University at Buffalo Admissions' Student Bloggers Most recent blog entries by the University at Buffalo Admissions' student bloggers. Fri, 22 May 2015 06:59:05 -0400 PHP 5 en <![CDATA[Pharmacy Lobby Day in Albany ]]> Thu, 30 Apr 2015 14:00:28 +0000 Last week UB School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences had the opportunity to attend “Albany Day” on April 21st. Since there was not too much going on that day for me and I got an excused absence from my 2 classes, I decided to go and see what it was all about. The bus left at 4 am to go to Albany, since it is about a 4 and a half hour trip, which meant I had to be up at 3! It reminded me of when I was in high school and had to get up really early for field trips but it was totally worth it because I was missing school for it. I slept the whole way there, all of a sudden I woke up to a coordinator talking saying we were 20 minutes away. I quickly fixed my self to look presentable and next thing I knew we were at the EGG in the capital.

We started off with a presentation from members of the Pharmacist’s Society of the State of New York (PSSNY). These speakers went over the two bills we were there to lobby for. The first one was for a permanent law that pharmacist’s could be immunizers. Currently this is only a temporary law and will end this summer for some vaccines. There has been nothing but positive data with pharmacists helping out with immunizations and it is a great resource for patients as well as helpful for health care providers. The second bill was for Collaborative Drug Therapy Management (CDTM) which allows pharmacists to work in a health care team with doctors and nurses. It allows them to see patients to go over their medications as well as order labs to check on these medications. Both of these bills are already laws in other states and have been very successful.

I was in a team with students from pharmacy school all around the state as well as two pharmacists who led are group. We met with two assemblymen’s staff as well as a senator’s staff and was able to give them information on both these bills and ask for their support. By the time we were done with that it was almost time to go, so I grabbed lunch and jumped on the bus and was back to UB by 8:00 pm. It was a really great experience and I was very grateful to be a part of it and see the impact one can have on these issues. The next day our professor told us that Senator LaValle agreed with the CDTM bill set forth by Assemblymen McDonald’s bill and that it would be therefore moving forward due to our work :)


<![CDATA[Niagara Falls ]]> Sun, 26 Apr 2015 20:06:28 +0000 Niagara Falls is a great attraction which is only 20 minutes away from UB! I love going there to look at the amazing view! I try to go there at least once a semester since I live so close by. It’s just one of the amazing things to do that is so close to UB. The first time I went to the Falls was when I came to visit UB as a high school junior. I was blown away by how beautiful the sights were and knew if I came to UB I would want to come back often. While thinking about choosing UB, think about all the great things that are off of campus and all the great things there are to do in the area!


View from Canadian Side


View from American Side

<![CDATA[Keeping In Touch ]]> Mon, 20 Apr 2015 20:42:42 +0000 One thing I found out upon coming to college was that I had to put in a lot more effort to keep in touch with all my family and friends at home. Though it’s definitely more difficult, it is so important to do! I’m not the best texter (I always forget to text back), so keeping in touch with friends was more difficult for me. I find that a call every once in a while is the best way to catch up with everyone. This way it’s easier to update each other on everything that has went on. I also got to find out who my real friends are, because my best friends from home I almost rarely need to talk to, but whenever we are home we hang out all the time. We always know we are there for each other in hard times even if we don’t talk or see each other every day.

I found it was very important to keep in touch with family. I text my parents once a day, just updating them on anything that has happened, and I call them at least onceĀ  a week. They are used to seeing you everyday so once you go away it’s very hard for them to not know what is going on in your life! I also make sure to call my grandparents every once in a while. They are always static to get a call and hear from me with what is going on at school.

College is a balancing act, there is always so much to keep up on, especially with tests, classes, clubs, working out, hanging out with friends, getting enough sleep, etc. etc. etc. It is so important to keep in touch with those you aren’t seeing though so that they don’t feel disconnected from you! Make sure to try to fit it in, maybe when you are walking to class or taking a break from studying, give those you love a quick call <3