PharmCas is Open–Apply to UC Early Decision Today!

Thinking about applying Early Decision?

UCSOP is the place to be! Apply early decision and get a jump start on your pharmacy career! Have questions about the early decision process? Below you will find answers to some common questions about the University of Charleston School of Pharmacy (UCSOP) Early Decision Program.

Q: Why should I apply Early Decision instead of Regular Decision?

  • You are competing with a much smaller pool of applicants.
  • Avoid the Waitlist – the later you apply, the greater chance you have of facing the dreaded waitlist.
  • Regular interview dates are limited and fill up fast; get a jump start and be among the first to interview.
  • By applying through the Early Decision Program, you can sit back and relax during your last year of undergraduate work while your fellow classmates are stressing over the application process!

Q: Should I apply to other schools at the same time?

The Early Decision Program is a binding option and an applicant must enroll in UCSOP if admitted. An Early Decision applicant may only apply to one pharmacy school during this time. If an applicant is not offered admission through the Early Decision program before the October deadline, they may begin applying to other schools at that time.

Q: What is the Early Decision application deadline?

The Early Decision Application deadline is September 2, 2014.

Q: What do I need to submit by the deadline?

You must submit a completed PharmCAS application that includes:

  • All official transcripts from every college/university you’ve attend
  • Official PCAT Scores – must take during or before July 2014
  • Two Letters of Reference (1 must be from a faculty member)

You must also submit a University of Charleston School of Pharmacy Supplemental Application at: http://epayments.ucwv.edu/Pharmacy/PharmacyApplication.asp

"I applied early decision and found the process to be easy. It was a relief to know where I was going to pharmacy school early. I was able to focus more fully on my studies." -Emily Jarrett, Class of 2017

“I applied early decision and found the process to be easy. It was a relief to know where I was going to pharmacy school early. I was able to focus more fully on my studies.” -Emily Jarrett, Class of 2017

If all requirements are not received by the September 3rd deadline, PharmCAS will automatically change your status from an Early Decision Applicant to Regular Status. Your application will not be reviewed by the UCSOP until all requirements have been received.

Q: When would I interview?

Interviews for Early Decision candidates will be held on September 19, 2014.

Q: How long does it take to find out if I am accepted for Early Decision admission?

All Early Decision Applicants will be notified of their admissions decision by the PharmCAS deadline (October 2014).

Q: What happens next if I am accepted?

If you are accepted through the Early Decision Program, you will be required to submit a non-refundable $1,000 Early Decision Tuition Deposit. This amount can be split into two $500 payments. The first payment will be due within one week of your notification of acceptance. The second $500 payment will be due by May 1, 2015.

Q: Can I change my mind after I am accepted for Early Decision?

A student who is accepted through the Early Decision Process is not eligible to apply to any other PharmCAS pharmacy school during that admissions cycle.

Q: What are the PCAT dates to qualify for the Early Decision process?

July 17-18, 2014 or earlier
Register at www.pcatweb.info

Q: Who do I contact if I have a question about my application or the Early Decision process?

Office of Professional & Student Affairs
304-357-4889
pharmacy@ucwv.edu

or –

Stacie Geise
Admissions Specialist
304-357-4889
staciegeise@ucwv.edu

UCSOP Students Declare Their Favorite Activities in the Charleston Area (Part 2)

We are continuing to highlight favorite activities of the UC pharmacy students.  Owing to Charleston’s location where I-64, I-77, and I-79 meet, students and faculty alike will venture out for a little fun.  So when we ask them where their favorite weekend getaway was, they all headed out in different directions.  Swimming, boating, fishing, hiking, skiing, shopping, fine dining, antiquing, and many other activities are available in these locations:

Weekend Getaways (too many link to post them all!)

Summersville Lake

The Greenbrier

Lewisburg, WV

Columbus, OH

Hawk’s Nest State Park and New River Gorge

Sandstone Falls

Winterplace

Snow Shoe

Sports

Sports are always a big part of the West Virginia lifestyle, and UCSOP students enjoy attended UC sporting events, basketball, tennis, and football, especially the rivalry games against nearby WV State University.  They also will travel to Morgantown to see WVU play, and enjoy the WV Power Baseball games (http://www.milb.com/index.jsp?sid=t525) in Charleston.

