Study Tips

So how do you learn it all?

As one might imagine, there is a lot of information to learn in pharmacy school. In four short years, students must learn anatomy, immunology, pharmacology, therapeutics, and more so that they will be able to treat their patients effectively in the future. Given this multitude of information, one easily could be overwhelmed. In fact, some classes in pharmacy school have been compared to “drinking out of a fire hose.” So how do you learn it all?

I think that one of the most important things to know about studying is that everybody does it differently. Some people are visual, some auditory, some verbal. Some people prefer to study alone while others study in groups. It is important to find the study method that works for you.

Of course, your study method may also vary depending on the class and the information you are trying to learn. For some classes, memorization is all that is required. For example, Top 100 is taken by first year pharmacy students each year. For Top 100, students can use resources like Quizlet, an online flashcard service, to learn the brand and generic names of drugs. For other classes, a more conceptual knowledge is key. In immunology, students must learn a lot of different pathways and how they connect. Drawing out diagrams may work for some people, and talking through the process may work better for others. Some people might even do both!

Whatever methods you choose, don’t forget that you can make adjustments. Just because you have studied one way in the past doesn’t prevent you from improving your habits in the future!

Campbell has some important resources that can aid your studies. There is free tutoring available for many classes. This tutoring could be one-on-one or in a group. For some classes, there are review sessions led by students who did well in the class in previous years. This is an excellent opportunity to hear the information presented again and in a different way. Another important resource is recorded lectures through Tegrity. Because Campbell records the lectures, students have the ability to go back and hear any information they may have missed if they couldn’t keep up during class. Also, if you have to miss class for sickness or some other reason, you can watch the lecture to catch up with the rest of your classmates. It is always important to keep up with what is going on in class so that you can learn information gradually rather than cramming a bunch of information into your brain right before a test!

There are a lot of different ways to study, and it may take a little time to find the way that works best for you. Don’t let the frustration of finding a perfect study method cause you to procrastinate. Studying will always help you more than not studying. My most important advice: Just do it!

-Elizabeth Ramsaur (P2)

The Scoop on Professional Attire

Welcome, to the professional world of pharmacy! A place where you will be expected to take on professional responsibilities, have a professional attitude, and display a professional appearance. Many new pharmacy students worry about the dynamic change in wardrobe. We get comfortable wearing sweat pants, shorts, tank tops, big t-shirts, and etc. How will we ever pay attention in class wearing uncomfortable clothes? It’s really not bad.

The quote, “what you wear is how you present yourself to the world”, is the perfect way to think about how a pharmacy student dresses. Every day we come to class we are preparing for another day in the real world of pharmacy. There is no need in waiting to start thinking, acting, and dressing like a professional. In many lectures the word professionalism is described and it is always described the same. A professional who exhibits professionalism is responsible, respectful, confident, compassionate, ethical, caring, modest, and understanding. If you are able to look at yourself in the mirror and you can say your outfit makes you feel confident, it isn’t offensive to another or disrespectful to oneself then you are more than likely displaying professional attire.

Let’s get a little more specific in what Campbell’s School of Pharmacy expects in professional attire. For ladies, we expect you to wear dress slacks, modest length professional skirts and dresses, appropriate cut shirts and blouses, and dress shoes. We do not want your outfit calling for attention; which means make sure body parts that could be flaunted are covered and others are not wrapped up skin tight. Also, do not come into class dressed like you just rolled out of bed. Make sure your hair is neatly tamed, whether it be in a bun, ponytail, half-up, or down. Do not wear spaghetti straps, tank-tops, or t-shirts. Also, yoga pants and leggings do not count as professional dress slacks. Men, we expect you to wear dress slacks, button down shirts, collared shirts or professional sweaters and vests, suits, ties or bowties, and dress shoes. You do not have to come into class wearing a tuxedo or suit and tie every single day. Please make sure your pants are pulled up and not sagging. Also wear shirts that are appropriate size, not skin tight or falling off. Sneakers and flip-flops do not count as dress shoes.

In summary, a professional attire doesn’t have to be dull, uncomfortable, or time consuming. You can always put your own personal flare or twist on an outfit. For example, I wore a bright orange blazer with black dress slacks for my Campbell interview. Plus, there are some comfortable clothes out there that are very professional. I have learned that if I look professional then I feel professional. You can no longer just talk to the talk of a professional, you must walk to walk as well.

-Anna Capps (P2)

Reflecting on P1 First Semester

My first semester of pharmacy school was one of the most rewarding, yet challenging, semesters I have ever experienced. At first, I was overwhelmed with the intense coursework and adjusting to my new surroundings. Even though I went to Campbell for my undergraduate work, the environment still felt very new. The first couple of weeks went by in a blur as I tried to remember everyone’s name, decide which clubs I wanted to join, and try to keep up with all of my school work. However, once I got settled, I was able to really enjoy my first semester of pharmacy school. One of the biggest decisions I made was to join the fraternity Phi Delta Chi. By doing so, I was able to make so many new friends and have great experiences throughout the pledging process. Although pledging kept me busy, I was able to stay on top of my work and learn so many new things with help from the great teachers that are employed here at Campbell. I cannot believe how quickly the first semester passed, but I am so thankful for the new friends and memories I have made, and I am excited to see what the rest of my semesters here at Campbell have in store for me!

