Study Abroad 2017 – London, England

Earlier this week, I returned from a Spring Break Study Abroad trip with the College to London, England! This was certainly the trip of a lifetime & I can’t wait to tell you more about it. Every year, the College of Pharmacy plans a spring break study abroad. These trips are coupled with a half-semester long class preceding spring break. During the course leading up to our London trip, we learned about the culture and history of England, the healthcare system in the UK, and what pharmacy education and practice are like. We also discussed the logistics of our group travel and make all necessary preparations for studying abroad. By the time our trip rolled around in mid-March, I was so excited to finally go! Here’s a brief summary of our trip, along with some pictures. I think you’ll notice that our itinerary was the perfect blend of pharmacy and cultural experiences!

  • Day 1: Arrival!
    • We landed in London in the morning, and went on a walking tour around Kensington. In the evening we had a group dinner at the Stanhope Arms, a traditional English pub!
  • Day 2: Sight-seeing!
    • We first visited Stonehenge and then saw the Roman Baths in the city of Bath, England.
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    • The city of bath was amazing! I really enjoyed the rich history of the Roman baths themselves, but also loved walking around the city and doing some shopping.
  • Day 3: Westminster!
    • In the morning, we went to see Westminster Abby! We had a guided tour of the church & I learned quite a bit about the Royal Family’s history. Around the block was Big Ben, so we had to stop for some photos!
    • After lunch, we crossed the river to visit Guys & St. Thomas Hospital where a pharmacist gave us a presentation on healthcare in the UK and pharmacy residents gave us a tour of one of the hospital floors. It was really interesting to compare payment models as well as how pharmacy is practiced in an inpatient setting in the UK and US.
    • After our tour, we walked a few blocks down to the London Eye. The views from the top of the Eye were incredible & I’ll let them speak for themselves.
  • Day 4: Work and Play!
    • In the morning we went to a community pharmacy called “Green Light” pharmacy. This was one of my favorite pharmacy sites! It was really incredible to get to see how community pharmacists were taking such an active role in patient care within Green Light.
    • In the afternoon, we took a tour of the Tower of London.   This is the castle where the Crown Jewels are held, and we got to see the Queen’s crown! Words cannot explain how impressive both the jewelry and this castel were.
  • Day 5: Doesn’t get more London than this…
    • Our pharmacy site today was the Royal Pharmaceutical Society –an organization committed to representing the profession of pharmacy in the UK. We learned about several practice initiatives that are propelling the pharmacy field forward in London.
    • After our visit, we had some free time until a group dinner and a show. We saw “School of Rock” – yup, just like the movie. During the encore of the show, one of the Spice Girls, Mel C (“Sporty Spice”), came out on stage and sang Wannabe with the cast! It was so unexpected, but really cool to see!
  • Day 6: A Day of Learning
    • This day was all about learning! We first visited the UCL School of Pharmacy in Bloomsbury where we became familiar with how pharmacy school in London is structured. The second half of our day was at the British Museum. My favorite thing in the British Museum was definitely seeing the Rosetta Stone!
  • Day 7: Winding down…
    • On our last day, we had some free time before an afternoon tea (see below for the Queen-inspired cookies), so we went to Camden Market – an open-air market with over 1,000 vendors selling food, clothing, jewelry, and all sorts of trinkets. Though we only had the morning free, we covered a lot of ground and did a lot of shopping!

Like I said, this really was the trip of a lifetime! I feel so fortunate to have seen London with a pharmacy twist. Let me know if you’d like to see any more pictures or if you have any other questions about our trip! 🙂

-Victoria

 

SPOTLIGHT: Jorge Ng Zheng, PharmD/MBA and PLS

Hi everyone!

Jorge is has been an inspiration, mentor, and friend to me since I started pharmacy school.  He is graduating in May with a dual degree and will be an amazing pharmacist.  He has written this blog post to share some of his experiences with you all.  I hope you find inspiration through his story as well!