Live Music

Whether it is a relaxing weekend evening listening to a performer in Taylor Books, or a major concert at the Charleston Civic Center, or somewhere in between, Charleston has plenty to offer.  The last post talked about Live on the Levee, which is a student and faculty favorite, and offers free concerts by the river every Friday night during the summer.  Another favorite venue is the Clay Center, which hosts, the WV symphony, and a variety of shows throughout the year, including the Nutcracker performed by the Charleston Ballet in December.  Additionally students enjoy music at small, downtown establishments, such as The Boulevard Tavern and The Empty Glass.  You may even find an open mic night if you want to try out your talents.

http://www.theclaycenter.org/performances.aspx

http://www.charlestonwvciviccenter.com/ticketsandevents/events/events.html

http://www.emptyglass.com/

http://www.theboulevardtavernwv.com/

P2 student Eric Tong at the New River Gorge Bridge.

P2 student Eric Tong at the New River Gorge Bridge.

Eric Tong at Hawk's Nest

Eric Tong at Hawk’s Nest

Hannah Hutchinson and her daughter hiking near Beckley, WV

Hannah Hutchinson and her daughter hiking near Beckley, WV

P3 student Katie Lilly and her family like to hang out at Summersville Lake.  If you look carefully, you can see people at the top getting ready to make the big leap into the lake!

P3 student Katie Lilly and her family like to hang out at Summersville Lake. If you look carefully, you can see people at the top getting ready to make the big leap into the lake!

First Fridays in Pharmacy (F2Rx)

Beginning Fall Semester 2014, the University of Charleston School of Pharmacy will be offering complimentary transcript evaluations and opening houses on the first Friday of each month.

Friday, September 5, 2014
Friday, October 3, 2014
Friday, November 7, 2014
Friday, February 6, 2015
Friday, March 6, 2015
Friday, April 3, 2015

*Please note that there are no First Fridays in December 2014 or January 2015.

Students interested in attending the UC SOP are invited to meet with our Director of Student Affairs, Ms. Jamie Bero for complimentary transcript review anytime between 10am and 12noon on First Fridays. Students should bring transcripts (unofficial transcripts are acceptable) to the School of Pharmacy and they will be reviewed to determine any outstanding prerequisites. A recommendation will be made on how best to complete outstanding prerequisites in the most time efficient manner to be able to apply to pharmacy school.

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Also on First Fridays, UC SOP will host an Open House for prospective students staring at 12noon. The even includes lunch followed by a power point presentation highlighting the University of Charleston School of Pharmacy accomplishments; what sets us apart from other schools of pharmacy in the nation; and an overview of the admissions process. A tour of the school and of East Apartments will also be included.

To register for one of our First Friday Open House events visit: www.ucwv.edu/pharmacy.

For additional information, please contact:

Office of Professional & Student Affairs
304-357-4889
pharmacy@ucwv.edu

or –

Ms. Jamie Bero
Director of Student Affairs
304-720-6685
jamiebero@ucwv.edu

Want a more intensive Open House experience? Consider our ExRx (Experience Pharmacy) Open House experience. To learn more visit: http://www.ucwv.edu/Pharmacy/ExRx/.

UCSOP Students Declare Their Favorite Activities in the Charleston Area (Part 1)

In the same unscientific survey where some UCSOP students reported their favorite Charleston area food options, they also listed some of their favorite activities.  So if you are thinking that Charleston is too small to offer any fun, think again, and check out this list of favorites.  Unlike the food, most of the time there were so many different answers, there was not a clear winners in the categories, so here is an overview of some of the favorites. And if you have a favorite that we have missed, leave us a comment.

