Should I make another attempt at pursuing pharmacy school?

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    Jan 14, 2015 1:50 AM GMT
    I'm 24 and I've been in and out of college since I graduated high school (almost 7 years now) and still have no degree. I've taken some pre-pharmacy courses, and I have struggled with some of them. I switched/transferred schools several times because I've changed majors (pre-pharmacy to business to pre-Physician Assistant/Health Sciences, now back to business). Part of due to being indecisive, partly because I did suffer from depression and didn't feel like I had what it takes to make through pharmacy school.

    I was a pharmacy tech at Walgreens for a year, then transferred to CVS where I worked for almost 2 and a half years. I did enjoy my job as a pharmacy tech, but the CVS I worked at became too stressful (highest volume store on Long Island, hours cut severely, etc) so I left about 2 years ago and started working in sales for a small business.

    I'm now at a local state college as of Fall 2014 majoring in Business Management, and I'm about 3 semesters away from getting my Bachelor's in it. I have a great GPA with my business courses, but my transcript prior to enrolling at this school has just been kind of a mess. No Fs, but I have a few withdrawals, and I've just taken such a wide range of courses and switched schools so many times that an admissions person for pharmacy school looking at my transcript might be like "WTF?" lol (the bright side is that I could easily get my tech certification since I know so much, I have a lot of experience, and know a lot of pharmacists would would be willing to write me letters of recommendation).

    However, lately I am starting to feel my depression getting better and I'm really second-guessing my decision to leave pharmacy. I have a lot of connections with pharmacists from my time at CVS, and I was one of their best workers so I'm sure they'd take me back in a heartbeat. Also, one of the pharmacists from my CVS opened his own independent and my best friend is his lead tech/manager, so I could get a job with them as well.

    I really am not enjoying being a business major, and I can't see myself making a living at the small business I'm working at now. I'm also worried about what type of job I'll even be able to get after I graduate with my stupid Bachelor's in Business. I have considered pursuing a direct-to-Nurse Practitioner program after I graduate with my Bachelor's, but I'm not sure I have the same passion for that as I do for pharmacy.

    Should I just finish my Bachelor's in business since I am pretty close to graduating and then consider going back to pharmacy after? Or should I just stop taking business classes now and get back into pre-pharm?

    P.S. Keep in mind, I already have nearly $50K in student loans, and pharmacy school is very expensive.
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    Jan 14, 2015 5:59 AM GMT
    A complicated question. You won't get good answers here. I would tend to think not. But you should ask for a meeting with one or more advisors at your school of pharmacy to talk about it.
  • AMoonHawk

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    Jan 14, 2015 6:04 AM GMT
    "Should I make another attempt at pursuing pharmacy school?"

    YES!

    P.S.

    A Business Management degree is worthless unless you are from an accredited school like Harvard and know people. ... Take it from the voice of experience.
  • NeuralShock

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    Jan 14, 2015 7:09 AM GMT
    24 is young and if you are truly passionate about becoming a pharmacist there are a plethora of options you have, including other schools!

    I strongly advise you talk to advisors in person as well as check out extensively on health-care related websites for information. I've even heard of pharmacy schools that take people with a 2.3GPA, some only look at last 60 credits, some only look at the past Fall/Winter semester.

    Just don't give up hope, you're far too young to throw away your dream.
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    Jan 14, 2015 10:32 AM GMT
    I'm not sure if this will help you or not.

    But just learn more about yourself, and know what you want to do in life. What makes you happy? What would you like to do for a living that will make you happy?

    I learned the hard way. I graduated from CSU Sacramento with a B.A in Asian Studies and a minor in the Japanese language. All the Asian Studies majors were going oversees to teach English, so that's what I wanted to do, because all the Asian Studies majors were doing it.

    However, just before I was about to graduate, I realized that I didn't want to teach English overseas. You can imagine what my life after college was, and still is like, and I have student loans too.

    Please be happy. I really do hope everything works out for you. Just know what you want in life. Wish you the best and good luck.
  • stratavos

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    Jan 15, 2015 5:55 PM GMT
    Tyoshino saidI'm not sure if this will help you or not.

    But just learn more about yourself, and know what you want to do in life. What makes you happy? What would you like to do for a living that will make you happy?


    ^really good bit of advice here that I would change a bit.

    What can you see yourself doing and enjoying (at least 1/2 the time) and will pay the bills?

    People become ill and/or need a chemical assistant in some way throught their life, and Pharmacist is a really good way to assist others with that.

    With the business bit... and the pharmacy tech training, you might be able to get away with being a pharmaceutical rep (which I hear is a great way to make a living if you're charismatic/good with people)

    there's a lot to think about with this.
  • HottJoe

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    Jan 15, 2015 5:56 PM GMT
    Just open a pot dispensary! That's where the money is.icon_cool.gif