Thursday, May 26, 2016

Show and Tell: Best Vacation Ever

Today I am linking up to share my most favorite vacays!

The first major get away for me came when I was an Orientation Ambassador at Clemson University. We went to a convention for all of the ambassador all the way in the Bayou! I'd never been 13 + hours away from home. AND we drove! ahh. But the driver was super nice and it was so much fun! Here's the thing, being an Orientation Ambassador, it is your job to let everyone know how awesomely amazing Clemson is as a student and overall. All other schools from the Southeast were at this conference too, and well, it was kind of like cheer-camp on steroids. I have never been to cheer camp, but I've seen Bring it On....that counts right?  ;) 

 I I loved going to LSU with some of the most out going people Clemson had to offer! 

Mike the Tiger was seriously my favorite part

We also went camping on the Appalachian Trail. So pretty! 

But as a disclaimer, I was born and raised in the city so nature is not really 'my thing'. 
 I'd love to say I am adventurous...except for when it comes to nature. Ugh. We 'camped' there for 4 days straight and I was about to die. Fun...but nature--ick. Ok so we weren't actually in a tent but we were in a cabin--with electricity---in the middle of nowhere so it counts right?! ;)

The summer after, Keith I went to Atlanta to see all we could see. 

This was our first vacation was a crazy long distance from home. Read more about that here!
All though it was super fun being in a car for 8 hours, we all but agreed that flying was for sure the way to go ;) 

Las summer Keith and I took a trip to Washington, D.C. and it was all sorts of amazing. 

And magical. Little did I know, a few hours after taking this picture, Keith would be down on one knee asking me to be his forever. Love this guy!  

Keith and I will be getting married in 4 short months---ahh! I can not believe it! Honestly I am looking forward to the epic vacay that will be our honeymoon BUT I love reflecting on the ones we have been on.

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Day 1 of P4

I started my clinical rotations last week and I thought I'd document MY LAST FIRST DAY EVER!

Here I am bright and early for a quick morning run. Nothing says 'hello forth year' like a brisk 4 miler! 

There were other people at the gym. I promise ;) 

Here's the walk up from the parking garage. I mean how cute is it?! I have lived in Columbia, SC for all of my life (with the exception of school) and I am always amazed at the little nooks I find.
I have actually been on this rotation before...back when I was in my second year. And I loved it! This time around, I am on rotation with 5 other students. All of us are in our 4th year of Pharmacy school.

 Beside the pharmacy there is a banquet hall they were setting up for a function. I had no idea it was even there!
For lunch we had all the deliciousness of Zoe's Kitchen. Yum!

Then we watched training videos. 

Celebratory Starbucks Latte for making it through my first shift!

Before heading home, I stopped to run a few errands at our local mall. 
Once I finally got home, I was exhausted but so so SO excited to not have to stay up studyign my life away for an exam ;) 

I love day in the life posts because one day, when I am working as a pharmacist, I want to be able to look back on these days as an intern and remember the humble beginnings. There is no pay for rotations. The pay is supposed to be in the form of 'experience'. With that being said, it can be a little difficult for some.
The last year of pharmacy school is unique in that it is still technically school but in a more practical sense of the word.  You don't have your typical professor and exams, instead you have a preceptor and projects.  If I am being completely honest, I have to say I love the idea of putting my skills to the test in project form way more than exam form ;).

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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Catching up

Whew! Finals are done and I am almost half way done with my first clinical!
Here is what I've been up to lately. Warning: long post ahead ;) 
Before leaving school I found the cutest coffee shop not far from campus called yo' cup. I needed as much coffee as possible so I frequented it A LOT!

Pharmacy school is 4 years but after the third year, everyone branches off and goes on rotations. So at the end of the third year, our school has a banquet as sort of like a going away party. It was bittersweet to say the least. On this particular night, no one was thinking about the finals we had coming up on the full week of non-stop studying that was in front of us, but rather we were trying our best to enjoy the last hurrah of sorts. Of course my phone died mid-way through so I couldn't really take many pictures but it was such a fun night! 

I am sure  Pharmacy school would have been a lot less eventful without these folks.  

In the mist of it all, my favorite player of all time retired from Professional Basketball. I have been a sports FANATIC ever since I can remember. (Think wearing jerseys and playng a ton of video games while everyone else was at the mall ;) )  I have truly loved the game of basketball since I was 11 years old and Kobe Bryant played such a big part in that. Thanks for every thing Kobe!

The day after my last final ever (!!!!!!) we celebrated my sweet mama's birthday. My mom has always been one to not make a huge fuss over her birthday, Christmas, or anything else that involves presents or the spotlight being on her. So Keith and I decided a few months ago to tell her we were 'celebrating' me being done with didactic course work and once it got closer, we told her it was actually a celebration for her birthday! She was beside herself;) Keith also got a new car recently so it has been blessings all around around here :) 
It was only fitting that we went to our favorite restaurant of course!

The very beginning of our meal...

...And the very end
We each ordered a desert. I ordered cheese cake and they gave me an entire cake! I may or may not have eaten the entire thing by myself. (What can I say? I'm not one to let things go to waste ;) )

With my peeps. Love these two so much 

Wedding planning has also been in full swing around here! I held off a little due to school and just got the major things out of the way. The other weekend, I met with my bridesmaids to pick out dresses and on the way home, I got into a little fender bender. No worries, I was not at fault and both of us were fine BUT poor Penny (my car) was a little injured :(. Having to deal with my car, wedding and everything in between was NOT fun. Not even a little   

The past few weeks have gone by so quickly! I have been told that once you get done with classes (whether it be college, or grad school) life goes by quickly......and once you start working, life goes by in something very similar to warp speed! I can't wait to see what these upcoming months will bring.
Wahoo! Cheers to being one step closer! 
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