Again, before checking out this list, there is something that you have to understand about Charleston, WV.  When talking about the city of Charleston, people often include surrounding areas in that conversation.  So when asked for favorites, students automatically included activities from surrounding areas.  So check out all the fun, and maybe rethink your impression of Charleston, WV!  As with the food post, we are also including some faculty and staff favorites here as well (yes, faculty and staff like to have a fun too!).  Part 2 of this post will cover favorite local events, weekend getaways, sports, and live music.

Favorite Outdoor Activity

This list included a variety

of year-round activities, including skiing, hiking, playing tennis, riding motorcycles and ATVs, zip-lining, playing Ultimate Frisbee, and participating in a variety of activities on Magic Island.  Live on the Levee is a series of free concerts in the summer on the river bank in downtown Charleston, and is also a faculty favorite.  All summer long there are a variety of musical acts every Friday night, with plenty of places to pull up a chair, food trucks for dinner or snacks, and just a short walk to some other Charleston favorites, such as Taylor Books and Ellen’s Ice Cream on Capital Street.  Many of these activities take place in the large variety of parks and wooded areas around Charleston, such as Kanawha State Forest, which is great for picnics, Frisbee, walking, studying, and has hiking and biking trails, as well as a pool.  And the students did not even mention white water rafting – a WV staple for summer and fall fun.  Try rafting the New River if you are a novice or the Gauley River if you are more experienced.   Playing golf is a faculty and staff favorite.  For those of you that have kids, I have included a like to a USA Today article about fun with kids in Charleston, but it highlights some of our student favorites also.  I guess when it comes to fun we are all just big kids!

http://liveontheleveecharleston.com/line-up/

http://adventuresonthegorge.com/

http://www.kcprc.com/coonskin_park.htm

http://winterplace.com/

http://www.kanawhastateforest.com/

3rd Floor Administrative Assistant Marea Dodd learning to golf.

3rd Floor Administrative Assistant Marea Dodd learning to golf.

A great shot of the crowd and the boats at Live on the Levee.

A great shot of the crowd and the boats at Live on the Levee.

Faculty member Ron Ramirez and his wife having fun at Live on the Levee.

Faculty member Ron Ramirez and his wife having fun at Live on the Levee.

Staff member Erika Riggs and her family are preparing to go zip-lining.

Staff member Erika Riggs and her family are preparing to go zip-lining.

Favorite Place to Shop

Student tending to gravitate toward shopping at area malls, including the Charleston Town Center Mall, the Huntington Mall (it is really in Barboursville), Beckley’s Crossroads Mall, as well as downtown and Corridor G shops.  Corridor G is a road that head south from Charleston into the coal fields of WV, but at the Charleston end has many shops and restaurants, including Target, Walmart, Sam’s Club, Lowes and Home Depot, Cabela’s, Gander Mountain, Marquee Cinemas, Red Lobster, Long Horn, Olive Garden, O’Charley’s, and many others, all in different shopping plazas.  So you may hear people direct you to Corridor G, Southridge, Ashton Place, Dudley Farms, but it is all the same general area.  There are also hotels in that area if you are coming for a visit.  The Charleston Town Center is an excellent mall that has a variety of shops, including Macy’s, JCPenney, Sephora, Coach, White House Black Market, local cell phone providers, a bank, several restaurants and a food court, just to name a few.

http://www.charlestontowncenter.com/

http://www.huntingtonmall.com/

http://shopcrossroads.com/

Favorite Weekend Hangout

Once again the favorite hangouts included a variety of locations, including movies, coffee shops, the pool, and the mall.  Local independent bookstore Taylor Books is a student and faculty favorite.  They have coffee, beer and wine, desserts, quiche in Sundays, live music on Friday and Saturday nights, and an exhibit of local art.  Oh yeah, and some comfy seating for reading.  Below are links to Taylor Books’ Facebook page, Waves of Fun pool and water park, which at least one student specifically noted as a favorite weekend hangout (located in Hurricane, WV), and Moxxee Coffee.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Taylor-Books/83841413592

http://wvwavesoffun.weebly.com/

http://moxxeecoffee.com/

Dr. Anne Teichman and her family enjoy spending time at the Kanawha City Pool, which is not far from the UC campus.

