Hi Teacher Pete!
It’s so sad to see people leave but that’s how life goes.. Like what Fr. Dela Rosa said in our graduation, “Familiarity breeds contempt but distance makes the heart grow fonder.” People come and people go. Some positively influences your life and some just messes it up. I’m happy to say, you messed up my yoga life in a good way so i guess it’s not as bad as it seems, right? I kid. :D
I want to say, thank you so much for everything; For being open to talk to when I had the weird paresthesias on my foot during my 5th class in Bikram Yoga and for telling me that there’s a lot of sensations (like nerves waking up) that you could feel in yoga class. So I thought to myself, maybe it’s normal. So I kept on going and finished my 2 weeks of trial and after you worked the charm, I was back and glad to be back! And after my 3 months of yoga practice, I have learned from you different lessons that applies both in the hot room and my life:
1. Challenge yourself. To always know your limitations but allowing yourself to grow and learn. Don’t stop growing and don’t stop learning. To push more and push harder! Thank you for the extra push! I never thought I’ll go a long way in 3 months.
2. This is me and my practice. To not compare yourself with other people around you but to focus on yourself for they struggle as much as you do and you all get the same benefit.
3. Do the postures right. That there is no shortcut and to get the whole benefit, you have to start as if it’s your first day. It allows us to develop more strength and flexibility at the same time.
4. Focus on right now. They say, when we think too much about what’s next, we often lose the moment we’re in. And you taught us to focus on what’s right in front of you and to make the most out of it.
5. It’s always mind over matter. THINK and let the body DO the task without any hesitations. In other words, Just do it! from Nike®.
Thank you Teacher Pete for all the efforts on correcting our postures and being patient with each of us. Thank you for helping us find peace and joy. Thank you for helping me heal my ankle paresthesias. Thank you for making the class fun and lively. Thank you for eating the carrot muffins (I’m glad that was before Wheat Belly! Haha!). Thank you for teaching my parents and my cousin and welcoming them to the hot room. They are very happy to have known you. Thank you for sharing with me the wheat belly, the proof of heaven, malcolm gladwell and our little scientific chit chats of anatomy and physiology and the endocrine system. It was fun and I think you’re the only yoga teacher who talks about dopamine, serotonin and all the other hormones in class. Thank you for everything Teacher Pete. I am glad to have known people like you in my life time. We appreciate what you do and I/we hope to practice again with you soon. Remember, ferry boats!!! I wish you all the best in life and may you always be safe no matter where your feet takes you. Keep in touch and looking forward to the “work things out” that you are planning and telling me about.
Keep on Rocking and Have fun traveling!
Love and Namasté,
Gale (your awesome student, hahahahahhaha)
PS. I was meaning to send you a handwritten letter but I don’t know if I would be able to hand it to you.
After you have passed the exams, you are now going to register at PRC so you can practice your profession. PRC is open from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Me and my friend went at 8:00am so we could finish early.
Step 1: Ready the requirements you need for initial registration.
- short brown envelope (with name and profession written)
- one (1) passport size picture in plain background with name tag.
- current community tax certificate (cedula).
- payments: P600 (registration fee) and P450 (annual fee)
- Php 1000.00 per person for Oathtaking tickets.
Step 2: Get online and print your oath form. Fill up necessary details.
This is easier since you won’t need to fall in line to get your oath form and write everything.
Step 3: Buy 2 documentary stamps.
Head to the window on the right side once you enter the vicinity. It costs 21.00 each so thats’s Php 42.00 for two.
Step 4: Proceed at Window 17/19 to get your Permanent Examination and Registration Record Card.
You will then be instructed to fill up the boxes that they have marked on.
Step 6: Proceed to Window 19 to give your oath form, registration card and receipt. You will give your brown envelope and passport ID.
After, you will have to wait until your name is called and you will go back to the same window. It took us maybe 30 minutes of waiting or more..
You will have to go to the Oath taking ceremony to claim your board certificate and license card. And that’s it! Should you have any questions, just comment and I’ll try to answer.
