13 Ways to Bend Your Stress: Shaping Your Pre-_________ Mentality


“A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him.” 

-David Brinkley, American Newscaster

(July 10, 1920 – June 11, 2003)


For me, even thinking about pharmacy school can get really stressful at times. I am sure that whether it is pharmacy school, medical school, or any other from of graduate school, you are all stressed out too. Friends, bend your stress by taking these tips in order to reduce stress from your life and break away from the shackles of anxiety.

  1. You mean more as an individual than just your GPA. Enjoy learning and academics. Do not stress about what you think others will think about you.
  2. Are you doing extracurricular activities to impress the college of your dreams? If so, then stop immediately. Not only is this misguided, this is a sure-fire way to induce unwanted stress. Do something because you want to do it. Not because of what you think others want you to be doing.
  3. If you want to become a leader in health care, then I sure hope you love science! Nonetheless, as I have mentioned, it would be beneficial to you to love knowledge in general, regardless of subject. Remember, a wise individual never stops learning. This undergraduate work is not just so you can go to pharmacy school. The knowledge you will have learned serves as a guiding point for all of your future scholarly endeavors.
  4. Are you doing it for the money? Money comes and goes with the snap of a finger. Really, if money is driving you to do something, then you might as well be fueled by the hopes of winning the lottery. If you really love money, then get a horseshoe and pick lucky numbers. A Pharmacist, Doctor or any other professional for that matter deals with work-related stress that can only be quelled by the internal desire to do well in the field. 
  5. Talk to your professors. Most of the time, you can always learn more from your professor than any of your friends. Stand on the shoulders of giants!
  6. Bend your stress! If you are stressed now when you are thinking about getting into school, then imagine how much stress you will be under once you get in. Also imagine the stress that you will have for the rest of your life. Remember, you can never remove 100% of all your stress, but you sure can learn to bend it!
  7. Have a goal and shoot for it. If you have a dream school, stop calling it your “dream” school. Why dream? Sleeping is not going to get you from Point A to Point Success. Why not call it your goal school. If you make goals, then there is no telling of how well you might actually do. 
  8. Have a great amount of confidence in yourself. If you do not believe you can succeed, then you will inevitably fail. A lack of confidence usually means a futile mission; a failboat journey if you will, that goes nowhere but down. 
  9. Be your #1 fan. Reward yourself for everything that you do well, but do not get comfortable. Always, make sure your stress is bent but never take a breather when you have a set goal. perseverance is what separates the individual who is part of the acceptance rate percentage from the failures. 
  10. Learn as much as you can in the university setting. 
  11. Do not look up to, nor down to any competitor of your rank. What I mean by this may be confusing. What I am saying is that if you see someone else in your class who did better on your exam, do not look up to him/her and glorify him/her. Have some pride in yourself. Granted, the road is not the same for everyone. Some people have an easier path than others. So what! Be the best YOU can be and never let anyone else serve as an obstacle from your goal. With that said, it goes without saying that you should always be humble and never look down on anyone either. (You can always look up to great professors or even people who did admirable things. Just do not feel crushed by other’s accomplishments. Admire them and be a true team player).
  12. Be a team player. If you think that you will be successful just by being a recluse, then you are far from the truth. Not only is it frowned upon to lack those social skills, every successful individual is an excellent team player. If they are not, well, then they should be… Your relationship between you and your colleagues should be mutualistic.
  13. Lastly, same as #6: BEND YOUR STRESS! You can do succeed only if you work hard and you have a hungry heart and unstoppable perseverance. Your only obstacle is yourself. Run through your problems and grow stronger and stronger each and every single day!

About the Author: Kevin Kim

I have devoted my life to science and rational thinking. As a student in life's classroom, I am striving to learn something new every day. Graduate of UC Riverside, Class of 2012. Graduate Student at Keck Graduate Institute, part of the Claremont Colleges. Class of 2014 with a Masters in Bioscience. The track is pharmaceutical design and development with the ultimate goal of becoming a pharmacist who can also contribute scientifically through research. I hope that through my postings, people will no longer be crippled by stress and anxiety. Fight on! Fight Strong!

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