Dr. Anne Teichman and her family enjoy spending time at the Kanawha City Pool, which is not far from the UC campus.

 

UCSOP Students Declare Their Favorite Food in the Charleston Area

In a very unscientific survey this past semester, some UCSOP students sent in their favorite places to grab lunch, a burger and more.  So whether you are planning a visit to Charleston, moving to campus to start the fall semester, or even if you are one of our current students looking for a new place to try, check out this list of favorites.  And if you have a favorite that we have missed, add it in to the comment section below.

Before checking out this list, there is something that you have to understand about Charleston, WV.  When talking about the city of Charleston, people often include surrounding areas in that conversation because there are many smaller communities near the city that are definitely worth a visit.  So when asked for favorites, students automatically included restaurants from surrounding towns, including South Charleston, Teays Valley, Cross Lanes, and Sissonville.  So buckle up and start your food tour of the Charleston area!

Best Pizza

When it comes to pizza, Pies & Pints Pizzeria is an overwhelming favorite among students (faculty too!).  This local specialty pizza place started with a shop in Fayetteville, WV, where you can still visit the original, then opened in Charleston, and has now become a regional chain with locations in Morgantown, Columbus, Dayton, and opening more locations in the near future.  Check out their website and Facebook page for more information

http://piesandpints.net/

https://www.facebook.com/piesandpints

Other local favorites for pizza are Lola’s, Graziano’s, and Husson’s.

Best Burgers

Students do not mind hopping in the car and taking a ride to Teays Valley (about 20-25 minutes west) to chow down on the fat patties at Fat Patty’s.  This local chain has four locations, and serves burgers, sandwiches, salads, and more.  You can order their beer-battered fries by the bucket!  So whether you are in the mood for the Lasso patty covered in BBQ sauce or the Luau Cow topped with ham and pineapple, or just a classic burger, Fat Patty’s has something for you.

http://www.fatpattysonline.com/

https://www.facebook.com/Fatpattys

Other popular places for burgers are Five Guys, Cold Spot, B&D Gastropub, FireSide Grill (Teays Valley), Bluegrass Kitchen, and Vandalia Grill.  And Carney’s is a new restaurant in Cross Lanes that is a faculty recommendation for great burgers!

Favorite Lunch Spot

For lunch students are all over the place in their favorites – Vietnamese, Chinese, crepes, or they may just grab a sandwich.  Two favorites are located about 10-15 minutes from campus in South Charleston – Pho Vinh Long and Yen’s Sandwich shop.

Sorry, no website for these locally owned restaurants, but check out the articles below about the great soups (BTW, even the small bowl is big!) at Pho Vinh Long, and the unique (and inexpensive) sandwiches at Yen’s.

http://whycharlestonwv.com/restaurants-in-charleston/happiness-in-a-bowl-at-pho-vin-long/

http://www.wvgazette.com/Life/201304160191

Other favorites lunch spots include Tricky Fish, Café Creperi, Taste of Asia (also in South Charleston), Pita Pit, The Wheelhouse, M&M Mart and Deli, Bellicino’s, and First Watch.  Las Trancas Mexican Restaurant is a faculty favorite.

Favorite Restaurant

This one got a lot of responses, with no clear winner.  Some of them also showed up in the lists above, and some are chains and some are local.

Popular choices were Soho’s (at the Capital Market), Adelphia Sports Bar, Pies and Pints Pizzeria, Bluegrass Kitchen, Fazio’s, Main Kwong, Su Tei, Cracker Barrel, Lone Star, Chop House, Tidewater, Top Spot Country Cookin’ (in Sissonville), Black Sheep Buritto & Brews, and the buffet at the Mardi Gras Casino and Resort in Cross Lanes.  A faculty favorite is the South Hills Market and Café.  Check out the links below to see what’s on the menu.

http://www.bluegrasswv.com/

http://su-tei.com/

http://adelphiasportsbar.com/

http://www.fazios.net/

http://topspotcountrycookin.com/

http://www.blacksheepwv.com/

http://southhillsmarket.com/

UC SOP Offers Students the Opportunity to Experience Pharmacy

ExRx-postcard

Are you asking yourself: “Which professional school is right for me?” Do you want to learn more about what pharmacists actually do? If you are considering pharmacy school and are a high school senior or current undergraduate and want to learn more about the pharmacy profession, we have the perfect event for you!

