I’ll start with the most obvious because I know you’ve probably heard this one a thousand times. You’ve been told to find your best study habits early on and maximize your time. Do what you need to do to get where you want to be… P1 year will be more challenging for some than others, some will study more than others, and that’s okay. Study to your needs. Don’t worry if you study less than your friend; don’t think something is “wrong” if you study more. Tailor your study habits to you, and be okay with that. Studying isn’t measured by the hours put into it but the quality of the time spent studying. My advice: don’t study just to say you studied “x” amount of hours. Set aside a time you are going to study and actually study. And if you know the information, then be confident in that and see #5 below! You are in pharmacy school and you are going to do a lot of studying, so enjoy the time you do have.
- Here’s to new beginnings!
Some of you went to large universities and some of you went to small colleges, but what do you all have in common? You are at Campbell for pharmacy school. Trust me, I love my Tar Heels and I proudly wear my Carolina blue, and you should be just as proud of where you came from. But your focus now is on making the most of your time here at Campbell. Get involved, join organizations, pick up leadership roles and make a difference. You will apply for jobs and residencies and they will look at what you did in your four years here, so capitalize on the countless opportunities presented to you. We’ve all heard that the past is not the present (or something similar to it), and it’s true. You are here now; enjoy it and further yourself.
From life on the Hill to Buies Creek, I’m so thankful to be on this journey and to have the support of those around me (including my sister, pictured here)!
- Don’t lose your sanity!
You’ll read #5 soon and it will go along with my point here. Pharmacy school is time consuming, pharmacy school is hard, and pharmacy school is not always fun. Don’t think you can do it on your own; you will need support, and it will come in many different forms. Maybe your family is your biggest support system (as is mine) and you’ll also come to rely on the friends you make here (we can’t do it without them). Many of you are married or engaged, maybe dating, and some of you will meet your “person” here in school. Don’t be afraid of your professors; they don’t just want you to succeed, they want to help you succeed. One thing you will hear, or more than likely have already heard, is that Campbell is a family. And it’s true. You aren’t just a number, you are a name. Your professors, administrators, classmates, and friends are on the same journey as you (or at least in some way contributing to your journey), going through the same struggles, experiencing similar triumphs, so it’s no surprise that the people you spend a large majority of your time with will quickly become like your family. My point? You will need the help and support of others, and it’s okay to admit it.
Some weeks will fly by, and some will seem like a year has gone by. Don’t give up. Don’t lose faith. Don’t lose sight of your goal. Don’t let a bad grade keep you from moving forward. I could continue with a list of “don’ts” but what you need to remember most is to persevere. It is inevitable that something is going to disappoint you in your time here, whether it’s a poor exam performance, a lost leadership opportunity or a variety of personal matters. It’s going to upset you or make you mad, but accepting that it is going to happen now will make it a lot easier to overcome when you do face it. It may be cliché, but always look for the silver lining. I’m not telling you to ignore the negatives, but don’t forget about the positives too! It’s important to celebrate the victories. So you didn’t get the grade you wanted on the first exam; ace that next one and hang it on the refrigerator! What’s most important is to keep moving forward!
- HAVE FUN
Maybe you’ve been told this, and maybe you don’t believe you’ll have time. You might not have a lot of time, but you will have the most time now and you will find early on just how important it is to HAVE FUN. School will be hard (and it’s only going to get harder, a lot harder) and you will need to escape sometimes. Juggling school and fun is about time management. Use your time efficiently so that you can have free time. Pharmacy school will consume a large majority of your time, but don’t let it take all of your time. Find your hobby, find your friends, and rely on them. Join a fraternity, hang out with a study group or the person sitting beside you in class; whatever it is, find your fun. You will need it. Yes, school is a top priority, but remember there is life outside of school. It’s okay to take a break and HAVE FUN!
Not only has Phi Delta Chi Fraternity provided me the opportunity to network, but it has also given me an awesome group of brothers!
-Abby Ellington (P1)