A Glimpse of College Life - Massachusetts College of Pharmacy - Adesuwa Uwa-Omede
By Samantha Bruno-Tello
How I'm Involved
Currently, I'm not involved in any clubs because I didn't want to participate during my first semester. In the second semester, I plan on joining the National Pharmacy Club (APHA). I enjoy dancing, especially hip-hop and contemporary. I also enjoy volunteering in schools and working with children.
What I Want High Schoolers to Know
Being able to manage your time, prioritize and sleeping are key. These three habits will set you on the track to doing well, because you will have a balance between your academic and social life. As well as being well rested helps you to be healthier and more effective in all aspects of your life
What I Wish I Knew Before College
I wish that someone could have explained how taking loans from different providers works in contrast and comparison to one set provider.
How I Manage Stress in College
I have learned that the best way to deal with stress is to get a planner, list all your activities in small sub-sections and to STAY on task. The moment a person falls of track and becomes lazy with adhering to their schedule is when they become more stressed and overwhelmed. I have also learned that it is okay to take a break from studying sometimes. Sometimes you just need to go out, have fun and take a break from the stressful environment of college.
Saving money can be very difficult, especially in college in a city area. However, I have learned a few ways to save money can be through having separate accounts. An account for spending and one for saving, and ensuring that you do not access the saving money unless need be. You can also set a budget for the week of what realistically you would like to to/ need to spend.
What Makes my College Special
It is an all related health school. MCPHS has various degree programs in the health field, so there are a multitude of options and it is a great place for a person who is sure of what they want to become. My best class so far has been ITM (Intro to the Major). All first-year students take this class in relation to their major and I have enjoyed this class so much this semester because it was a great transitional class between High School and College, especially for our major.
My Plans for After Graduation
After I graduate I hope that I will be working here in the United States as a licensed pharmacist and after gaining a few years of work experience here in the U.S. I want to work towards building my own clinic in Nigeria, so that I can provide quality healthcare services to people in developing nations.
How my Money Mentor Helped Me
My money mentor is great we have been in contact since my senior year of high school. She has provided me access to many scholarships. She has helped re-write my proposal to schools for an increase in my financial aid, and she still regularly checks up on me to ensure that I am doing well in college. And if I need help with anything college related I know I can always contact her. Get your own money mentor at http://ngv.io/match.