an update: yes, i’m still in college

Well, it’s been more than a year since I last posted which means it’s time for another update from me!  Wow, where do I begin?  I am now in my second year of pharmacy school which means two and a half more years and I have my PharmD!  Honestly, part of the reason I’ve been so absent is that the past year has been a whirlwind.


Let’s see if I can round up some highlights.  Last year I was president of my class and had the (terrifying) privilege of giving a speech at our white coat ceremony.  I attended GMHC (Global Health Missions Conference) 2015 with my classmates.  I had a Captain America movie marathon with my sister and cousin.  I arranged a sleepover with all 19 cousins on my mom’s side of the family.  I got to dress up and go to Junior/Senior banquet with one of my best friends.  I graduated!  I went to Cedar Point with my siblings.  I helped take care of my brother after his ACL surgery.  I got to help with my cousin’s wedding.  I trained for and ran my first marathon with my dad!  I went to MRM (Midyear Regional Meeting) put on by APhA (American Pharmacist’s Association) where I had the opportunity to meet a couple hundred student pharmacists in my area.  I got to explore a little bit of downtown Cincinnati with another of my best friends (and housemate), pretending we were professional adults out to brunch in our blazers.

It has been such a fun year, full of all kinds of stretching challenges and beautiful friendships.  My sister took a trip to Europe then moved to Texas and I miss her more than words can say.  My brother started high school and has been a champ recovering from his surgery and I am so proud of him.  My dad ran his ninth (yeah, you read that right) marathon and my mom ran her first half marathon this fall and I loved every chance I had to run with them over the summer.

These few years of my life are hard.  I’m stuffing my brain with more knowledge than I ever thought possible and and growing and maturing and just generally growing up and sometimes I just have to sit down and make it all stop for a few minutes.  But these few years are also beautiful.  I have wonderful classmates, amazing friends, a good job with awesome co-workers, a great church where I’m challenged every week, and I go to a school where the professors and faculty genuinely care about each student.  So, though I occasionally collapse on the living room floor when I can’t keep drug names straight the night before an exam, I really am loving this beautiful life.