1. What all were you involved in during your time in college? (clubs, sports, extra-curriculars, volunteering, etc)
Aside from being a member of LKS, I was a member of SNAPhA and Rho Chi. I was also the class of 2018 student representative for the Academic Affairs Committee.
2. What would you consider the “perfect balance” for studying, work, sleep, and a social life?
9 hours of sleep per night would be sublime. As far as work and studying goes, it would be nice if they didn’t take up more than 30 – 40 hours a week combined. I would be content with 3-4 hours per day to spend with friends and family. I would use the rest of my time to relax, go outside, watch Netflix, listen to music and dance in the kitchen.
3. Did you ever have to sacrifice one of the things above to maintain such good grades?
Yes, of course. Sleep and a social life were definitely the first things to go. I dedicated the vast majority of my time to studying and going to class. I don’t think I missed a single class in all 4 years of pharmacy school. I would be at school and in the library by 4 am most days (I’m most productive in the morning) and I would try to be in bed by 9 or 10 pm.This didn’t leave much time for sleep or a social life.
4. What advice would you give your sisters about managing the stress that comes with trying to live a “balanced” life in pharmacy school?
I did a terrible job at managing stress and living a “balanced” life in pharmacy school. I put school and grades above everything else. The one piece of advice I would give is to find a small group of people that you trust to share study materials with and to vent with. Pharmacy school is tough, and it’s important to have people to share the struggle with.