High School Seniors and Undergraduates can now experience pharmacy at our University of Charleston ExRx events (#UCExRx) from 9am-12noon on  Saturdays: June 14, September 20 and October 18, 2014.*

Students will have the opportunity to actually experience pharmacy by working with current student pharmacists, faculty and staff to:IMG_6606

  • Make ointment in the compounding lab
  • View a demonstration in our simulation lab
  • Learn more about making IVs
  • Explore different careers in pharmacy

 

Morning activities will be followed by a luncheon Q & A with current student pharmacists. Space is limited for these specialized events. To register visit: http://www.ucwv.edu/pharmacy/ExRx/.

Need more information? Contact Stacie Geise at 304-357-4889.

*Free tickets to UC football games on September 20 and October 18 will be offered to interested attendees.

UC SOP Offers Summer Camp for High School Students

Through a grant by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, the University of Charleston School of Pharmacy is able to contribute to a goal of increasing the number of West Virginia high school students who are exposed to health care careers. With the funds, the UC SOP is hosting an EPIC summer camp (E.xploring P.rofessions in H.ealth C.are) Sunday, June 22 – Friday, June 27, 2014. All activities will be held on UC’s campus and the camp is 100% FREE to the student….that’s right, all meals, lodging, and camp activities are covered by the program!

epicThe impetus for offering this camp experience was based on a work force demand analysis document released from the West Virginia Rural Health Association, entitled Health Care in West Virginia. The analysis examined the needs of the West Virginia population in relation to the health care work force in the state.  The document concluded that presently a shortage of 487 primary care physicians in West Virginia exists, which translates into $430 million in lost revenue and 11,000 lost jobs for West Virginia.  The shortage is especially significant in southern West Virginia.

Research indicates people from rural areas, who pursue health care careers, return to rural areas to work upon completion of their education.

In addition to using survey methodologies for this project, the University of Charleston School of Pharmacy, Physician Assistant and Nursing programs will host this week-long Health Care Enrichment camp in an effort to expose dozens of rising high school juniors from southern West Virginia to various health care professions.  The camp will provide students with knowledge and active learning opportunities from health professions such as pharmacy, family medicine, dentistry, physician assistant, nursing, and radiological sciences.

Dr. David Latif, UCOSP Professor and Chair of the UC West Virginia Rural Healthcare Grant Committee stated “Part of our mission is “to serve the community as leaders in rural health.”  We feel honored and excited that we are doing this because we truly want to make a positive impact on the citizens of southern West Virginia.”

The camp is an incredible opportunity for high school students considering a career in health care. The application process is simple and the deadline for submission is Thursday, May 15, 2014. There is an application and one letter of recommendation from the student’s science teacher that is required. This information can be found on the following website: http://www.ucwv.edu/epic .

If you have specific questions about the program, please feel free to contact Dr. David Latif, EPIC summer camp coordinator at: davidlatif@ucwv.edu or (304) 357-4354.

Waitlisted? Now What?

Geise (1)Tips for students who find themselves on the waitlist Contributed by Stacie Geise, Admissions Specialist, UC SOP

 

The applicants who are offered a spot on the waitlist are those we would love to have in our program at the University of Charleston School of Pharmacy. Should a seat become available in the class, candidates from this list will be offered full admission into the UCSOP program.

wait list

What are my chances of being admitted from the waitlist? The number of students admitted from the waitlist varies from cycle to cycle. The University of Charleston School of Pharmacy will continue to make to make offers, as seats become available, until the start of the required PHAR 501L (Seminar in Professionalism) on August 11, 2014.

