Being a 4th year CPHS pharmacy student puts things into a completely different perspective than years 1-3. At the end of finals in the spring semester, you are sent out into the real world with real patients, whose disease states sometimes rival those described in therapeutics cases, to begin your transition from student pharmacist to full-fledged PharmD! Though incredibly exciting, this transition definitely took me out of my comfort zone. As someone who went to Campbell for undergrad as well, suddenly being in the Triangle Region was so new and different to me. The familiar faces that I always passed on campus, the late-night Cookout milkshake runs, even the long nights studying in Maddox seemed so distant. The biggest difference, however, was the fact that all of my friends were no longer by my side each and every day. I am so thankful some of my friends moved to the Triangle Region, but my entire support system all throughout pharmacy school was spread out from Wilmington to Campbell to Winston-Salem. That was the biggest adjustment for me; no longer could I just run to their apartments, I had to call or FaceTime them. I think that’s the real reason we get iPads before we venture out into P4 year.
Needless to say, when Convocation Day rolled around, I was so excited to head back to CPHS for the day…even if I did have to wake up at 5am to get there on time! The week leading up to Convocation seemed to go by just a little slower, because that day meant I would get to see my friends and my school again. The day seemed to fly by, as I spent time with the people and campus with whom I had become so close. My fellow pharmacy students, though it may not always seem like it, our time as students really does fly by. As a P4 student, the countdown to graduation has begun and the next time my class will all convene will be at our graduation ceremony, our last hurrah. P1-P3 classes, use every minute you have on campus to its fullest. Before you know it, you’ll be in my shoes!
-Matt Harrell, Class of 2015 PharmD/MBA student