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No better way to enjoy a gorgeous snowy day in Minneapolis than with a great lunch at Sushi Tango. Miso soup, seaweed and cumumber salad. Then finally....TUNA sushi! I had both the oily tuna and the bluefin tuna. And LOTS of green tea. It was memorable to say the least!
There's not much else to report other than I had an interesting day at the University of Minnesota delivering a letter of recommendation to the College of Pharmacy Admissions Office for a technician that works with me. One of the other technicians that I wrote a recommendation for this summer did not get into early admission this fall and was deferred to the regular admission. While there at the office, I also tried my luck at a diplomatic version of begging them to let her in this round. Without her abilities, her drive, her brain, her tact, her support, and everything else she has put into her job as a tech, I would have gone apeshit this summer. I will say it again: apeshit. Pardon me. But it's true.
I don't know how to tell them that without making me, as the recommendation writer, not look like I don't have a grip. Being a pharmacist is a rewarding but tough job and you absolutely need good support staff to help you do your job. If you don't, you are miserable, especially in the retail business. I hope they understand that in the real world (vs. the academic world of grades and booksmarts, which she also has as well), being able to work under pressure and juggle chaos with grace are essential duties for both pharmacists and technicians. Not everyone has those skills. She has them and then some. I have no reservations or ego conflicts when I say that this girl is smarter than me. If I got through pharmacy school, she will DEFINITELY get through pharmacy school and with flying colors.
Well, I'm praying for her. Feel free to join me in this prayer. Elana, this is what you want and you deserve this oppportunity.
Anyway, about the campus. It was kind of weird being there after my brief but full-of-valuable-learning-experiences employment at the hospital a couple of years ago. I don't miss the hospital. All those nasty anti-bacterial chemicals in the air. Too sterile. No sunlight. But I do miss teaching at the U (as a TA). I would love to go back to that again. Perhaps next fall I will find out if they have any openings.
Teaching was fun and I miss it. It's the publishing part that scares me about doing it full-time (that and not being out of the real world makes people very idealistic in their approaches toward practice). What about the publishing scares me? Obviously I love to write. But I write with my right brain. I get "paper anxiety" when forced to do something as contructive, organized, and "right-brain inhibiting" as technical writing. When I successfully combat this fear, I may be able to re-enter the "publish or perish" world of academia. Till then, community pharmacy works just fine for me, thank you.