 

If I am made an offer, what will I need to do next?

  • Prior to May 1st: You will have one week to submit either your full $1,000 deposit or your first $500 installment (the second $500 installment will be due May 1st).
  • After May 1st: You will be required to submit your full $1,000 non-refundable tuition deposit by the given deadline.
  • Please note, as we get closer to August, the amount of time you have to accept your offer may decrease from one week, five day, three day, 24 hours.
  • The amount of time you have to accept your offer will be given to you at the time the offer is made (via phone and email).

Should I submit my FAFSA if I am on the waitlist?  We encourage students to submit their FAFSA while on the waitlist. This will help expedite the financial aid process if you are made an offer and the FAFSA has already been submitted.

University of Charleston School Code: 003818

What steps can I be taking now to prepare for an offer of admission to the UCSOP?  There are various admission requirements that admitted students need to complete prior to starting the program.

Some steps you can take now to prepare for an offer:

  • Start your Hepatitis B shot series (you must have the 1st and 2nd shot prior to starting the program)
  • Take your BLS-CPR Class
  • Start to get an idea of places to live in the Charleston area if you are wanting to live off-campus
  • Contact our office if you are interested in viewing all requirements in more detail
  • Continue working on completing any outstanding prerequisite courses (You will need to have successfully completed all prerequisite courses by July 25, 2014.)
  • If admitted, the first day of orientation (PHAR 501L) will be Monday, August 11, 2014

If I am offered admission, how will I be contacted?

  • The Office of Professional & Student Affairs (OPSA) will call and email you regarding your offer of admission.
  • Make sure the OPSA has your updated contact information at all times.
  • Be sure to check your voicemail and email daily in the event an offer is made.

What if I am not offered admission by August 11, 2014? If you are not offered admission to the University of Charleston School of Pharmacy this cycle, we encourage you to apply again. We do participate in the PharmCAS Early Decision Program. You would need to complete and submit your PharmCAS by the September 2, 2014 deadline. Please visit http://www.pharmcas.org for details.

I am a student applying next year. Do you have any tips for avoiding the waitlist?

  • Apply early! The application typically is available beginning in July and interviews start in September for Early Decision applicants and November for traditional applicants.
  • Remember, it generally takes 4-6 weeks for an application to be verified by PharmCAS once a completed application and all transcripts are received.
  • Follow up with those writing your letters of recommendation as a missing letter could delay you in moving forward in the UCSOP admissions cycle.
  • Monitor the status of your PharmCAS application through the website, check emails often. Remember to check your Junk/Spam folder as sometimes important, time-sensitive emails from PharmCAS and the UCSOP can end up in this folder.

Have a question? Submit it here! 

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Phi Delta Chi Chapter Established at UCSOP

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Contributed by Amy E. Stewart
Worthy Vice Counselor, Phi Delta Chi
Doctor of Pharmacy Candidate 2016
University of Charleston School of Pharmacy

The UC School of Pharmacy Gamma Chi Chapter of the national Phi Delta Chi pharmacy fraternity was officially established on January 25, 2014. Phi Delta Chi was originally founded at University of Michigan on November 2, 1883. The fraternity began as men only, but has since evolved to accept male and female members, all to be called brothers. Phi Delta Chi has a mission to develop leaders to advance the profession of pharmacy. The fraternity promotes scholastic, professional and social growth in all brothers. With 86 active chapters throughout the US, Phi Delta Chi brothers can be found anywhere you go.PHI DEX2

Phi Delta Chi is the only Greek social organization within the UC SOP. We currently have 40 initiated brothers, 12 of which were just initiated on April 12, 2014. Our traditions and activities are far different from any of the other organizations on campus. Of course we have an academic and pharmacy focus, but we also strive to promote brotherhood among all of our members through frequent social events. Some social events that we have held in the past include, bowling nights, pot lucks, and a white elephant Christmas party.