Sincerely,

Joyce


Hello,

My name is Jorge Ng Zheng and I am a 5th year (no kidding) student in the PharmD program at The Ohio State University (OSU). I am currently completing my 5th year as I decided to pursue a Master of Business Administration (MBA) along with my PharmD. I attended OSU as an undergrad as well. I was involved in several student organizations such as The Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP), Pharmacy Council, Student Society of Health-System Pharmacists (SSHP), Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA), and Phi Lambda Sigma (PLS) while in pharmacy school. I decided to be involved in all of these organizations with an open mind and the goal of identifying an area of pharmacy to pursue after graduation.

I would like to elaborate on my involvement with Phi Lambda Sigma (PLS) specifically. PLS is the national leadership society within the field of pharmacy. Students are nominated into the society by current members for their involvement and leadership potential. The mission of the organization is to identify, foster, and develop leadership potential in individuals who will then make a positive impact in the field of pharmacy. I took on leadership roles in several of the organizations early in my PharmD career which resulted in my nomination into PLS during my P1 year.

I was honored and proud to be recognized and be a part of this network of leaders for life. Along with the recognition, I felt the need to take on a hand-on role and be more involved in the organization. I served as President and Vice President of PLS. My goal for the organization was to increase its visibility among students in order to get a variety of nominees and ensure continued growth. I was fortunate to work with an excellent executive board and, with their help, coordinate events such as the Mr. PharmD Pageant, the Mentor-Mentee Program, and The Etiquette Lunch to name a few.

As graduation draws near, I hope to continue being involved and giving back. The Mentor-Mentee program in particular was an amazing experience as it allowed me to connect with undergraduate students and serve as mentor/guide. I hope to continue this as a pharmacist. My goal is to help students find interests in pharmacy and hopefully develop them into passions moving forward. My experience with student organizations and PLS has been incredible. Involvement allowed me to explore personal interests, meet amazing mentors and students, and get a more well-rounded perspective on pharmacy. It is obvious that you should do well in the classroom but learning extends beyond the walls of Parks Hall.

If I were to give one piece of advice to prospective students it would to step up and develop the leader within you. Everyone has the potential to be an effective and inspiring leader. You do not have to be the most outgoing, the loudest, or awesome at public speaking for that matter to be a great leader. Leadership effectiveness is unique the each person, just like personal style. Be curious while in pharmacy school, step up when given the opportunity to lead, and be involved. The College of Pharmacy has 20+ student organizations (and OSU as whole has 1300+!) for you to explore your passions and learn to be the leader you are meant to be. As you start this next chapter, keep in mind that you will be challenged and sometimes have to juggle many things. I am confident that you will be able to handle everything successfully, find the value/lesson in every experience, and have no regrets looking back (just like I am today).

Thank you for your time and best of luck!

Jorge Ng Zheng

Jorge Ng Zheng

Operation Heart: American Heart Month

Hey Future Buckeyes!

I know in the past we have mentioned different student organizations that you are able to join while in pharmacy school at Ohio State. One organization that I am currently in is APhA-ASP otherwise known as American Pharmacists Association Academy of Student Pharmacists. Through this organization, I have been able to find what I am passionate about and channel that passion to help others. I currently serve as a Co-Chair for Operation Heart, which is a patient care project dedicated to cardiovascular health. Through this project, I have been able to organize and volunteer at many different events in the past three years so I thought I’d show you a few 🙂

This past month (February) was American Heart Month, a month that is dedicated specifically to raise awareness about cardiovascular diseases nationwide. To show our support, Ohio State’s APhA-ASP’s Operation Heart decided to organize some events in our college reminding students, faculty, and staff why their heart health is important.

February 3rd was national Wear Red Day for Women and this year was the 14th anniversary for Wear Red Day! This day is held the first Friday of every February to raise awareness that heart disease is the number one killer of women. Students at Ohio State participated in Wear Red Day and even took a picture to share their support.

