I woke up not too early, but early enough to take a shower and get ready. Usually, it’s hard for me to sleep in an unfamiliar area, but these past two nights were no problem for me.
|My lovely roommate, Alexa!|
It was a normal routine with breakfast, but unfortunately it was raining on our way to class. It was humid, raining, and a little windy, and I’m a really glad it wasn’t burning hot. Wearing shorts and a t-shirt is not the smartest thing to wear in the rain, but I had an umbrella, so it wasn’t too bad.
Our Pharmacology class was really interesting today. One fun fact I learned was that Vitamin C inhibits tumor growth. You may wonder why we talk about Vitamin C, but some people consider vitamins a drug. Because a drug is considered any substance in the body that changes you physically of psychologically, and a vitamin improves your physical health, it can be considered a drug. We had a whole discussion about what actually classifies as a drug. Classification of drugs depends on how you use it.
Along with drugs, we learned a lot about the placebo effect. It is when a patient believes they have taken a certain drug, but actually they have taken a sugar pill. The way a placebo works is all through the mind, because if you think it will relieve your pain, it will, but if you think it won’t, then it will not. We watched a CBS video concerning the battle between a placebo and an antidepressant pill. While one scientist’s research discovered that placebos are more effective, another scientist in a different country discovered that the pill is more effective for more people. Discovering that I have a balance view towards science, it’s hard to really decide if I believe in the placebo. I cannot make a final decision unless I know the long-term effects of the placebo. Many may have felt better right away from taking the placebo, but the video didn’t discuss the long-term affects, so it’s hard to believe which one is actually better to use. I can go on and on about this controversy, but I won’t. Let me leave you with one question: Did you know: by law, a pharmacist can substitute prescription drugs with generic drugs?
After very knowledgeable discussions in Pharmacology, I headed off to my Arête class. We began learning an Australian partner dance from the Sound of Music. Since there is only one boy in our dance class, most girls had to learn the girl part. It was not too easy, but I hope to get the hang of it more.
Our cohort then reunited with our chaperone, Mr. Mannix and Ms. Kronenberg for dinner at the dining commons. We each shared how we were doing and I learned that Mr. Mannix and Ms. Kronenberg have been going on many college tours. It’s good to know that while we’re here working hard, our chaperone is also kept busy.
|Spent time with Ms.Kronenberg and Mr.Mannix!|
|Blogging in the laundry room!|
Instead of doing SOFT (Sign Out Free Time), the girls of my cohort all went to do laundry and blog. We’ve been out here on the East coast for just over a week, and a refreshed wardrobe was really needed. We also took advantage of the time to spend time with each other; too bad Chris is not with us. I really miss spending time as a whole cohort, but I’m glad we’re all making new friends.
Before our night completely ended, we had a wonderful proctor group meeting. Our proctor is so awesome, and I can honestly say we are like a family already. We send little POGOs (Positive Gossip) notes to each other, and at the end of a long, challenging day, it's just a place we can relax and be honest with each other. We even had a little dance party, and it was interesting to learn the different Southern dance moves. I am very blessed to be around such friendly and genuine people, and although we each are different, we all have a special connection that we share.