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About Me:

Hey everyone, I am Cathryn. I am going into my 5th year of pharmacy at Butler University. I am also working toward a minor in Science, Technology & Society! In my spare time, I enjoy hanging out with friends and writing. I've been working on NaNoWriMo and am hoping to be published at some point in the near future as well. Most of the time you can catch me studying in the library or browsing the Internet. Oh, and did I mention that I got married last summer?

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Au revoir, Facebook!

I’m taking the Drugs and Addictions elective, and I unknowingly almost gave up the Internet as my addiction for the rest of the semester.

Our objective yesterday was to come up with an addiction. The only thing I could really think of was that I’m on the computer all the time checking sites and doin’ stuff and I was like “always with the Internet, man.” So I wrote down Internet and turned in my notecard. Then we were informed we had to give up what we wrote down for the REST OF THE SEMESTER!

I really couldn’t think of any other addiction. I mean I really like Mexican food but I don’t eat it every day. I like sweets too, but we don’t keep enough around that it would make me want to give it up. Fast food too. But again, more of a bad habit than something I do every day or more than 2 times a week. So I had to come up with something to give up without … breaking the rest of the semester.

Au revoir, Facebook.

And I’m going to limit my time on other sites like Tumblr because I do spend a lot of time on it. But did you know there are like a million fan blogs for Ryan Gosling, Bruce Springsteen, and Christoph Waltz? This is hard you guys!

(Cathryn you’re super weird WHO IN THE WORLD IS CHRISTOPH WALTZ? he’s on SNL this week, HE IS A REAL CELEBRITY, GAWSH.)

How we do classes, last semester style


Clinical Kinetics – It’s every bit as awful as it sounds. In fact I have to listen to the recorded lectures on Panopto tomorrow. And maybe possibly probably order the book.

Advanced Drug Information – This class sounds redundant. As if pharmacy school isn’t 100% about drug information. Well, anyway, this class is about utilizing resources and understanding how to relay information from scientific articles (etc etc) in a clinical setting so we don’t sound like this on rotations:

Pharmacy Law – I thought I would hate this class buuut after this election year I’ve found myself incredibly intrigued by government policy and other such things so I’m actually looking forward to it!

Therapeutics 4 – As if the title didn’t give it away, this is the fourth therapeutics course we’ve taken. It will be full of therapy.

Intro to Rotations – Wherein we’re given a ton of deadlines, tests over 200 drugs and everything about them, and we listen to guest speakers talk about different kinds of rotations.

Public Health – GOSH I’M SO EXCITED. I’ve felt more and more over the past few months that public health is my calling (thanks to PAWS!) so I’m super excited to be in this class to learn more!

Drugs and Addiction – ALSO SUPER EXCITED because it’s not an area we study in our regular lectures at all, and I want to work with patient populations that may have a lot of substance abuse issues.

I feel like I’m really squeezing in the classes here. This is not a senioritis kind of year, people.

It begins

Well, the semester started … on Monday. I can’t say I haven’t been around the block on semesters starting and all of that, so my excitement levels were not through the roof when the time finally came to go to class. In fact, I sort of feel like some grizzled old veteran now that I’m in my last semester and this has been my face during every syllabus reading and all of the group projects we have to do:

The good news is my planner is FILLED OUT and my week is OVER. So I have all of tomorrow to work on the piles of assignments bestowed upon me by my professors. All in all it was a good week, though, because I got to watch Sicko and an episode of Intervention in class! I haven’t watched movies in class in ages! It’s like the good old days again. :)


This semester, we’re studying infectious disease, which is awesome. Definitely high up on one of my favorite subjects. No idea why though. Our professor ever-so-lovingly has referred to his lectures as Bugs and Drugs (hence my title). Yesterday, we sat through a 2.5 hour lecture yesterday and it was occurring to me that dealing with these cases is not unlike a real-time strategy role-playing game.

If you don’t know what that is … then good on you. But taking the example of my faaavorite, Fire Emblem, you command an army of people with different skill sets (and trust me, there are enough antimicrobials to fill up a Fire Emblem army), and then depending on each fighter’s skills, they may have strengths or weaknesses against enemies. This is exactly how infectious disease cases work–figuring out the enemy’s weaknesses and picking your strongest fighter(s) to go into battle.

Which brings me to my next point: I’m about 90% certain I’m going to apply for a pharmacy residency next year, and there’s a good chance I want to work with infectious disease. This is a big life decision for me! And I’m terrified! YAY!

To commemorate, I wanted to share the New Guy at the Pond: an Egret named Dolan.

Curtis walked RIGHT UP TO HIM for that picture!


Blowing everything off

My whole student career here, I’ve watched my friends get email after email saying that their classes have been canceled for one reason or another. In the science departments, it hardly ever happens. I’m not sure why. I remember for a whole week of organic chemistry, my professor taught with strep throat. It was insanity.

When it would snow a few inches, some professors would decide not to come to class. I remember one of my professors would come to campus from his farm in the boonies at 5 in the morning and never ever cancel class regardless of road conditions. And I’d be sitting in class all day seeing things on Facebook like:

“My class was canceled! Time for Starbucks lol!”

or even worse:

[updated at 2pm on a Tuesday] “Just woke up for my first class of the day lol”

Okay there might be an inaccurate overuse of “lol” but you get the idea.

Here’s my complex. Every time the mere suggestion of doing anything but schoolwork comes up, I get all indignant. And I act like this.

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But the truth is, even when I have cluster exams, I really do want to get milkshakes and cheese fries at Steak n Shake. Like real bad.