Operation Heart has also been doing blood pressure screenings throughout the month to raise awareness in the community regarding the dangers of high blood pressure and the risks associated with it. Our most recent screening was at a food bank in downtown Columbus where we all wore red to support Wear Red Day.Lastly, Operation Heart decided to show some love to the students at the college and give them all valentines, which consisted of heart “healthy” dark chocolate 🙂

Although February is recognized as American Heart Month, in my eyes every month is heart month. Cardiovascular disease is one that has affected my life personally and I hope to continue to raise awareness about. Joining this student organization has allowed me to find my passion and has given me the power to fuel it. Ohio State has over 20 student organizations just within the College of Pharmacy, so I am confident that whatever your passion is, you’ll be able to fuel it here too 🙂

As always please feel free to email me with any questions you may have at johnson.4816@osu.edu

 

Go Bucks!

Why OSU: Joyce Zhang

It was June 14, 2015, and I was afraid.  I’m the planning type of person and I didn’t really have a plan.  I was boarding a plane for San Pedro Sula, Honduras, and in that moment I wondered, “What am I doing?”  A few months earlier, I stood at the intersection of Moral Dilemma Junction while I debated a vacation in Iceland versus a medical mission trip.  I hardly knew anyone else going to Honduras or how to take a blood pressure, and I didn’t know what to expect.

I’m a third-year PharmD student and a future pharmacist.  I’m also a sister, daughter, and friend.  I’m a midwesterner and a dog lover.  I am who I love and who loves me.  I’m a connector of people, a traveler, a learner.  I’m an idealistic, visionary sort, and I have an obsession with opportunity.  OSU College of Pharmacy has offered me opportunities beyond my dreams.  I didn’t know it when I boarded that plane to Honduras, but I am passionate about serving underprivileged, low-income populations.  I’ve since been to Honduras three times and Nicaragua once for medical brigades.  I’m leading my first medical brigade next month in March, and I’m going on my first surgical brigade in Ayacucho, Peru this June.

So me if you were to ask me, was Honduras what you expected?  I will probably say “No,” but if you were to ask me if it was worth it?  I would say “Holy yes!” to the things in life that are intangible and waiting to be experienced and learned.

I’m forever thankful for OSU College of Pharmacy for the chance to go abroad and learn to listen to and care for patients, practice cultural awareness, and work directly with talented, diverse, multidisciplinary teams.  Thanks, OSU, for letting me give back.  Thank you for letting me give an old man prednisone for his life-threatening temporal arteritis.  Give a woman the metformin she needs to control her diabetes but can’t afford.  Give a boy a warm touch, a smile to help him through the incision and drainage of a large abscess under his arm.  Thank you, OSU, for the opportunity to simply meet a little girl from El Progreso, Honduras, who has cerebral palsy.  This little girl, who I will love forever.

Dear prospective students, thank you for taking the time to look at our PharmD blog.  The OSU College of Pharmacy has over 20 different student organizations you can join to either actively pursue your passions or explore to find your passions.  Start reading about them here.

If you have any questions for me, please feel free to email me at zhang.1177@osu.edu!

Joyce Zhang is currently a third-year PharmD student at The Ohio State University. She enjoys volunteering at local free clinics, providing healthcare to underserved populations on medical brigades to Nicaragua and Honduras, photography, running and hiking, and drinking tea. She is currently president of Buckeyes Without Borders, president of the PharmD Class of 2018, a Student Ambassador Coordinator, and a member of Phi Lambda Sigma (PLS) leadership society, PODEMOS, and Kappa Psi.

Columbus in the Winter

Hello!

If you are coming to Ohio from another city or state, you might be wondering what you may be able to do in Columbus during the Winter! As much as I would love to cuddle up with my puppy, I love getting out of my apartment and taking a break from studying. Columbus does offer so many different activities, but let me highlight some that I have done!

Columbus Winter Hike

One thing I love to do is hike! Being from Arizona, hiking was a mainstay activity in the winter. You can hike basically any time in the winter, and you will never worry about being too cold.

