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Pharmacy School : The Experience and The Lessons

5:51 AMKene Kingsley

 One Day I Will Write About This Place - Binyavanga Wainaina
 I've had this draft on my page for a very long time, and sometimes I just get downright emotional whenever I look at try to finish up this piece, but I promised myself that no matter what, I was going to write about this place. 

Write about this memory, and share everything that made this one helluva experience.

Now, the question is: How do you share an experience of nearly six years in a few paragraphs. Its going to be quite a lengthy one, so I'd appreciate it if you'd stay with me on this one.

Where do i start from.?

Pharmacy school was never a walk in the park, especially for me. I remember one time I was asked to describe Pharmacy School in one word, and I was just numb. Emotionless. I just knew times where I'd just sit in the dark, and I'd just cry over the amount of pressure, confusion, and frustration. I even remember times when I almost gave up. I recalled one particular day when the idea of switching to a lower course/ department was just the only thought in my head, because I couldn't just take it one more day. 

The truth is that, Pharmacy School wasn't an all tale of woe for me. I remember my first and second years, pretty easy-breezy, was still challenging but it was all within my handling capacity. 

Then, like the Story of Job, it all happened in the third year. I had flunked three courses. Of course, failure wasn't the problem here (you can't always get things right at first instance all the time...), but the problem was the school's curriculum during my time. It was so rigid, and just unnecessarily difficult, and any slip-up was going to cost you an extra stay in school.

That was where depression set in. Everything never seemed to make sense anymore. I was just going a downward spiral, just existing and counting the days when I'd be done with this hell-hole. The weirdest part of it all was that, most of the time, I was all smiles and looking like I was okay, but deep down, my depressed reality was just handling the reins of my life back then. 
Life and things eventually turned out for the better when I had to go on a six months Clinical Training, outside the four walls of school. Technically, things began to brighten up as I was in a new environment. I learned how not to be sad about situations and failures, I learned how to see life from a brighter perspective. I learned how to be happy and content with whatever level of progress I was making. I started visiting art galleries. I started writing about fashion. I started a blog. Everything seemed to fall into perspective for that six months . 
The six months were over, and I was back in the school system, but this time, I wasn't sad or depressed anymore. I had learned to live, despite difficulties. 

"Depression is the inability to create a future, based on the reality of one's current situation, or a pre-existing experience".

I eventually scaled through the remaining years, and even the extra stay in school, which was a much more level of difficulty, cause i was juggling school with a part-time work, but as it is said "Every phase in time and life must always come to an end". 
Now i look back at my experiences in Pharmacy School, and I'm just thankful, because it was a training ground for me. I remember my first zero. I remember the time i wrote an exam when I was terribly ill, and i passed it. I also remember "the 5.0 semester". All these experiences have made me to see life from a whole new angle, and I'm going to share a few lessons I learned from my stay in Pharmacy School. 
If there was one major thing I learned, it has to be that nothing good comes easy. If you really want something good out of life, or you want to embark on a project (be it school, or work), its not going to be a straight road. Its not going to be a walk in the park. You are going to have times when you'd even doubt your sanity, ask yourself some questions that would just stare right back at your face. In those times, you need to wake up and face it as it is. 

Another thing I learned is that sometimes, you are going to feel bad. Sometimes, you'd feel like the force of nature is against you, and nothing you do seems to work out. Its okay to take time out and breathe. Relax. Take time out to do something to take away the stress from you. Create time to unwind and clear your system of the stress, then face your challenge fully as a calmer and better person.

Never underestimate the value of friends. I was so lucky to be blessed with amazing friends that I had back then. At some point, you need someone to talk to, someone you can unburden your heart to, and I'm so grateful that i had a handful of people to talk with, and pray with me.
 ”This too shall pass" 
I wish I knew this earlier in school. I only got to embrace this mantra in the concluding years of my schooling; and that was what made things much easier to go through. No matter how tough your reality or your current situations may be, if you can understand that this is just a phase in life, and one thing is sure about life phases: they come and go

This post would be incomplete if I don't say how thankful to God that I am for everything. When i saw my name on the graduating students list, I was just ecstatic, like "Wow, so this is really over". I was just too overwhelmed. I eventually convoked and was inducted as a Clinical Pharmacist.

  This post is just a message to inspire, not just every one reading this, but also to me. I'm not saying this is all for me, on the contrary, this is just the beginning. The hurdle just got higher, but I'm just thankful that I've made it this far and I'm done with this chapter of my life. There would definitely be more challenges ahead of me, but I always believe in God's expected end, and that everything would eventually fall into place. 

 This success story isn't just mine alone.  
To everyone who had been with me through this journey

To my parents, especially my mum, who was always asking 'Are you okay?'

 To Morakinyo Adejare and Victor Chinedum, who had been nothing short of amazing.

To Titilope Ajayi, for being such an amazing listener (i wonder how she coped with me then),

To Victory, who always made me laugh then,

To my roommates of 711 that year, especially Osigbeme, you all were amazing.

To all of you who are reading this, may you experience ease in all your endeavors, light in your dark times, and strength in times of difficulty.

This is where this chapter of my life ends, the rest is still unwritten.

Kene' Kingsley (B.Pharm, MPSN) 

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  1. I had to share this post on Twitter! A lot of people in uni need to read this.

    Or√©oluwa’s blog

  2. Thanks Oreoluwa. I hope you were inspired by this.

  3. I came running to your blog because of this post especially. I can release to every word because I'm in UI studying this same course. I hope to tell my story soon like you . Congrats. How's the pharmacist life? Is it just as you imagined?

  4. Awww.. congrats, my dad and several family members happen to be pharmacists so I like pharmacists I think lol. Felt good to read this and I wish you the very best!

  5. ****sometimes, you are going to feel bad. Sometimes, you'd feel like the force of nature is against you, and nothing you do seems to work out. ****
    There can't be a better way to tell the truth about life and it affairs.

    Your post just reminded me of myself.
    Good is great
    I'll share this with my friends in school #waiman

  6. Ahh Kene, I know exactly how you feel! Thank God for all we learnt in that school sha, it didn't kill us, it made us stronger than ever.
    We made it through, and I don't care what anyone says, We Are Superstars yo!
    Greater things are coming for you , Kene, you just wait.


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