2021 Pharmacy School in a Pandemic

We are one month into 2021, and it is safe to say that 2021 is not too far off from 2020.  The tone of the pandemic and economy takes a darker toll on my new normal.  At this point, we all know someone whose passed from COVID-19 or whose been struck by it.  It seems as though the fabric we’ve familiarized ourself with, is disintegrating into the new abyss.  A new unknown territory is being charted. There have been many moments in 2021 that I’ve asked myself whether I made the right decision.  Was this the right time? The right place? Where do I go from here?  Pharmacy school, via pandemic, brings on an entirely new onset of emotions that are unique and extraordinary.  Along with the normal rigor expected of a doctorate program, this pandemic highlights the stark reality of institutional structures that benefits and exacerbates inequities in learning.  
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My body and spirit are exhausted.  I miss being around humans.  I miss being with friends, and being in their company.  It is not natural for humans to be socially isolated for more than a year, and I am unsure what this will do to our psychological framework for generations to come.  What I do know, is that this moment tests our resilience.  It forces us to come face-to-face with our inner demons, our insecurities, our shortcomings. And it makes us look at what we’ve ran from.  These are the moments that can break or make us.  I am grappling with this unique reality and what it means for me.  I do not know what this semester holds, but I do know what I want to achieve this semester. I’m learning you can not plan years ahead anymore, and that sometimes — just sometimes … you have to look at what is in front of you, and take it one day at a time.  And that is enough.  I am enough today.  And when tomorrow comes, I will take on the challenges tomorrow.  There is no need to worry about tomorrow, the week beyond tomorrow, the month, or the year.  Because we are in a unique place and time – that doesn’t guarnatee us tomorrow.  And so we need to just live, and be here. Right now. In the present.  So, my dear friends, bloggers, hundreds of followers.  I just want to say how much I appreciate each and every one of you. As you walked with me through my journey to med school, my decision to not pursue med school, my journey to pharmacy school, and now as a pharmacy student (during a pandemic). I know we are all struggling in different capacities, and I just want you all to take care of yourself as best as you can.  You are loved, heard, and appreciated.   A whole lot of love,
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Blogging about my journey through pharmacy school and traditional indigenous healing practices. A Christian feminist, wife, blogger, Hmong, PharmD candidate.

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