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Kate Sosland

College Planning

By: Kate Sosland

Professors, lectures, papers, dorms, studying, motivation...that's what college seems to be like. Many things need to be done in order to enjoy your college years, so starting as early as possible we have to come up with lists of majors and colleges offering those programs. Choosing the best college is finding a school that best fits your academics, interests, living and financial conditions, in other words, the place where the student will be comfortable and be able to create his own studying atmosphere. As Lisa Fraser states in her book Making Your Mark, "College is an opportunity to make a fresh start, an opportunity to pursue the goals that are important..."

I see myself in the future as a professional in the pharmaceutical field, incorporating with public health. So pharmacy will become my major in college, giving me a chance to open doors to the pharmaceutical industry, research, clinical, law and many others. I started my search of schools by getting a list of colleges that offer pharmacy programs as one of the best in the northeastern part of the United States. The five schools that I came up with are: St. Johns University, Long Island University, Rutgers, SUNY University at Buffalo and Northeastern University.

At this point, I am interested in getting accepted to St. Johns University for many reasons. This school is in Queens, NY, so I will live at home and will have to make a 30 minute ride every morning. That's an important factor and will make my college experience easier. Also, from visiting St. Johns, I saw how beautiful the campus is and I had an opportunity to actually see the technology used, libraries, labs and other facilities.

I'm looking forward to be accepted to College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions, which is one of the best Pharm D programs, and is a total of six years. I know that the first year of college will be completely different from high school, so obtaining good studying and organization skills will be a key to success. I think the most important thing is to manage the time between studying, writing term papers, work, and of course, leisure time. In Making Your Mark, Lisa Fraser suggests: "Make sure that your studies don't take over your whole life. It's import to balance a variety of leisure activities with college work." I'm planning to continue working in the community pharmacy during college years, so organization will play a big role.

From the statistics, about 35 percent of classes in St. Johns have fewer than twenty students and around 56 percent have between 20 and 50. It perfectly satisfied me because I don't prefer very small classes, and also don't feel comfortable in huge auditoriums. That way I will be able to take good notes, participate and perform a group work.

Another point is the ethnic affiliation that plays an important role for me. St. Johns is a Roman Catholic school, where students are required to take few religious courses. However, there is a large diversity of students: high percentage of whites, about the same percentage of Blacks, Hispanic and Asian. The student body varies in backgrounds, interests and majors, making my college experience fascinating and memorable.

I would want to look back in 20 years and say: "Wow! Those were the greatest days of my growing up!" College is hard work, but an idea of achieving your goals and being very successful in the future career should follow along with college years. Habits and skills abound in previous education will become very helpful in the organization of work.

Anyway, college is the pathway into adult life, so that should be the time young people learn. Learn not just how to handle studying, but also they are introduced into the whole world, where life is only a moment and the goal is to accomplish as much as they can in order to reach the zenith of success.