Is pharmacy school hard? If I had a dollar each time, I got this question, my bank account would read different. When I got into SOP, I had friends tell me how hard the next 5 years of my life were going to be and like any millennial, I dived into the internet googling what episode of Jumanji I had just signed for. I read articles on end, but none painted an actual picture of what to expect. Now, 3 years in, I can give a bluntly candid answer.
So, is pharmacy school hard?
The short version of the answer is yes. Pharmacy is a hard course but a totally doable one nonetheless. I would not say the content taught is hard to grasp especially having met the academic requirements to take on the course. Intense, intense would be the word to describe it. Picture drinking water from a fire hydrant. You are required to grasp a lot in a short period of time.
The number of units per semester might be double those taken by your friends in other fields, making classes more and contact hours just as much. Between the pharmaceutical sciences and the chemistry, the physiology and the microbiology to the reports you are expected to turn in, the papers you have to study for and the pass mark you are required to meet, it could get overwhelming. However, with good time management, study skills that work for you is and passion for the profession, you can hack it. Remember, confidence and hard work are the best medicine to kill the disease called failure – Abdul Kalam
As involving as the course is, it is also fun, exciting, interesting and highly rewarding especially in light of what you are working towards. You get to make amazing friends and cross paths with the great people carving their names and making milestones in healthcare. Given how vast the field is, there are countless career paths to explore, from research to retail to hospital pharmacy, to find the field that excites you most. It also does not hurt that you look awesome in that white lab coat.
There will be nights you will forego sleep to meet a deadline or study for a paper, there will be a unit or two you will struggle with, you might even have to resit one but there will be days during your ward rounds patients will thank you for taking care of them or even catch a possible drug and drug interaction every one missed and nothing beats that feeling. The lives of our future patients depend on how hard we work today.
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