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could i keep a job and be a pre-pharmacy undergrad

JDH2010JDH2010 Registered User Posts: 2 New Member
edited October 2009 in Science Majors
Im interested in being a pharmacist. I understand the courses il be required to take as an undergrad, But will they be too overwhelming for someone who has to keep a part-time job aswell? Keeping in mind im only a senior in high school at the moment.
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Replies to: could i keep a job and be a pre-pharmacy undergrad

  • Looony2nzLooony2nz Registered User Posts: 213 Junior Member
    I would like to know what people think about this as well. My daughter is thinking of pre-health professions(pre-vet or pre-pharm) as well and has had the same part time job here at home for almost 4 years. She plans to (and really needs) to work while going to school, so I am curious about the answer as well. ... no job = no car insurance, extras, etc...
    so, i'll check for an answer.....thx
  • yg7s7yg7s7 Registered User Posts: 876 Member
    My roommates worked in biochemistry and biology lab for like 15 hours a week as an on-campus work-study and still ended up with good gpas. They are both pre-med.
  • Mr. BojanglesMr. Bojangles Registered User Posts: 824 Member
    I'm loaded up on 14 hours of all chemistry courses, work 15-20 hours a week, and do undergrad research 13 hours a week.

    It's not that bad, you'll still have tons of free time.
  • sk8rmomsk8rmom Registered User Posts: 5,746 Senior Member
    I think it depends on how many credits you're taking per semester and whether you intend to finish all your pre-reqs in 2 years or get your BS before applying to pharmacy school. Also, the rigor of the school and number of credits you're going in with are factors. As does the type of job you get on campus - some offer study time and others are busier.

    My D is a pre-pharm at a large research university (U Buffalo) which requires a minimum or14 math/science courses and writing/humanities classes be completed within 2 years for early assurance. Additionally, the m/s gpa must stay above 3.5 . She went in with 9 gen ed hours from dual enrollment/AP and is taking 19 credit hours. There is no time to work right now. Part of it may be getting used to the course load and developing new study techniques, but I'm not counting on that changing as the second year is even tougher than the first.

    She decided not to take summer classes, which would offload her schedule a bit, so will work then and try to get a pharm tech job which may offer the opportunity to work during the winter break. If she decides to forgo the early assurance and do her pre-reqs over 3-4 years, ie. get a BS, that would change the equation and there would be plenty of time to work.

    My advice would be to either take a few classes in the summer before starting college (check with the school to make sure they will transfer) and save as much of your graduation and work money as possible so you don't have to work if it will cut into your study time. Look for ways to save money like buying books online/used, don't choose the biggest meal plan (you'll probably never use most of the meals if you're not near the dining halls at that time) and coordinate with your roomie(s) on who's bringing what. There really isn't a need for alot of spending money at many colleges - especially if they have good programming for social events (free movies, concerts, clubs and, of course, home games). D's biggest expense is the occasional restaurant dinner with friends and bus tickets home:)

    Hope that helps...good luck!
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