Friday, July 29, 2011

AdCom online web discussion #11

I am in the process of setting up another pharmacy school adcom online web discussion. If you are interested in participating, please reply to the thread on the forum at the link below:

Date and time to be determined.


Monday, July 25, 2011

99 followers of this blog... and counting

I thought by now I'd have at least one hundred :)

I hope that you will please take a moment to follow the blog and to register on the forum so you can share your pharmacy school application story. We are humbled by the wonderful response we have received and the many emails from students thanking us for our assistance after they've been admitted to pharmacy school. Please let us know how we can help you achieve your dream also!


Wednesday, July 20, 2011

PCAT July 20, 2011 - share your thoughts and results

We hope everyone performed their best on the July 2011 PCAT! Please take a moment to share your experiences with the forum.

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Saturday, July 16, 2011

Overall GPA = 2.48 - what do I do?

Question: Hello, I am about to be a senior and i'm pre-pharmacy. However, my gpa is very low (2.48) and I failed Organic I twice. I'm currently retaking Orgo I and will likely get a B in the course and I plan on taking Organic II w/ the lab in the fall in hopes of getting an A in both. I was wondering what I could do to overcome that hurdle? What would I need to do this year to get back on track? I have been really stressed out because I feel like I messed myself up BIG time. I have also been making C's in my science pre-pharmacy courses as well. I am not finished with all of those courses yet. Do you recommend me retaking those courses after I graduate next summer?

There is no question that your chances at being admitted to pharmacy school are damaged by poor academic performance, but don't give up hope. The factors that weigh heavily are your overall GPA and failing Organic Chemistry twice. It's pretty dificult to overcome that, but this is what you need to do to even have a chance:

1) You will need to improve your Orgo scores (obviously). The B and A that you expect/hope will help tremendously.
2) Whatever you can do to get your overall GPA > 3.0 is worth the effort. That may mean taking a couple of extra courses, but a GPA < 3.0 is below the minimum threshold for many programs.
3) Take the PCAT and do extremely well. Depending on where you plan to apply, this may be your saving grace. In light of poor grades, a strong PCAT can tilt the scales in your favor.
4) Begin dialogue with admissions counselors at the schools where you might consider applying. Explain your situation and that you are doing everything possible to make yourself a competitive candidate for their program. Ask for advice and any recommendation they may have.
5) Use your personal statement to explain your motivation for pharmacy and be forthcoming about your academic troubles. If there is a reason for your struggles, be honest about it. Tell the committee that you lacked focus or partied too much as an undergrad and it hurt your grades - hey, we've all been in college before and understand that good students can get themsleves into a bind when they are away from home for the first time. Most importantly, tell the committee how you have learned from whatever caused the difficulties and what you have done or will do to be a successful pharmacy student.

Good luck!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

A message to pre-pharm clubs and student organizations

Thank you to the many university and community college students who belong to pre-pharmacy clubs and organizations and who contribute to our forum. Many of you have been very helpful in distributing information from our blog to others in your group and we appreciate it.

If you belong to a pre-pharmacy organization at your school, please forward a link to this blog and to our pharmacy school admissions forum to others in your group. We will help as many students as time permits. And this service is free, so what more can you ask for? :)

If you have an organization website or facebook/myspace page, please add a link to us. The greater participation, the more valuable a resource we can be for each other.


Thank you!