Coming to St. Louis College of Pharmacy at the beginning of the year, I did not know what to expect. I wish I would have had some sort of insightful advice from a student who has “Tested the Water.” From my experiences here after the first semester, I know what I have gotten myself into, and would like to share my knowledge with incoming Freshman.
The first piece of advice I would like to share with future students is to be prepared. I tried during the summer to get ready for this school, not only financially, but in my mental state. I worked as hard as I could this summer at two jobs to make a nice little pile of money in my checking account, and I thought I had enough to carry my through this year, but now I think it might only carry me through the semester. If I would have known this, I would have pinched every penny that summer and would have been as frugal as possible. The other part of being prepared is getting ready mentally for entering college. The students have to be ready to leave parents, friends, and loved ones. Students need to be able to make new friends and more importantly find the homes that they desire. If a freshman does not learn to deal with these variables they may be in for a short ride here at StLCoP.
The second bit of knowledge I want to let incoming freshman know about is to learn their limits ASAP. A good way to view this college is to work hard for six years of your life and reap the benefits later in life. A Ph.D. in pharmacy is a very reputable degree and this school is very prestigious school to get it at. Many freshmen all over the country are away from home for the first time without anybody looking over their shoulders, guiding them. Some students get carried away with alcohol and socializing. At other schools, this might not be a problem because there is room for error. StLCoP is different. There is a much thinner line for students to walk...