When I got back to Chicago for the summer it took me awhile to readjust. I knew that was going to happen so I made sure I didn’t start work for a week. This was nice because I got to see some of my friends and family that may have been more difficult to see right away if I was working. Also, Jordon, another pharmacy student in my class, came out to the Midwest to visit. She stayed with another fellow pharmacy student, Kristyn, in Indiana. It was a nice transition to see them in my neck of the woods. We went out to eat and saw some of the city together. One of my favorite tourist places in Chicago is Navy Pier. It’s beautiful and free!
I also spent some time with my mother. My mom, Karen, has two degrees, one in nursing and one in fine arts. She received her fine arts degree from the Art Institute of Chicago and still goes to the museum pretty regularly. There was an art show at the museum displaying the work of Roy Lichtenstein. It was nice to spend some time there with her. It is also refreshing learning about something completely different then science and pharmacy.
That first week I really strived to unpack and get as settled as possible knowing that once the summer really got going I would be super busy. I found going back and forth from Denver to Chicago can be a bit difficult to readjust to. However, now that I have one year under my belt, I think the transitions will only get easier.
Going back to work was kind of hard. I have been at my store for over 9 years. This was my store, but for the first time, in a long time, I felt new and slow. It was hard to even stand for an 8 hour shift let alone get back into the old routine. I would say it took me at least a week to feel somewhat comfortable again. That was really frustrating. On a better note, I was very excited to be a part of the intern program with CVS/Caremark. I have waited for this for years. My goals at work this summer is to learn more about management and leadership. I feel that that is critical in pharmacy because no matter where you end up, you will most likely have someone working for you such as a technician. I think it is also important to learn how to be managed since you will most likely always be working for someone else. The program established at CVS is pretty well organized. I find they listen and respect our input but also expect us to put in the time and work hard for our company. So far, I have been lucky enough to get to do other activities in addition to working behind the bench. I have been involved with going into other stores and helping organizing them as well as running annual inventory checks. I also participated in two community events that helped promote CVS/Caremark.
Another part of the CVS intern program is attending meetings every so often. This is a great way for me to meet other local interns since I am the only one attending school out of the area. It is also refreshing to further my commitment and knowledge of CVS.
So far, that is what my summer has consisted of, a lot of work with CVS. However, I do get moments here and there to relax and have fun. My boyfriend, Mike, has a family cottage about an hour up north near the border of Wisconsin. We go up there when we can but it can be hard with our crazy schedules. It is quite peaceful up there and it makes you feel like you are miles away even though it is just an hour drive.
We also got to spend a few days in Milwaukee a few weeks ago. Mike and I love Milwaukee. It is very easy to get around, has good food and great entertainment. We actually went up to see the Chicago Cubs beat the Milwaukee Brewers. The Brewers field is newer and very nice! We were very impressed!
The next day we spent visiting local shops, restaurants and pubs. We had to stop at the famous cheesemart to pick up some cheese curds and fine cheese. We even sent some to Denver to my Aunt! It was a great couple of days and nice for a short getaway. Mike and I also spent a day at Great America to try out their new ride. I felt like I haven’t been there in years so it was nice to revisit the park. For those of you who don’t know, Great America is a giant theme park with amazing roller coasters! I have been on every ride (except for the giant drop!)
I have also been back at brewing beer at home. It is a fairly new hobby that I picked up a couple of years ago, but it keeps me busy. I tried my first batch for 2012 and it was horrible. It is safe to say that it was the absolute worst one yet! The next batch called Midnight Summers Dream should be done in a few weeks. I will be sure to keep you posted on the outcome of that one.
During the summer has been more difficult to write but I will try to keep up. For all you soon to be Regis pharmacy student’s class of 2016 please feel free to leave a comment or ask a question!
Until next time!