My first day of the beginning of pharmacy school was yesterday-- Orientation.
My gosh, can words even describe how weird it is to sit in a room alongside 175 other people who share the same passion and goal as me? I have worked so hard for so long to get to this point. And sitting in the room being prepped for these next four years of coursework, the expectations of us as student pharmacists, and the importance of professionalism in our profession really hit me-- I am going to be a pharmacist. It's no longer an "I hope to be..." it's an "I will be...".
The Dean shared a quote with us that really stuck with me, "People won't want to know what you know, until you show that you care." As we looked over the Pledge of Professionalism, the Oath of the Pharmacist, and Code of Ethics for Pharmacists, that quote continued to resonate. The profession of pharmacy revolves around patient care, and as much schooling as we have ahead of us, and as much knowledge as we will all have after the next four years-- it will all mean nothing if we don't have the care and compassion behind what we do.
I know that these next four years won't be easy, and I know I'll probably end up complaining about all of the studying and assignments before it's all done with.. but I hope I never forget this feeling right now. This excitement that I've been feeling about getting started. I never want to take pharmacy school for granted, because it has taken so much work to get to this point, and there are so many out there that don't even make it here.
May 2017-- I can't wait to see how much knowledge I hold upon graduation. Going into our White Coat Ceremony today we're all excited, nervous, and anxious to get started. A class full of strangers that I can't wait to get to know in these upcoming weeks.
And I swear all of these sappy pharmacy posts are almost over... :)