Ohio does a (long) series of winter hikes. I was very hesitant about hiking in Columbus in the winter. I love hiking during the summer, fall, and spring here, but really? The winter? Well, my boyfriend and I packed up our puppy, and went on a winter adventure. First of all, it was freezing cold (not surprising). Don’t make the same mistake that I did and wear tennis shoes — please be sure to wear warm boots with warm socks! To my surprise, there were so many people participating! It was great bringing my puppy, Cooper, because it allowed us to get to talk to so many people. At the end of the hike, we joined the celebration and drank some delicious hot cocoa. 🙂 It was definitely such a fun experience, but I will be definitely waiting for the hikes on warmer days! I would highly recommend to get your body moving after a long studying session, and a winter hike may be the perfect remedy. The cold definitely encouraged me to move faster 🙂

COSHP Wine Tasting

Each year, COSHP (Central Ohio Society of Health-System Pharmacists) puts together a wine tasting/networking event. Why is this event my favorite winter activity? You learn so much about different wines – this year the focus was on South American wines. You get to network and speak with many different health-system pharmacists around the Columbus area. You get to eat some delicious food where each course is paired with wine.

The main purpose of the wine tasting is to raise funds for PharmD scholarships! There are always a variety of baskets to bid on (and I always get outbid).

Unfortunately, I forgot to take a picture at the wine tasting this year, so I used the picture from last year!

COSHP Wine Tasting 2016

Yoga and Hockey

I recently attended a yoga class held at Nationwide Arena, and then the Columbus Blue Jackets game right after! Modo Yoga is a studio in Grandview area, and it is one of my favorite studios. It’s heated yoga, so going to a class in a cold environment was definitely something knew. So many people came out, and it was an amazing class. Unfortunately, the Blue Jackets lost that night, but the experience was awesome! I would highly recommend attending this event if happens again, and checking out Modo Yoga! Say hi to Chad and Elizabeth (owners of Modo Yoga) for me if you go. 🙂

By the cannon after yoga with Chad and Elizabeth

OHIO

I hope you find some fun things to do in Columbus in the winter!

Why I Chose OSU: Megan Johnson :)

Hey Future Buckeyes!

 

Today I wanted to talk to you about why I chose The Ohio State University for NOT only my Bachelor’s degree, but my Doctor of Pharmacy degree as well. In high school when I was trying to decide which college was best for me, I have to admit that Ohio State was not one of my top choices (I know, shocker!). Coming from a VERY small town, I was intimidated by the size of the university and the large amount of people that attended Ohio State. I did not want my college education to consist of being “just a number” with no hope of developing relationships and connections. However, my biggest fear was that I would not succeed here because I would not get the individualized experience that I wanted. I knew that I wanted to feel a sense of belonging wherever I chose and I did not think I would get that at Ohio State’s large campus. Doing what moms do best, mine convinced me to take a tour of OSU’s campus and meet with an advisor. Needless to say after a tour of the beautiful campus and talking to current students, I absolutely fell in love. I can still picture that day on campus and thinking “Wow everyone really loves it here don’t they?” I felt a sense of energy, passion, love and excitement in the air, which I still feel today.

Flash forward 7 years to my third year in the PharmD program, I can say with 100 % confidence that Ohio State University was the right fit for me. My educational experience has been nothing short of phenomenal the past 7 years! I believe that Ohio State has allowed me to find what I am passionate about, expand my comfort zones, and find that sense of belonging I was looking for. All of my apprehensions about attending OSU were put to rest within my first few weeks of undergrad. Since day one, I have felt that I am part of a community that truly cares for one another. I have developed relationships with my professors and staff and have found some of my best friends here. Ohio State has provided me with once in a lifetime opportunities such as working with world-renowned healthcare providers to study abroad trips (I’ve been to Switzerland and I’m going to London this spring :D)

