While in my absence, I have recieved this email from a student at the University of the Pacific.
First off, I love your site. Since you hate things that are retarded, I figured that you would like to hear about this “White Coat Ceremony” that we had at the University of the Pacific (http://www.uop.edu). It took place a few Monday’s ago during lunch (so those who actually work for a living couldnt attend)
I started pharmacy school in the fall, we haven’t even had our first round of midterms yet and we are expected to go to this utterly retarded ceremony.
So we are expected to dress formally, shirt and ties for guys, dresses for the not-guys. They have this outdoor thing all setup like graduation or something. We stand in single file line and are lead in. The professors stand there and talk about how special we all are, and how wonderful the alumni are for donating money so they could put this on. If it wasn’t for them we could not do this, blah blah blah. The Dean comes and says the line “You are no longer studying for yourself, but studying for your patients”. Then we get our name announced as we walk up there in front of everyone and get this nice white labcoat placed upon us by the faculity. They then give us an Rx pin that stands for “Loyality, Dedication, Honor, Commitment, Trust and the American Way”. You know, stuff like Captain Planet or Captain America would say. Then we get lead down to the dean whom we have to shake hands with while holding a copy of the “Pharmacists Oath”. The ceremony finishes off with more talk about how wonderful the Alumni are for donating money to put this on, etc.
I feel dirty wearing this white coat.
Ah, private schools. The only place where the staff preach about how to work in retail despite them not actually working in retail for 10 years. Where the students sit there and masturbate to their reflection in the mirror of how great they are compared to students who go to a public school. Hate to tell you, but all of our licenses are the same color, and we all get treated the same after you’re done. We all have to pass the same test be it your school cost 50 or 5000 dollars.
I do find it funny that it took place on a Monday. The historic busiest day for pharmacies across the country during one of the busiest times of the day. Maybe they didn’t want the alumni to come (because it sounds like they are /so/ important) to see what a utter fucking waste of their hard-earned donated money this is.
I hate “feel good” ceremonies. My “White Coat Ceremony” was a fucking banquet table out in front of the classroom building with a sign that said “Lab Coats: $15”. It was even wrapped in fucking plastic. What does UOP hope to accomplish with bullshit like this? To get some poor kids hopes up to have them fail the first round of midterms and fail out of school? “Thanks for the memories, heres your white coat to symbolize what a fucking failure you are. Please donate so we can do this next year”.
However lets look deeper at how completely stupid this whole auto-masturbation ceremony that UOP did. If I were a fucking alumni, I wouldn’t give a fucking dime to UOP because I know they are just going to piss it away on fucking stupid shit like this instead of doing something that will actually /help/ the students (classroom supplies, new white lines in the parking lot, blowjobs during finals, etc). I dont even see the purpose of this ceremony, why waste the money on it? To make the students feel better about themselves? I’m sorry, but if you dont feel good about yourself going into pharmacy school, then get the fuck out and make room for someone who doesn’t need a fucking hug and their asshole wiped by the faculty to make them feel “at home”.
Plus whats this “No longer studying for yourself but for your patients” bullshit. I am studying for myself because I /want/ to be a good pharmacist and I /want/ to succeed and I /want/ to be the best that I can be. Making yourself a good pharmacist will directly benefit your patients. You will be more inclined to do it for yourself vs waking up one morning and realizing that you put up with years of college for some unwashed asshole to sit there and yell at you because the doctor hasn’t auth’d an early refill on his soma.
The pin itself is what kills me. It stands for Truth, Justice and the American Way. The submitter was right, it was like fucking Captain America is going to go bash all the crackheads in the face with his Shield of Justice as all the poor folk get their antibiotics. This whole email was so over the top I cant even put it into words how disgusted I am that a school would be doing this. Its a fucking school, you go there to learn. I bet that UOP would even gladly hand you a big fucking F in a class and watch how feel-good you are when you shove that up your white-coat ceremony.
Just more examples as how this website should be on every pharmacy school’s website to let them know what the profession is really like. I thought I had the wool pulled over my eyes, UOP takes the fucking cake. If you are a student at UOP, please comment and tell me that this email was just an over exaggeration and shit like this didnt really happen. Then tell your classmates to join my Facebook Group because only one fucking student at UOP is with the program at this point.
I should fly out and teach a class there.