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.

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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.

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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.

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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!