-Angela Hazelwood (P1)

The Best Dose of Medication for the New Year

Many people look forward to the New Year for a new start on old habits. Especially pharmacy students when it comes to starting the semester off right with maintaining great grades, studying and just trying to stay focused with all the millions of things we have to do on a regular basis. We shouldn’t make New Year resolutions we can’t uphold because they won’t last long. The best New Year’s resolution as a pharmacy student is to always change for the better, renew, and rejuvenate ourselves for each upcoming year as pharmacy students. Furthermore, the best dose of medication to take each day is to strive to hold up your head high and go forward with joyful and confidence each day of your life. Happy New Year!

-Francia Lysius (P1)

Scholarship Luncheon

One of the great things about Campbell University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences is the amount of scholarships awarded each year. The College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences provided over $1 Million in scholarships for the 2014-2015 academic year. These scholarships range from annual to endowed scholarships provided by alumni, faculty, and other supporters of Campbell. With CPHS expanding to other programs such as physical therapy and physician’s assistant, more and more scholarships are being awarded each year. Each year the scholarship recipient’s attend a luncheon that recognize the hard work of the recipients and express gratitude to the donors for their support. The luncheon is a nice event to enjoy fellowship with the family of Campbell along with family members of the recipients. In order to receive the scholarship, students must attend the luncheon. The reward is not only ease of financial burden but also a pretty good meal with excellent service. This year’s scholarship luncheon was unique with having the honor of our new dean, Dr. Michael Adams, attending and congratulating every single recipient.

CPHS creates a simple process for students to apply for the numerous scholarships. Towards the end of the academic year, in April, students are recommended to participate in a scholarship competition. Each year a student must complete an assigned essay, an updated CV with a cover letter, along with a general application. A committee then examines all applications and rewards the students with the best fit scholarship based on academic performance and financial need. With Campbell being a private institution, the tuition is higher than other schools but not many colleges offer the numerous opportunities that Campbell does for financial assistance.

P1 students are also eligible to receive the Dean’s Scholarship if they have a 3.5 GPA or better when entering into Pharmacy School. There is also a possibility of renewal in the P2 year if a 3.5 GPA is maintained and if they complete the required leadership hours.

For any other information regarding scholarships, visit Campbell’s website: http://www.campbell.edu/cphs/admissions/tuition-financial-aid/scholarships/

What Makes Campbell University’s Pharmacy Program So Great?

As a Student Ambassador, I’m often asked the question “So what makes Campbell’s pharmacy program so great?” I love getting this question. I could tell prospective students that our graduates have maintained a 98% passage rate on the national pharmacy board exams, but this is not what makes Campbell great. I could tell them about our variety of dual degree programs and our small class size. But, again, this is not what makes Campbell great. I could tell them about the pharmacy students, my peers. I see them every day balancing school, work, study time, families, commutes, and organizational involvement, all while volunteering and becoming leaders in their communities. However, in a few years, all of us who are current students will have graduated. But even though we will no longer be here, Campbell’s pharmacy program will still be great. So what makes this program so exceptional? Even as a P1 student, it’s obvious that it is due to our dedicated faculty. It’s because of Dr. Cisneros, who takes a group of students out to eat every Thanksgiving if they live too far away from family. It’s because of Dr. Hall, who lifts us up with motivational emails on those long nights before a difficult exam. And it’s because of Dr. Hamrick, who offers to come in on a Sunday for extra exam review. These are just a few examples. If I asked current pharmacy students to list how our professors are great, I have no doubt that the list would wrap around the entire campus. Campbell University’s pharmacy program is great because of our dedicated faculty. As we’re stepping into a new era with a new President and a new Dean, I’m sure that it’s only going to get greater.

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Dr. Cisneros and Campbell Pharmacy students following a delicious Thanksgiving meal at Cracker Barrel. Dr. C’s Thanksgiving has been taking students who aren’t able to be with their families for the holiday to lunch for about 10 years! We are thankful for Dr. C!

-Heather Morrison (P1)

The Maddox Grand Ball

The Maddox Grand Ball, formerly known as The Apothecary Ball, is an event anticipated by students from the first day of classes of fall semester. It is one night to forget about school, dress up, and get out of Buies Creek for a few hours with 400 of your closest friends. This year the ball was held at Solas in Raleigh, and all the students in the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (DPT and PA included) were invited to the event. The theme was mirrored after The Great Gatsby. There were plenty of feathers, sparkles, and suspenders to go around.

My friends and I all got ready together, ate dinner at a restaurant down the road from Solas, and then headed to the main event. It was there that we spent quality time with our classmates (away from our books and pressure of pharmacy school). Beforehand each class voted on superlatives for our classmates and they were announced by the DJ. Upstairs there was a photo booth stocked full of feather boas, funny glasses, and crazy hats. DJ Flash provided the perfect music to dance the night away!

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All ready for the Maddox Ball

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Pharmacy girls at the Ball!

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Photo Booth fun!