Along with that, Ohio State’s PharmD program is continuously ranked in the top 10 pharmacy schools in the nation. Between our medical campus with multiple professional schools, affordable tuition, breaking edge research, endless internship opportunities, and 20+ student organizations, it’s easy to see why. Ohio State continues to amaze me every single day. Like I mentioned before, I have been provided with some amazing opportunities throughout the past 7 years. Some of these include volunteering at free health clinics, interacting with professional state level pharmacy organizations, and learning from board certified pharmacists at the James Cancer Hospital. This past month I have been on rotations at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, which is a pediatric hospital unique to Columbus. And this is just to name a few 🙂

Choosing Ohio State was easily the best decision of my life and has truly shaped me into who I am today. These are just a few reasons why I chose this amazing university and I encourage you to ask questions regarding “finding the right fit” for you! Please don’t hesitate to email me if you have any questions at Johnson.4816@osu.edu 🙂

Go bucks!

Why I Chose OSU. :)

Hi Prospective Students!

It’s Victoria here with another blog post. J This week I’d like to share my story with you about why I chose OSU for my education, not once but twice!

I remember visiting Ohio State while I was still in high school. My first visit was for an official campus tour and for a meeting with the Office of Student Affairs to discuss the College’s degree programs in detail. I remember preparing for this visit by doing a lot of research and formulating quite a few questions to ask while I was here. Before stepping foot on campus, I had a working pros and cons list that I planned to add to in order to help me reach a decision.

During my campus tour, I feel in love with this place. Campus was beautiful and it was buzzing with an excited, collegiate energy that I couldn’t wait to feed off of and contribute to. The opportunities seemed endless, and Ohio State/the Columbus community offered me everything I would need to be successful and more. Much to my surprise, I didn’t end up contributing to my pros and cons list – I had an overwhelmingly positive gut feeling telling me this was where I was supposed to be. This wasn’t a calculated decision like I anticipated, which definitely felt like a scary risk! However, emphasizing how I would fit in at an institution was such an important consideration (I just didn’t realize this was what I was doing at the time). I encourage you to come back to this notion of “finding your fit” as you navigate your own decision.

During my visit with the College of Pharmacy, I feel in love with the people. Everyone here was so excited to meet me and answer my questions. They made me feel like I was truly wanted here. I didn’t get this feeling on other campus visits. Other places I felt like I was a number on a tour. At OSU, I felt like I was truly a member of the Buckeye Family. From the very beginning, before I even applied, students here treated me like one of their future classmates. This tightly woven network immediately felt like home.

Months later, I came back for a Penn State vs. Ohio State football game and that sealed the deal. J

Choosing to come to Ohio State for undergrad and then stay here for pharmacy school was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made in my entire life. I feel so supported by this College and community. I truly believe that anything is possible here on this campus. I’ve gotten involved with numerous student organizations, held several unique employment opportunities, and volunteer on-campus and off-. I chose Ohio State because I knew I would have endless opportunities to take advantage of and a strong support system along the way.

Sorry for the long post, but it’s hard not to go off on a romantic tangent about why I love this institution so much. If you have questions about anything regarding my decision to come to OSU and stay here, please don’t hesitate to reach out. I would be more than happy to answer any questions you might have that could contribute to you “finding your fit.”

Until next time,

Victoria

 

Why I chose OSU: Sarah Sakai

Hello!

One question I get frequently from applicants is Why OSU? What made me pack up and move across the country to come to this College of Pharmacy? Well, if you have wondered why students have chosen to go to OSU, please continue to read! This weeks blog, along with the next three weeks, will have your Ambassador Coordinators’ reasons on why they chose OSU!

So bear with me as I take a trip down memory lane.


For me, I finished 8 applications to different pharmacy schools across the country. I applied to many schools of high, medium, and low ranks according to US News. I wanted schools in a variety of locations, but mostly I wanted schools that had certain things that I thought were important to me. I highly encourage you determine what is important to you! For me, I wanted a school that was associated with an academic medical center, was in an area with plenty of hospitals, offered the option for a dual degree, was in an area that was affordable, and was close to an airport. Now that isn’t my entire list (I had a spreadsheet dedicated to my applications), but that is a good idea of where I started. Basically,  OSU had everything I wanted on paper, and so I applied. I ended up getting interviews to all 8 schools that I applied to, and so I had to cut down on which schools to interview. Honestly, that was just thinking about which schools I had the best feeling about and the location of the school. OSU fell on that interview list (being highly ranked sure didn’t hurt)!