Board exams? Yes, it was a memorable experience. Not because I was excited but because I got so much emotions during the whole process. Nervousness, lack of sleep, palpitations, headache, and definitely, constipation. I myself, would never want to repeat the same thing all over again and that’s one of the reasons why I am so motivated to pass and get through with it.
I was not excited as others seemed to be. I think mainly because they can’t wait to get over with the exams but I was too concerned on not knowing what to expect on the exams. I am very thankful for my mom and dad for being supportive and drove me to MLQU. I don’t know where this university is but I thank Google for bringing GoogleMaps! I wasn’t late. I arrived at 6:20am and we were supposed to be there at 6:30am. Instructions for the exams are given at 7:00am and the exam itself starts at 8:00am.
As the time drew nearer to 8am, I prayed to God not to ever leave me and guide me in my exams. I also prayed for St Joseph’s intercession as I went out of the room after the proctors gave instructions.
The farthest room on the left is where I took my exams.
We waited until 8am and BOOM! Pharmaceutical Chemistry. Wow, it was pretty difficult but somehow I know that I got at least 40% right answers. The same goes to the next two – Pharmacognosy and Practice of Pharmacy. I have to admit that my brain was so tired after the exams that I really wanted to get some rest but my anxiety for the next day didn’t let me.
Tip: Bring water, food, reviewers and lunch so you wouldn’t have to bother going out to eat and at least you would be able to get some last minute review on the topics you haven’t yet finished reading.
I went home and still, I tried to read a couple of topics for the next day. I tried to sleep early so I can get energized for the last day. I still prayed and kept on making myself calm.
Next day, we were to be at MLQU at 7am. Dad cooked breakfast and I drank some coffee to get my head working because I didn’t get a good night’s sleep. I got there and I must say, Pharmacology and Pharmaceutics are difficult but…. Quality Control! You’re the worst. I worried more but I believed that I will pass my exams. I went home and enjoyed the day not having to study anymore for my exams. It’s such a relief!
My friends talking about the last module.
TWO DAYS AFTER…
Results were out and I passed! I got 83% and I think that’s not bad at all.. At least i’m not going all over the same stresses again.
I encourage all the students who are going to take the exams to study, study, study and pray hard!
This should’ve been written during the transition between 2012 and 2013 but anyhow, I still want to write it.
- I got my visa!
- I got my first international package from the Central Post Office.
- I graduated with a degree of Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy.
- I traveled first time out of the country!
- I met my aunt and cousins in VA!
- I am very lucky to have tried my aunt’s cooking. :)
- I met my friend from WA state.
- I traveled alone from East Coast to West Coast.
- I mailed at the blue mailboxes first time and at different US Post Offices!
- I got amazon boxes! (I knowwwwwwww but I’m amazed!)
- I rode the ATV for the first time.
- I tried Five Guys Burgers!
- I went back to the Philippines by myself.
- I got my first job and a part time job as well.
- I am now part of the Parish Youth Choir.
- I had foreign guests for the first time.
- God blessed me with a loving and caring boyfriend.
- God blessed me with such a wonderful family.
- I am filled with God’s love and overflowing blessings.
- I got more and more closer to God. <3
And even if I already wrote 20 things, I still have more!
For this blog post, I am going to share to you how I prepared myself for the board exams. You might be a pharmacy graduate or just wondering how to prepare for an exam. Either way, I’m happy you’re reading and hopefully you would learn something from this.
JANUARY 12-13, 2013 BOARD EXAMS DAY
(I need to be always reminded with the Date.)
First day: Module 1-3 (Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Pharmacognosy and Practice of Pharmacy)
Second day: Module 4-6 (Pharmacology, Pharmaceutics, Quality Control/Quality Assurance)
1. Get all necessary reviewers.
This might include, but not limited to, PACOP Pink, Blue, Red, Orange, Reviewers from your review center and Reviewers from School. I had my UST Modules and I just borrowed some PACOP Reviewers from my friends from higher batches.
