question for interview also.
     
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  3. dumbguy

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    I would give up and try nursing.
     
  4. argon18

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    I would re-apply next year. In the meantime I will get more experience in the pharmacy field.
     
  5. WhiteSnows

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    Finish my B.S in Chemistry, and reapply next year.
     
  6. evilolive

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    Get a PsyD.
     
  7. pharmDlinz84

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    I've had that same question now since I got my first rejection letter :(. But i was reading other threads and people are like on their 3 year applying... so since I really want this I will re-apply next year.. maybe a 3rd year too... then if nothing... i'll probably come here (SDN) and re-ask your same question :):xf:
     
  8. stealthy1

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    I'm already in Biochemistry, and if I don't get into Pharmacology nor Pharmacy, then I guess I'll stay in Biochem.
     
  9. PharmDKid89

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    I'm switching to physician assistant if I don't get in. Very good pay and less rigorous, heck even in some areas physician assistants can make more money than a pharmacist..
     
  10. ValeRx

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    Never be seen nor heard from again.
     
  11. allthaticanbe

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    Work on GPA and other things and apply again. Maybe go get a masters. But I will apply for two years before I try something else.
     
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    Where is that?
     
  13. anyr

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    Weep for a day and then reapply next year.
     
  14. Jooks

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    physician assistant would have been my next choice had I not gotten in...Easier way to become an MD as well due to the the parrallel courses both must know
     
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    Take some more classes and apply to only 3 year pharmacy schools to make up for the year lost. Oh and take the PCAT for the first time LOL
     
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    I'd probably work in a pharmacy and maybe do some volunteer work though I'm kind of torn about that. I would do far more good if I went back into teaching and filled one of those science positions that go unfilled because there is a shortage of science teachers. But it would benefit me personally improving the weak spots in my application. Hopefully, I will get in this year so I won't have to decide.
     
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    I will finish up my last year of college and get my degree in Chemistry. I also will apply again next year and hopefully gain more pharmacy experience.
     
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    I will probably do like the others who posted before me. Figure out how I can get in next year and keep working as a pharmacy technician and see how I can "supe" up my resume. :)
     
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    I was in this boat last year. I had one interview, was waitlisted and ultimately didn't get in. I knew pharmacy was the right career path for me so I looked at my application carefully and what I could improve within a year.
    I had a mediocre GPA (3.0) and I had over 120 credits so I knew I wouldn't be able to drastically improve it within 2 semesters. However, since I work a full and part time job (60 hrs/wk), I was always just taking 9 cr hours/semester. Since most pharmacy semesters are 18 credits I wanted to demonstrate that I could handle a courseload of the same credits. So, while working both jobs, I took 18 credits this past summer and did extremely well in all the classes.
    Commitment to the community is becoming increasingly important and is a very quick way to make you a more competitive applicant. I have always enjoyed volunteering but I didn't have many activities where I had held a leadership position. To remedy this, I became a committee chair for two organizations and organized my own supply drive for a homeless shelter in addition to volunteering at Ronald McDonald House, Muscular Dystrophy, and a local elementary school.
    Although my PCAT composite was competitive, my chemistry score was really low. I studied my butt off and retook the test. Although my composite only came up a few points, my chemistry score doubled.
    Additionally, I applied much earlier this year. Last year I didn't send out my applications until December so I had already missed the deadlines for some schools. This year I submitted PharmCAS in September and everything else went out by October.
    Luckily, my lack of sleep and a social life this past year paid off. I have been accepted to one school and have another interview coming up in Jan. Being rejected the first year made me want it that much more. If you don't get in this year don't give up!
     
  22. phar2013

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    PA is a good field as well. But, I have never heard of a PA making more than a pharmacist. PAs normally make around the same or a little more as a nurse practioner. I have heard of AAs making around or a little more than pharmacists. Good luck to you PharmDKid89. Our dreams will come true as long we stay focused and give it our all. But, whatever it is--it must be in the heart.
     
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    Agreed, plus as a PA you get to do all the nasty stuff a nurse gets to do....yay! NOT! :laugh:

    If I don't get into Pharmacy I will try getting a position as a pharm sales rep....I have heard some sales reps making more than pharmacist too but NOT sure if thats true or not...kinda doubt it...but not sure.
     

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