One thing that immediately made OSU twinkle in my eyes is that a few days before my interview, I received an email from a Student Ambassador. My ambassador was amazing and answered all of my questions. She even told me about the Annual Chili Cook-Off, and I was able to attend during the time I was here for my interview. I truly think that the Ambassador Program at OSU is phenomenal and unlike any other Ambassador Program. Now I only accepted 4 of my 8 interviews, so I can’t speak to many Colleges of Pharmacy out there!

Once I was here in my interview, I knew OSU was the school for me. I loved the people. I loved the community and the sense of caring that the students, faculty, and staff had for the students. I loved hearing about how the College works with the students and how integrated the students are within the college. I loved being able to talk to my ambassador that had contacted me previously and learn more about the student’s perspective. I loved that the ambassador saw my nervousness, and calmed me down. I loved the passion I saw in each student, not just for pharmacy, but for OSU. At the end of my interview day, it was clear that The Ohio State University had my heart and I knew that I would never regret choosing it!


Flash forward to now. I am currently in my P3 year. I can honestly say that picking OSU has been 100% the right decision. There is ample opportunity for internships, and luckily I have an internship at The James Cancer Hospital. I love my internship, and the unique opportunities it has provided me. Beyond internships, there are so many student organizations to get involved in and continue to grow your passion in pharmacy.

I have met some of the most amazing people because I chose OSU. I get to work with some of them throughout the entire year (looking at you Student Affairs staff!). I have found people who make me belly laugh and who continue to fuel my passion for pharmacy. I know I was meant to come to OSU to meet certain people because they have been such positive influences in my life. There is so much support here, whether it is in class, in an internship, or in life. There is always someone to talk to you and to help you. I am constantly reaffirmed with my decision to come here.

To me, OSU is amazing beyond just being ranked #6. It is amazing because of the curriculum, the opportunities, the internships, the rotations, and (most importantly) the people. This made it the perfect decision for me.

I hope you become a Buckeye and see how amazing OSU truly is!

As always, please send any questions my way! sakai.22@osu.edu 🙂

Ohio State Traditions

 

 

Hey Future Buckeyes!

With one of our biggest rivalry games right around the corner, I figured I would give you a little insight to the most important traditions on campus!

1. Carmen Ohio

Throughout the entire year you will hear the song “Carmen Ohio”, which is our Alma Mater sang during various occasions. It is mostly sang before and after many sporting events. During the song, students lock arms and sway back and forth while singing it. The song ends with “How firm thy friendship, O-HI-O. Once you experience a stadium full of people singing it, you’ll never forget it.

  1. Brutus Buckeye

Brutus Buckeye is Ohio State’s well-known mascot. Until the 1960’s OSU did not have a mascot, but in 1965 an art student designed and introduced the first Brutus. Since then, Brutus has been stealing the hearts of the Ohio State community with his big smile and talented tricks.

brutus buckeye

  1. O-H?!

If you’re planning on coming to Ohio State, be sure to answer O-H with an I-O! This tradition started in 1942 when U.S. navy sailors began chanting O-H-I-O-S-T-A-T-E to the tune of “Row, row, row your boat”. One of those sailors then enrolled at OSU and became a cheerleader. This student tried to teach this long chant to the crowd after a hard loss, but the chant proved to be too difficult for the crowd to keep up with. Eventually they settled for O-H-I-O, which some may say was a turning point for Ohio State Football.

o-h-i-o

  1. TBDBITL

If you haven’t seen this before TBDBITL stands for “The best damn band in the land” Ohio State’s well-known marching band. Some even refer to the band as “The pride of the Buckeyes”. The band kicks off every game with Script Ohio followed by an unbelievable halftime show. Before each game, the band also plays at the “Skull Session” to get the crowd excited for the upcoming match. During this time coaches, players, the band and fans all get together to prepare for the game! The band is best known for their halftime show arrangements and formations such as Star-Trek, Michael Jackson, and Wizard of Oz.