And this semester, my last year of classes here, I have had around 4 classes canceled. It’s not even fall break yet. Am I being Punk’d?! Now I have to camp out until my evening class and since it’s post-clusters I have nothing to do. Except watch more Community, I guess.


I must talk about this every year.

Fall is my faaavorite time of year. I know it’s only been September for 14 days, but the minute school starts I’m ready for it to be 60 degrees (or colder! I can do colder!) so I can wear boots and sweaters and scarves and always have a hot beverage in my hand.

(I was about to say “I wish I could share tumblr photosets!” and then I was like … wait, YES I CAN. But I decided not to share the whole thing for credit reasons!)

The leaves aren’t turning quite yet but once they do I will take my real camera to school (not my potato camera phone–which if you don’t know what that is, that’s when you have a really blurry camera that is worthless and might as well be a potato and not a camera).

Today, it’s rainy and it’s only going to be a high of 70. So I am wearing a sweatshirt and boots because 2/3 of my classes are canceled and I don’t care. Ha! Happy Friday, my friends.

Three out of Four!

I have my last final tomorrow and then I am DONE FOR THE SEMESTER.

But I have to say, this week has been grueling. 99 question final Monday with a 10 page paper due that morning was a lot to juggle all at once. After all that was finished, though, I just had some take home final stuff to finish, and then 3 finals. I’m really through the worst of it now!

Which is why it’s really hard for me to get down to studying for this last one. I got 4 hours of sleep last night, and as we all know, I need sleep.

Haha. All of you need to see Downton Abbey so you know why that .gif is so hilarious. And sad. Mostly hilarious.

I took a 3 hour nap after my final, and it is now nearing 11:30 PM, and I am WIRED. So I guess I will be staying up late again studying! Bring it, last final!

These are all over the internet, but I love the “leaving my last final” series. I need to post one now.

Scheduling for the fall!

This really crept up on me! About a week ago I was all “scheduling isn’t for a while! I’ll put together my classes later!”

Bad move.

So scheduling for me started on Monday, and I was woefully unprepared. Luckily in pharmacy school there isn’t a whole lot you have to plan. Just on what days and times you want to sit through long group sessions/labs. For next semester, my classes were really easy–and I even got to pick out a professional elective!

For my STS minor, I needed to take a specific elective that counted for my pharmacy elective AND and STS course. Unfortunately, that class is only taught every other year–and I just found this out!!

So right now, I’m trying to find another STS course to take, and in the spring I will be taking two professional electives. This is actually awesome for me because these are the courses I want to take:

– Public Health

– Illicit Drugs (hehehe)

– Infectious Disease

– I’m sure there’s a fourth one but I can’t think of it

Anyway, being able to take two electives spring semester is really exciting for me. I am also a nerd, so that helps.

On the other hand, I will be taking biostatistics in the fall. That, I am not nerdy enough to appreciate.

In fact, it sort of terrifies me. What is that?!

Schedule, why you so confusing?

Bad grammar in title intentional.

So it’s Thursday, and all semester on Thursdays, I have had PDA 2 at 10 AM. I got up a little later than normal due to an intense heavy REM sleep I was in (seriously, I shut off my alarm and went straight back to dreaming!), so naturally, I left the apartment a little later than I intended. I trucked it to class, wearing an extra jacket that I didn’t need. It’s going up to almost 70 degrees today, people!

So I stumble into the pharmacy building feeling like I’ve given myself shin splints (speed walking + falling apart flats = leg pain), and both of the lecture halls are nearly-empty, except for one that has maybe half a dozen people from my class in it. I waltz in, wondering where everybody is, because it’s 9:59. Was there a Wednesday night pharmacy rager that I didn’t know about?

Then I see that things for Self Care 2 are up on the projectors, and I am informed by some lovely classmates who could clearly see my confusion that we don’t have PDA 2 on Thursdays at 10 AM on weeks we have group work sessions.


So my Thursdays just got a little more awesome, and I’m already on campus, so that means I found a study cove in the library, and it’s time to catch up on said PDA 2. Dr. Beck talks too fast.

During clusters, I made a bomb-diggity playlist with 72 songs on it, and I’m listening to Creed right now. I’m not afraid to admit it.


It’s wallpaper-sized so I’m crossing my fingers that it will totally break the blog layout.

Myers-Briggs Personality Test!


I’ve always had a fascination with personalities. I think it’s really interesting to learn about myself, and why I get in moods where I hate people and I have to be alone. And how I have the amazing super power (that others also have) to sit in a busy Starbucks and do work.

My Myers-Briggs has been pretty consistent all through high school and college: INFJ. When I took it last week, I actually got ISFJ, the difference being: N’s are big picture, pretentious English major types, and S’s are the structured, “I have to make lists and figure out every detail or I get an aneurysm” pharmacy school types. I’m fairly confident I’m still an N, but sometimes my S qualities shine and drive people crazy.

Anyway, if you’re not familiar with the Myers-Briggs test, here’s an explanation to help you get started.

We’re discussing personalities in my “Finance and Personnel Management” class, which is less about finance and more about personnel management–at least right now. So far, it’s been interesting considering how different personalities work together… or don’t. I love it.

I’m also going to be that manager that hates when you come in my office and start talking to me about things. Then I’ll tell you to “send me and email” and shoo you away.

Anyway, after you take the test, comment here and tell me what you got!

Here’s Boo. I love Boo. He’s probably an INFJ. <3

Boo + Pillow Pet = Cuteness overload.

THIS JUST IN: I found out that the P2 class has a lot more N’s than S’s. I’ve always been self-conscious about my complete lack of S-ness, but now that pharmacy has become more patient-focused, we’ve needed more NF’s around to help out! :)