Pharmacy in the Frontier

End of Semester 1

by on Dec.31, 2010, under Campus, Classes, Site

Apparently, this subdomain was hacked sometime in between now and the first week. When exactly, I have no idea, as unfortunately, I didn’t keep to my promise of updating as often as I wished.  It was an oversight on my part to believe that I could do that, given my previous blogging habits as well as adapting to the new schedule and surroundings.

The first semester was undoubtedly with its ups and its downs.  The beginning of the semester started simple enough, but it picked up soon enough.  For the first few weeks, no exams, assignments, etc. Not too long after, every week came with two to three exams. Despite starting the semester with “proper study habits” that helped while I was still at the University of Houston, I soon fell out of said habits being lulled into a false sense of security.  From that point onward, I was unable to find a way to study properly and found myself cramming for the rest of the entire semester.  I’m hoping that I will be able to settle into the rhythm sooner this coming semester.

As for the groups mentioned before in the previous post, I was blessed to have been assigned to a very close-knit and coordinated team.  We quickly settled into our own work roles and were able to get our projects done in a fairly timely and qualified manner.  Some – according to stories I hear from my peers – were not so lucky.  Due to some living in Corpus rather than Kingsville, their work-ethic, or how they naturally interact with people, quite a few had to put in more effort than their teammates.  Like they say, however, you will have to learn to cope, because in the end, you still need to accomplish your goals.  You can’t really choose your coworkers… Hopefully my next group will be able to work together as well as this past one.

Immunizations were not as bad as I used to think. The media has a tendency to zoom in on the needles making contact with the skin, to a point where you can see the tension between the needle and the skin just before the needle breaks through. That bothered me for years until I actually had to take the training course. I don’t have zoom vision, and my sight is somewhat obscured by my hand as well as the rest of the syringe.  Additionally, I could not feel the needle having any trouble with reaching the target area. Thank you, James, for being my training partner that day.  I still don’t feel too comfortable with subcutaneous injections yet, but hopefully that will come with time.

A clarification on the service hours came near the end of the semester, in which one of the faculty/staff assured us that as long as we were CLOSE to the 15 hours required, we would be fine, as long as we reach the minimum 30 hours for the year.  They do want the service projects to be of different purposes if at all possible, however (for example, you shouldn’t have JUST immunization projects on your record… there should be blood glucose/pressure screenings, etc as well).

At the end of examinations, we are requested to visit with our academic adviser. Fortunately, my marks weren’t in the “danger zone”, so it went rather smoothly.  It was merely a survey-esque session in which I gave my feedback on how the college was run, how it could do better, how it could help us to do better, etc. This is understandable, given that it is a rather new establishment and only just accredited this year.

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