Pharmacy students are competitive.
I think we are just wired that way with the competitive nature of getting into pharmacy school, and the ever-declining market for jobs once graduation comes around. We all strive to be the best, to stand out, and to push ourselves ahead of our peers. Because of this reason, the January PharmD Fitness pushup challenge got pretty competitive…and a little crazy.
PharmD Fitness is a unique subset of APhA-ASP at Campbell, and it promotes being healthy and working out while in pharmacy school. There is a challenge posted every month for students to participate in, to try to keep us active amongst the constant studying. Usually, there is a small group of students who participate in these challenges. However, the month of January was very different. I don’t know if we were all just looking for something to keep us busy since it was our first month back to school, or if we really just did not want to lose that badly.
The challenge was simple – do pushups every day and post how many you do on the PharmD Fitness Facebook page. We are doctorate students, and trust is implied, so we use the honor system. The competition was between the four pharmacy class to see which class could do the most in the one month.
The P2 class was winning for a good portion of the month, but then it started getting really competitive to the fact that some students were doing 1,000 pushups daily. Students were constantly complaining of being “too sore” to type notes, or constantly needing icy hot.
The main competition was between the P2 and P3 classes; the P1’s and P4’s did not get as involved. In the end, the P3 class won. They got clever, and half of the class would do pushups together at the front of the classroom on the 10-minute breaks between every class. In the month, P4 class did 1,377 pushups, the P3 class did 48,235 pushups, the P2 class did 45,638 pushups and the P1 class 4,454 pushups.
Even though I hated not being part of the winning class, I really love how active all 4 pharmacy school classes were doing that month and how competitive the challenge got. It was also great to see the entire class come together towards one goal. Pharmacy school itself is a challenge and having other things to do helps keep you distracted and sane throughout all the studying. In the end, even if we all got competitive and perhaps even a little hostile, we are all one family working towards the same goal – to make it to graduation.
-Jenna Grago (P2)
The PharmD fitness push-up challenge was a friendly challenge between each class (P1-P4) that took place during the month of January to see who could do the most push-ups in a month. As the month progressed, more students began to participate and multiple students began to push themselves daily and try to do more push-ups than they did the day before. The competitive aspect of this challenge really began to set in with about 2 weeks left in the month with the lead shifting between the P2 and P3 class frequently. Some of my fellow classmates began doing push-ups in between our classes, and others would bring candy and other goodies and offer them to anyone who helped add to our total number. It got to the point where I would receive a text or snapchat almost daily telling me to do push-ups if most of the day had gone by and I hadn’t posted any on our Facebook fitness page.
As the month of January came to a close, and everyone was rushing to get those last minute push-ups in to help aid their class in winning, you couldn’t help but to check your Facebook every 30 seconds looking for the results, and the class who was going to be awarded with the bragging rights of doing the most push-ups. We know that it was going to be a close call between the P2 and P3 class, and when the results came back I think we all were a little shocked. The P1’s ended up doing 4,454 push-ups, P2’s did 45,638 push-ups, P3’s did 48,235 push-ups, and the P4’s did 1,377 push-ups. As a P3, I was thrilled that we were victorious, but I was shocked at the sheer number of push-ups we all completed during that month. The fact that we as a whole did 99,704 push-ups in a month was amazing to me. I was proud of all the people who started off doing 20 push-ups a day to doing 200 and 300+ a day. We were motivating and pushing each other to do more and more each day, and although I was happy my class won, I think I was more proud of the total number of push-ups we did as a whole.
-Matt Harding (P3)