Thursday, February 12, 2015

7QT #49: Snowmageddon, Residency Interviews, Graduation Anticipation etc.

#1 Survived Chicago's SNOW DAY 2015

Me shoveling the driveway on Sunday afternoon (yeah, thou shalt not labor on holy days). ....but this was a unique situation because I had to be able to get out of my driveway on Monday morning at 5am and drive downtown for a residency interview.
 I'm sure God understood. And it snooooowed all afternoon, evening, and most of the night. Greg and I went back outside at 11pm and cleaned off our cars since we were both leaving home super early in the morning. I ended up taking my husband's large pick up truck and he took my teeny passenger car...and THANK GOD for that decision because I am sure I would have gotten stuck in the snow in at least in 3 different spots. The streets downtown were baaaaad and there were so many cars stuck in the snow and everybody was asking everybody for shovels. I got through the snow and parked fine with the large truck...but if I took my regular car I would not even make it into the parking lot, which was still 60% covered with snow because a lot of overnight hospital workers were parked there and the snowplows couldn't go through. I also had to wear my large boots (along with my suit) to make it through the snow...and then had to change my shoes while inside the hospital, prior to the interview. Such was my adventure.

#2 Survived 2 Residency Interviews (so far)

So my first interview, like I said, was the day after snowmageddon and so I left the house at 5:30am just in case the roads were so bad that I'd be stuck in traffic for 2-3 hours (not unheard of around here, especially when there is snow). I prepared for my presentation the day before and I prayed to Jesus to HOLD ME in HIS HAND and to the Holy Spirit to speak through me and to fill in the blanks for me in case I had trouble. And as always, I felt a lot better and a lot more confident after praying and handing the day over to God. 

The roads ended up being pretty good even before 6am and there was almost no traffic because all of the schools were closed on Monday...and so I got to the hospital area before 7. The hospital is actually about 4 blocks away from the school where I did my pre graduate (pre-pharmacy) studies and so I went to sit at the Starbucks where I used to go as a pre-grad student. I ordered a coffee, put my headphones on, listened to music (good, relaxing music...none of the current pop culture crap),  practiced behavioral interview questions, looked through my CV one more time, and refreshed my past projects in my head in case they ask about them.

The interview was very good. Yes, it was a long day and I had a total of 10 pharmacists interview me. (A bit intense, huh?) Each pharmacist had about 2-3 questions and I spent 20-30 minutes in each room (2 pharmacists per room). The pharmacists, residency director, and current residents were all so very happy to be there and so very pleasant and friendly. It was a full day (9am-4pm) but it flew by and overall I really enjoyed being there. I got a very good overall impression from that residency program and that hospital in general. Plus it's a Catholic Hospital filled with wonderful Catholic things everywhere...which is a huge plus. 

My second interview was today. 
And it was AWESOME. 
I don't even know why I should go to my remaining 4 interviews. I feel so strongly about these two programs I interviewed at so far. They're both just so awesome and so full of happiness and they're both so FULL OF CATHOLICISM. They're Catholic and they mean it. Pictures, statues, crucifixes, chapels, priests everywhere...It made me feel at I was among family. I almost feel that it would be a wiser use of my time to NOT go to these other 4 all-day interviews at the other institutions. But WHAT DO I KNOW? God only knows why He is putting me through these 6 traumatic and mentally draining days of interviews. The opportunities were given to me from heaven and I shall seize them! It never hurts to learn from these experiences, at the least :-)

This is the back of the pharmacy residency director's business card. Isn't it great? Aaaand she told me she can have a career, and her husband can have a career (he's a psychologist) and she can have a family (has 3 little kids - all under 6 years old), and she is able to practice in a hospital with great Franciscan values and mission. Yep! She is a Catholic and a practicing one at that! When I had my 25 minutes at her interview station (I was interviewed by 6 different pharmacists x 25 minutes each), after she asked me a few basic questions, we spent the rest of the time talking about gardening (she is a pro), her kids, the churches we go to (she goes to St. Anthony's and I go to St. towns about 20 minutes away from one another), buying Paczki's (poonchkis) for Fat Tuesday, and  about what we're doing with our husbands for Valentines Day. It was the best and most chill interview ever. And The Residency Director is just such a joyful, bubbly, lovely person. I love her and I would not mind working with her for year of residency.....aaaaand at least 20 years thereafter :-)

Interview # 2 of 6

Oh...I guess I forgot to mention one other thing that made me feel good today. One of the current residents , when questioned about how many programs she applied to, stated that she applied to 20 programs and out of those got 4 interviews. In my head I was like WOW, 20 programs!!!! First of all, that must have cost like a thousand bucks (I paid over $300 for the seven I applied to). Second of all, that's a lot of programs to apply to, interview at, and keep track of. But she only got 4 interviews out of perhaps if she didn't apply to this many she wouldn't get any interviews. The other resident applied to 10. I applied to only 7 programs and got 6 interviews. All but one program invited me. Made me feel like a champ :-)

Now, bring on next week God...3 back-to-back interviews, followed by one last one the week after.

#3 Cat picture of the week


#4 Currently reading:

Imitation of Christ by Thomas a Kempis
Story of a Soul by St. Therese of Liseoux

And I swear they go hand in hand. Their messages are so very similar, almost identical, yet unique. And they're making me fall more and more in love with Jesus and less and less with the world. They give me courage and strength to live out my faith and to make little sacrifices for Jesus, just out of pure love for Him. I'm planning on making a document with all the quotes I underlined/highlighted (that spoke to me) so I have those amazing messages on hand when I need them. They're so very inspiring, especially for lent, since I plan on undertaking some resolutions that will require self-discipline and self-sacrifice.

#5 Graduation is __98__ days away.

#7 Pharmacy Humor

The pain scale they had posted in the lunch room at the pharmacy on one of my hospital rotations.
They're all really funny...but particularly the ones on the bottom.

And this tired but super joyful and grateful pharmacy student goes to sleep now....


Yours in Christ, 


  1. Kitty pics are always appreciated by me. :)

    Glad your interviews went well.

  2. Yay for great interviews. I am glad you got there safely.

    1. Yes, it was quite an adventure but I got there :-) Hope all is well Ann-Marie!

  3. Good Luck, Agnes,

    My daughter has been a PharmD for 6 years and had to go out to the West to get a good job. It isn't easy out there, so I pray you will find what God Wills.

    Agnes (truly, that's MY name, too!)

    1. ha, it is so rare to meet another Agnes!!!! everybody always thinks my name is unique and "old." It's always "My grandma's name was Agnes...or my great Aun't name was Agnes."

      I agree, the job market is saturated and it's not easy to find a good job. But I'm sure God will provide. What state did you daughter ended up getting a job at? and What kind of pharmacist is she?

  4. I agree - and my grandmother's name WAS Agnes as well. :) It is an old name and I think I have finally "grown into" it as a 60+ year old.
    Yes, the job market isn't great. My daughter is in Arizona and works at a central order pharmacy. My husband is also a pharmacist - he is retired now after 40 years. You are just starting this long and very interesting journey. May God give you guidance as you pursue your career.
    Best of luck.

    1. Thank you very much. All I want is to follow where God leads me...and I'm sure His plan is better than mine :-)

  5. I love the pain scale--so funny! And love your mix of holy + humor :-)