What is a day in the life like for a first-year pharmacy student?

Are you wondering what it’s like to be a first-year pharmacy student?

Anne Xiong is a first-year pharmacy student at Concordia University Wisconsin. Anne shares what a typical day is like for her.

This day-in-the-life is part of a series. Hear from other CUW students what it’s like to be a pharmacy student:

Tell us a bit about yourself.

My name is Anne Xiong and I am a first-year pharmacy student at Concordia University Wisconsin.  My career path is different than most of my peers in that I started my career as a Science Teacher.  I decided that I wanted to go back to school to become a pharmacist to strengthen my knowledge in science while continuing to educate others. Pharmacy was the best of both worlds.


How have you been involved on campus in your first year?

I am a member of, and involved with organizations such as Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin, American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists, American College of Clinical Pharmacy, Boys and Girls Science Club of Greater Milwaukee, and I am a Pharmacy Student Ambassador.


What is a typical day like for you?

Each day is a different day. This year has been a challenge due to COVID-19 restrictions.  I have been assigned to be on campus on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and virtual Mondays and Thursdays.  However, I am usually on campus five of the seven days of the week because I focus better when I am here.  I am in class from about 10:00AM to 12:00PM either virtually or on campus depending on the day, attend meetings for organizations during the lunch hour, and then in class from 1:00pm to 3:00pm.  I like to stay after class and get organized with the things I need for the rest of the week, so I typically will stay until 6:00pm to get assignments done before I get home.  Sometimes I will attend group tutoring for some of the courses like Pharmaceutics or Microbiology in the evening, so I can stay updated with anything I am unsure of or have questions on about the content from lecture.


What do you do when you’re not studying?

When I am not studying, I like to spend time with my family, cook, and admire my plants.  I have two boys who keep me on my toes, and two dogs who give me a lot of time to destress and comfort me.  Also, I usually cook all sorts of food like pasta, stir-fry, and I bake.  I just started a mushroom kit and I love it because I get to see them grow and then cook them afterwards.

I am also a Pharmacy Student Intern at Pick ‘N Save, so I spend some time applying my skills and knowledge learning from my job.  It is such a good experience working and getting to use what I know on a regular basis.


What has your experience been like at Concordia as a first-year pharmacy student?

I have really enjoyed gaining more knowledge about science and applying what I learned throughout my time here so far.  I have built a lot of good relationships with my peers and faculty members that have helped me get through the challenging times. It has taught me to laugh at myself along the way.  The program has tested me to rise to the occasion more than once. With each step, I have gained a better understanding of who I am and who I want to become.  Now that I look back at who I was before I started the program, I can see I have become more confident and a part of a bigger family.


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