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Why hello again MC! Did you miss me? I’ve missed you!


I’ve been gone for a long time so I thought I’d update you on the status of, well, everything. I know you’re just dying to hear all about it.


When I last wrote a blog I had just finished my second year of the Montgomery Scholars program and I had no idea what I was doing with my life. I figured I would go back to MC for a year, take some classes, and get my sorry act together. And, thanks to some help from a few awesome faculty members, I managed to do just that.  


I spent the fall semester taking two classes and narrowing down my list of transfer schools. As it turns out, big schools (the only schools I was considering) don’t actually fit my personality nor do they give out a lot of financial aid. Small liberal arts colleges, however, do. I’ve settled on two reaches, two good fits, and two safeties.


I wrapped up my classes with solid grades and good relationships with my professors. My anthropology professor even offered me a chance to do an independent study with her. I gladly accepted and start spring semester.


My dream of an internship at the Smithsonian has come true tenfold. After applying through the Paul Peck internship program I received two offers: one from the National Museum of the American Indian and one from the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. I hope to do both next semester.


And now here I am three internships and a few college applications later. Somehow more prepared for the coming semester than I ever thought I could be.


So, my advice for you young grasshopper? Take your time with school. Take a third year if need be. Do not pick Maryland just because everyone tells you to.  And definitely do not pass up MC just because it’s a community college.


It’s served me well so far.





Tiffany’s Magical Monday Music Selection: "Brave" by Sara Bareilles

From MC to UNE

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I have been stuck here staring at the screen for about 5 minutes now. It seems that I have forgotten how to start a blog post. I guess this is what happens when you lose practice even if you've posted here more than 50 times. Let's begin with my re-introduction.

Hello everyone ! I am Shas, an alumnus of Montgomery College, and currently a first year Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm. D.) student at University of New England, Portland, ME. A few weeks ago Ms. Jane emailed me that she wanted me to post something as a guest and I said "yes" instantly. I love writing here. 

I arrived in Maryland the day before yesterday after the completion of my first semester of pharmacy school. That was a stressful experience, let me tell you! A lot depends on one's learning style, but for me it was a difficult transition from a 2 year school to a graduate level program. You basically go to school, come home, study for 3-4 hours and then sleep. I'm getting old. Unlike MC days, I can't pull all nighters anymore. I went with the flow, learned a lot of pharmacy stuff, lost my hair, gained 7 pounds, but at the end it was a very rewarding experience as I passed all 6 courses with decent grades. 

I miss Montgomery College, and how I wish I could be sitting in the cute little General Biology class again. The classes I took at MC feel easy right now, but they seemed really challenging when I took them two years ago. I think it's the way life is. Past challenges seem easier than your current challenges because you've excelled at them. Past challenges at MC were the seeds that are currently yielding fruits at pharmacy school. MC is like a family to me. I am friends with some of my professors on facebook. I share hugs with professors when I meet them. I have a lot of love for the college, and I'd definitely love to be able to contribute to MC some day. MC is about endless possibilities. I become happy when opportunities like these arise, and I get to write about my life again. Thanks Ms. Jane for this opportunity.

In the end, I'd like to say thank you for reading my blog. If you have any questions regarding University of New England (UNE), a career in health science (pharmacy), or anything you want to talk about, feel free to email me at

I wish you all a safe and happy holiday season.


Thirsty Thursday (on a Friday): HashtagTtyl

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As you guys can see the semester is getting to an end and many things are going on. I missed my day to blog meditating on these finals next week. For the most part I feel prepared but there's always that one question you can't study enough for. I am really thankful of this opportunity to voice some of my MC journey to you guys for a semester, its been cool. Hope you guys have all your papers for next semester turned in and your potential class list for next semester in mind by now.

Putting off the little things because you're being lazy is NOT the move. As soon as the Fall semester ends we get that break but if you take care of all you need to do before the break you allow yourself to have peace of mind knowing the beginning process is taken care of already. I am like most of college america, a procrastinator, and till recently always waited till last minute to do things. I handle things in a quicker more efficient way and it has been less stressful.

Hope all you guys enjoy the downtime from classes, homework and test. Handle some of the stuff concerning your Spring schedule and classes early so that isnt a concern throughout your break. More importantly be safe and be very critical of your actions during this downtime. 

Till next semester folks


Short and sweet for the final one.

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Well, this is the end my friends. This is my last blog for the semester. Finals are next week and the end of the semester is nearly upon us. I have to be quick with my blog tonight because I have to study for my finals. I don't have to study in an "Oh finals are next week, I had better do some study" kind of way. It's more of an "Oh my god, finals are next week, I don't know anything" sort of situation.

I have been doing some thinking about my winter break though, and I want to achieve some things while we are all on in it. I have a habit of procrastinating and rushing to finish things at the last minute, so I am going to be on top of things, that's the plan anyway. It's a pretty simple list, there are only 5 things I want to achieve.
In no particular order they are:
-Begin my application to University of Maryland.
-Apply for any scholarships I qualify for.
-Apply for graduation from MC.
-Do some volunteer work at the elementary school I have been at this semester.
-Sleep a lot.

I am planning for next semester to be my last at MC. I have really enjoyed my time blogging during Fall and I am looking forward to continuing to tell all about my final semester at MC in my blogs in Spring. I will update you on whether I actually completed my 'to do' list during winter.

Until then though, have a great winter break everyone!!

Happy Friday!


(I thought the best way to end the semester was to share one of my favorite New Zealand songs of all time with you. It’s from a DJ called P-Money, and a couple of years old but I still love it!)



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