 

PHIDEX3To our brothers, the creation of our Phi Delta Chi chapter not only represented an outstanding leadership opportunity, but also a chance to bring a unity among the various classes and develop strong, lifelong relationships with our peers and other professionals. The friendships and bonds that we have created within the fraternity are like having an extended family. The love and support that we have for one another will truly last a lifetime!

 

UCSOP Students Balance Pharmacy School and Parenting

 

Class of 2016 student Scott Stratton tells about being a new pharmacy student and a new parent in the same year, and gives some advice if you are considering applying to pharmacy school and have kids of your own

My name is Scott Stratton and I am a second year student at University of Charleston School of Pharmacy. My life recently changed forever as my beautiful wife, Cassandra, gave birth to our first child, Luke Asher during the spring semester of my P1 year. My purpose is to give some insight from a father’s perspective on juggling pharmacy school and family life. I have no intention on persuading you to apply for pharmacy school but to inform you about my own personal experience and how I try to balance things out so that I am successful as a student and most importantly as a family man.

If you are interested in pursuing a career as a pharmacist then I should tell you that it’s no easy task. Of course, every person is different and there are varying degrees of ability within each student. I am the type of student who works hard to make good grades, and sometimes I do put a lot of stress on myself because I always want to strive to do my absolute best and learn as much as I possibly can. However, I also spend quality time with my family so it is truly a juggling act.

I think that if you’re interested in school but want to start a family as well (or already have one!), it is extremely important that you and your family talk thoroughly about the sacrifices that each of you must make to ensure that you’re successful in pursuing this endeavor. Time is the most precious commodity so make the best of it. In my own personal situation, I am commuting 4 hours each day for school simply because it is more beneficial to my wife and my son rather than have them relocate. While it is hard and I don’t have a lot of time to study during the week my wife and I have utilized a plan on the weekends so that I can make up the lost time for studying. Sleep is also something that you may find yourself lacking so I would encourage you if you’re not a fan of coffee to learn to love it as it has been my best friend this semester. Even though our life is so busy, we would definitely do things the same way we have done them. Luke Asher has given me a deeper sense of purpose, as my wife would agree. Please take my advice and know that you are willing to make the sacrifice to get through school then it is worth it to pursue your dream. You can have the best of both worlds if you work hard to keep a balance between school and your family.

All in all, your success in school really depends on the sacrifices that you’re willing to make. While it may seem like your neglecting your family just remember that if you do decide to go to school that what you’re doing is admirable. You are putting your family first by putting a huge emphasis on your education. Just remember that pharmacy school is only four years and a great career choice. By graduating, you will be passing down a legacy to your child so they will have what they need and want, and they may even go to pharmacy school themselves. Stay positive and focused and I think you will be happy with the result.

Scott and Luke

Scott and Luke

Scott and his family

Scott and his family

Class of 2015 student Hannah Hutchinson talks about her experience balancing life as a pharmacy student, wife, and mother of two older children (Oh, yeah, and she is our PSGA president this year too!)

As a parent of two middle school children, I worried about how to balance my family life with pharmacy school when I first began almost three years ago. However, since then I have come to realize that it is similar to working a full time job and coming home each night to fix dinner, attend extracurricular activities, help with homework, and have a little time to work on my own studies. I make every effort to suspend studying over the weekend to allow plenty of time to do what we love, like camping, card games, visiting with friends, and finding new hiking trails in the beautiful WV State Parks. There are times when our schedules are overloaded during sports seasons and holidays, but we’ve learned to let go of whatever we can and flow through until there is time to catch up again. A unique experience of going through graduate school at this life stage is that both of my children have started asking about career goals for themselves, which opens up the perfect teaching moment about lifelong learning and the importance of education.

Hannah and her family

Hannah and her family

So if you are a parent and are on the fence about applying to pharmacy school, know that Scott and Hannah, and many other students here at UCSOP, are striking the proper balance of being a successful parent and a successful pharmacy student.  So have that important discussion with your loved ones, have confidence you can be successful, and get ready to submit your application next fall! 

Feel free to leave questions for Scott or Hannah in the comment section below!