Interesting question. The simplest answer, without being flippant is:
The hardest thing about obtaining an undergraduate degree and then Pharmacy school is twofold: a) time and effort involved to complete the degree cycle and b) ending student loan balance.
Many of the P3 and P4 students I deal with are overwhelmed with the workload coupled with the fact that they will only use a small percentage of their knowledge in the everyday work enviroment.
That being said talk to your high school counselor and become involved in the work study program with one of the retail pharmacies in the area. Go to www.ptcb.org and begin to study for the National Technician Certification Board. There are courses available on line or at your local community college that you can review or enroll. This will give you an idea of what is expected in the "real world"
It has been a few years since I graduated from pharmacy school, but I think the challenge remains to be committed to your studies. Are you taking advanced science classes in high school? It is a 6-year minimum program to the Pharm D degree, but with dedication and hard work, there are many career options ahead of you. I agree that any experience/exposure in pharmacy will give you some insight. Best of luck!
Great question. Pharmacy school demands a lot of hard work and dedication. I suggest looking for a part-time job in the pharmacy before making the commitment either in a retail store or hospital setting before making the commitment. Best of luck.
Unlike undergrad, pharmacy school will be a truly full time experience. The hours per semester are much higher and all the classes are at a higher level. That being said, it is also very rewarding when you put in the time as every class builds toward the ultimate goal of being able to help your patients. You have to go into pharmacy school knowing that you will be busy all the time and have to dedicate yourself to attending class, taking quality notes and studying both independently and with a study group.
You must prepare you self during your undergrad years so that you adapt quickly to the fast pace of a professional curriculum. Create great study habits now and learn how to decompress and relieve stress through exercise, hobbies, etc. when things get"overwhelming".
You will learn so much during the 3 years of pharmacy school preparing you for the 4th experiential year and during that 4th year you will actually be partnering with other health professionals and putting your knowledge to work. It is very exciting and truly ties together all that you will learn.
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