 Illinois Fighting Illini vs Ohio State Buckeyes

5.Script Ohio

Although it’s hard to believe, the first band to perform script Ohio was the University of Michigan during a halftime show at Ohio Stadium. The band spelled out “Ohio” in script diagonally across the field. Four years later, Ohio State’s band performed Script Ohio during a game and the rest is history! Today the band performs Script Ohio right before every football game. A senior sousaphone player tops it off with the dotting of the “I”.

script ohio

  1. Fight Songs

While most schools have one fight song, Ohio State has three. OSU has the “Buckeye Battle Cry”, “Across the Field”, and the crowd favorite “Hang on Sloopy”. These can be heard continuously throughout game days at Ohio State.

  1. Victory Bell

Previous graduating classes of Ohio State donated the Giant Victory Bell that sits in the Southeast tower of Ohio Stadium. The bell is rang by students for 15-20 minutes after a victory and can be heard up to 5 miles away!

  1. Mirror Lake

As you’ve probably heard, Ohio State’s biggest rivalry is the University of Michigan. In 1990, a group of 100 OSU students decided to jump into Mirror Lake (a manmade pond on campus) the Thursday before Ohio State played the team up North to show their support for their team. Now over 12,000 students take the cold plunge into the water during the week of Thanksgiving to show their support for the upcoming game against their biggest rivalry.

 mirror lake

  1. The “Long Walk”

In the heart of Ohio State’s campus sits the oval, where many students go to walk their dogs, play Frisbee, and even sunbathe. The oval is also known to be a bit romantic. Tradition says that if you take the “long walk” from one end to the other holding hands with your loved one, you’ll be together forever.

osu oval

Now you’re ready to be a buckeye! O-H!

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Interview Day Preparation

Hi there, prospective Buckeyes!

It’s Victoria here with a few words on “Interview Day preparation!” For the last two years, I’ve worked in the Office of Student Affairs – the same office that coordinates and hosts interviews for our PharmD program. I’ve gotten to see the application process from start to finish, from both the student and the administrative point of view. As a result, I’d like to offer up some “Do’s” and “Do NOTs” so that you arrive in Columbus feeling confident for your interview!

DO take the time to prepare for your interview. Go to pharmacy.osu.edu and click around. What remaining questions do you have about our program? What about Ohio State is interesting to you? Consider practicing responses to common interview themes. But…

DO NOT be too rehearsed. Solid interview preparation is key, but more importantly you should be yourself! Have confidence in your own abilities and experiences, and simply be ready to tell your interviewer more about them.

DO stick to the facts. For example, I once took a cable car up a mountain in the Swiss Alps and walked around at the top. I would not want to claim I “hiked the Swiss Alps” in an attempt to impress my interviewer. What if they were an avid hiker and asked me what type of boots I wore?!

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(Notice my poor footwear choice…I know nothing about hiking and wouldn’t want to be caught in an exaggeration of the facts. Shameless plug, I was in Switzerland for a College of Pharmacy study abroad trip this past spring break!)

DO NOT skip breakfast because you don’t want to spill anything on your suit. If anything, just pass on the cream cheese and have a plain bagel if you’re worried about it. You’ll feel so much better throughout the day if you’re not on an empty stomach.

Finally, DO remember that your interview day is for you to evaluate if the College is a good fit for you. If you were on a date, you’d pay attention to if your date was a good match for you at least as much as you’d be trying to make a good impression. This applies to PharmD interviews as well! Do focus on putting your best foot forward, but take note of if the school is a good fit for you in return.

As always, please feel free to comment here or email me with any questions you might have. Interviews are intimidating, but they don’t have to be! You were invited to campus for a reason, have confidence and the rest will fall into place!

That’s all for now! Go Bucks!

-Victoria

williams.4020@osu.edu