2. Decide if you want to enroll in a review center or just rely on self-review and in-house review provided by your school.
In my case, I did all of them because sometimes, I get too lax and going to the reviews makes me more focused.
3. Grab some inspiration.
I remember our professor telling us that we should list the top 3 reasons on why we should make it and top 3 persons on whom we should share our success. It actually did me good. At times when I feel like giving up on studying, I think about the persons and the whys and it just makes me want to study more.
4. Know what kind of learner you are and your personality in learning.
Different persons have different ways of learning. Some are visual, others are auditory and may be tactile or kinesthetic as well. I, myself, is a kinesthetic learner. I can’t learn without moving my body. I wander in my room, sometimes walking back and forth while reading things just to learn. They also say that when you use lots of senses in learning, it makes you learn more. I know some friends that does good in group studies but I personally don’t. I learn more if im by myself.
5. Work smarter, not harder.
This is already a cliché but it’s true. The thing is, you shouldn’t read and read and read the same things over and over again. Do not study the things that you already know! You always have to learn something new! It does feel good that you know things, but for the exam, you should learn as much as possible. Be reminded that you should be able to understand the concept and not just scanned your reviewers. What’s the use of having read it but you didn’t understand what you’ve read?
6. Train yourself with sample questions.
This is where the PACOP goes in. Treat the PACOP as if you’re already taking the exam. It helps you be trained in eliminating choices and come up with the best answer. My style is to read concepts then at the end of the day, I try answering some PACOP questions.
7. Do not be intimidated.
I admit that I get intimidated by my classmates at times especially on group studies. I always felt like I don’t know lots of things yet but always remember that there are things that you don’t know but they know and vice versa.
8. A sound mind is a sound body.
Don’t forget to eat healthy and drink lots of water to hydrate yourself! Some tends to forget eating because of the stress and pressure they get from studying. But please! Don’t deprive yourself of food and especially, sleep! Always remember that when you sleep, your short term memory goes to your long term memory so it’s actually very beneficial. I would admit that my brain gets exhausted and I tend to sleep lots of times.
9. Take short breaks.
You are actually more productive when you take some 15min break in between hours of studying than doing a 4-hr straight studying. You will realize that you feel more exhausted when you don’t take breaks.
10. Discipline and time management.
Say you only have 3 weeks left before your exams. Give most of the time to the subjects which you don’t understand instead of equally dividing them. The board exams have different percentage per module and you have to get 75% total percentage and not less than 50% on each module. I made my own time table and did my best to comply with it. I declined most of the outings and hanging out with friends thinking that I could always do it after my exams. At the same time, you also deserve a day off! On your days off, that’s when you could hang out and spend time with your friends.
11. Take lessons piece by piece.
Don’t get overwhelmed by the concepts that you have to learn even if its hard. It pays to understand each of it. Remember to take it piece by piece just like how you eat food. Just grab small bites until you’re done.
12. Expect each subject to appear on each module.
Students, most of the time, expect that if its a chemistry question, it might not appear on the other modules. Well, not at all! That’s why you have to be ready for the exams by the exam day because lots of questions from another module appear on this module. Hope you can get what I mean. :p
13. Shoot for the Moon! So if you miss it, you’ll land among the stars!
AIM HIIIIIIIGGGGGH and do your best to reach your goals! That’s what you should always do! Aim for a realistic goal. For example, if you aim for 100% and you did not get it, at least you’re sure you’ll land somewhere in 90s. :)
14. Do it for yourself and for God.
Do it for you and for your betterment. It’s not your mom, your brother or even your friend who will benefit from this but only you will. It’s your key on practicing 4 years of hardwork from your university to be able to be of service to others. Remember that God blesses each person who does things that pleases the eyes of God.
Never ever cease to pray. With God, all things are possible. Ask for his guidance and mercy that everything will turn out alright and to prepare you for the path and destiny he has for you. Trust and have faith!
To God be all the Glory! Hope this helps!
Leave a comment for any more ideas and suggestions to help everyone on passing their exams. :)