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November 2, 2011 1:06 AM

I just submitted my Apps!!! :D

So for seniors and uber prepared youngsters the stress of what to do after graduation can be pretty daunting. Well for me it was! After some soul searching for a couple of months I decided that I wanted to go to pharmacy school and then do a residency in clinical toxicology. At first I disregarded Pharmacy since I didnít want to fill bottles at Walgreens, but then I really started doing my research and found about the TONS of things you can do with a pharmacy degree outside of retail. So here I am on my path to pharmacy school all ready for pharm schoolÖ.thenÖBAM! Apps slapped me in the face!....BUT then I slapped back and now Iím done with apps! Yay! (crossing fingers for UCSF)

Apps can be pretty daunting in themselves. The fact that they give you from sooooo many months shows that apps are no joke. So here are some tips I have for applications to pharmacy!!!

Get your letters early!!!
Depending on the program you usually need 2-4 letters of recommendation. Also make sure that the people that write your letter, especially if itís a professor, can also write about other stuff besides your grade. Some people I know give their letter writer a copy of their statement or their resume as a way to show the writer what they have done or their passion.

Know the dates!!!
Mark all the deadlines in your calendar so you donít forget ANYTHING. Also another important thing to remember is to mail in your transcripts! I had to express my transcripts in order to reassure myself that my transcripts would get to Pharmcas by Nov. 1.

Think about the prompts!!!
While the primary essay is usually something relating to how you got interested in pharmacy it is important to keep in mind the supplementary essays. For pharmacy (and other professional school) there is usually a main application and then each school has their own miniapp (though for UCSF itís a monster app) with their own essays. The supplementary essays can be a beast so itís a good idea to think about the prompts to give you an idea about to write since the supplementary essays are usually complex and nontraditional.

For some pharm schools they look at your apps in the order they are submitted so itís a HUGE advantage to do the apps ASAP (UC pharm schools donít thought). Also the apps for most schools is Nov. 1 and itís really to your benefit to not send them in near the deadline. You know what is really sad???? Me finishing up my essays on Halloween night T.T

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