Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Our Blog Has Moved!

You can now find our Student Ambassador Blog on Tumblr! Follow this link to keep posted on what our students are up to:

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Hey first years! It's Bri! :)
With moving in right around the corner, you guys must be pumped! :)
You probably have a lot on your mind, including how much you're going to miss your family and friends. While it's inevitable that you're going to miss them, there are tons of things you can do to make it not feel so bad!

1. Print tons of pictures with you and the special people in your life! Join a website like or, and you can get free prints for joining! Decorate your room with these photos, and you'll feel like you are surrounded by your friends :) I do this every year :) Get creative! Make collages, get fun frames, and put the pictures wherever you want :)

2. Set up times to makes skype or phone chats with your friends and family. I skype with one of my friends every Thursday, and talk on the phone with another every Sunday. Have a routine keeps you connected to your friends and knowing that you will have allotted to talk to them each week helps you to miss them less!

3. Visit your friends! Figure out weekends when you're both free, and arrange a visit. There are trains and buses in Albany, so you  can get almost anywhere. Switch off who is going to visit who, so you both can get a chance to meet each others's college friends and experience each other's campuses!

4. Don't be afraid to make new friends. You will meet some amazing people when you move in, so don't hesitate to connect with them! Having friends on campus makes adjusting a lot easier, and they'll get going through the same things as you.

I hope you all are excited for moving in! Enjoy your last few days of summer, and I'll see you all around campus soon!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Hi guys, Bri here :)
You guys move in SO soon!! Are you excited?! In all of your excitement, you might forget a few things, so here are some reminders!

Cable cord (if you are bringing a TV)
Shower curtain
Cleaning supplies (bathroom, dusting, all purpose)
Laundry detergent
             Side note, I actually use "Purex-3-in-1" laundry sheets you can get at Walmart because they are detergent, fabric softener and a dryer sheet all in one!
Umbrella, rainboots and a raincoat!
Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, conditioner)
Hand soap for your bathroom
Bedding and pillows! Bring some extra blankets for when you're watching a movie or friends come to visit :)
Alarm clock/iHome
Applicances with AUTOMATIC SHUT OFF (toaster, coffee maker, iron)
Bins or crates for storage
Sticky tack and/or command hooks to hang things on your walls. You can't use push pins or tape!

Toaster ovens
Waffle makers
Extension cords
        If you need more outlets, get power strips!
Christmas lights
Hot plates
George Foreman grills
Pets other than a fish

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Hi, everyone! It's Bri writing again :)
Are you guys interested in joining clubs and organizations on campus?! Getting invovled helps you to meet new people, allows you feel more connected and at home on campus and will help you to manage your time better! You will get to find out about all of the things to get involved in at Welcome Fest that will occur during the first week of classes, but until then, here is some inforamtion to get you thinking about what you might want to join when you get to campus!

Soccer (Intercollegiate)
Cross Country (Intercollegiate)
Basketball (Intercollegiate and Intramural)
Volleyball (Intramural)
Ultimate Frizbee Club
Golf Club
Ski and Snowboarding Club
Tennis Club
Karate Club
Dance Team
Equestrian Club
Hip Hop Club

Professional Organizations:

Other Club and Organizations:
Craft Club
Multi-cultural Club
Tolerance Club
Peer Connections
Student Government Association
Outdoors Club
Colleges Against Cancer
Community Service Club
Orthodox Christian Student Association
Biomedical Technology Club

And many more! It is also easy to start a club of your very own if enough people are interested!
Make sure to consider getting involved in at least one thing, I really reccomend it!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Hey everyone, it's Bri here!
When you guys were at sneak preview, you probably noticed all of the construction around campus. Both the library and UHA field are being renovated.

The library is adding a grand staircase to connect the first and second floors on the library. The first floor is where you can find all of the books, and some study space with study rooms. The second floor is just for study space and study rooms, which is really helpful for group projects and studying with your friends. This staircase is going to make easier access between the floors, and add more light to the library! That will be awesome for those days when you are in the library studying but wishing you were outside :) Here is what it looks like now, but it will be beautiful when you guys move on campus in August! :)
Our track needed some updating and it was always a challenge for the soccer players of the past to play on a sopping wet, muddy field. That will never be a problem again! We are going to have a 6 lane track and a turf field now! Along with this addition to campus looking awesome, it will hopefully aid us in having more sports in the future! Here is a picture of what the field is going to look like: isn't is awesome?!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Hey everyone! It's Bri again.
Today I'm going to talk about one of the cool things that you get to do in the professional years on the pharmacy program - Pharmacy Skills Lab!

Here is where you finally get to start learning how to be a pharmacist :) Third year has a focus on community pharmacy, so will teach you all of the skills of how to work in that type of environment.

I'm a P1 student, so I am really looking forward to jumping into the material I've been so eager to study!
First, you learn how to make capsules, pills, ointments and suspensions! This is what I am most looking forward to in this class.

Next, you gain experience with counseling patients. Have you ever gone into a pharmacy and explained some symptoms to a pharmacist and then asked what would they recommend you buy? This lab is where you start learning how to do that yourself! Sixth years who are out on rotation come in and pretend to be patients so you can learn how to interact with patients, learn how to listen to symptoms and recommend the right treatment, and feel comfortable doing these things. These sessions are even reccorded, so you can go back and watch them to help yourself improve.

Last, you gain hands on experience by working in the mock pharmacy featured in the lab. You learn how to use a cash register, the pharmact input systems and stocking medications on the shelves. If you already work in a pharmacy, you know how important these things are! So here will be the place to develop those kinds of skills.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Why I love ACPHS

Hello Everyone!

My name is Gavin O’Brien. I am going into my second year in the Doctor of Pharmacy program at Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (ACPHS) this fall. I have been working in the Office of Admissions this summer and will be a new blogger as well. I am from Averill Park, which is in the Capital Region, and I could not imagine a better school than ACPHS. You may be asking: What sets ACPHS so far apart? For me, the two main reasons why I chose ACPHS were the academics and the small school atmosphere.

The first reason I decided to come here was because of my career goal to work in the health professions. ACPHS has one of the best schools for anyone who enjoys the sciences. The facilities are state-of -the-art and are a great place to learn, experiment, and thrive. As well as the technology, the professors play a huge role in the academic sphere. They are what make ACPHS one of the best places to learn and are each the leaders in their respective fields. They are so available outside of class and will pay special attention to each student. I think the biggest praise I can give the school is every professor genuinely wants each student to succeed. I always say that ACPHS, from everyone from the security guards to the librarians all the way up to the president, will lay down the red carpet for every student. All you have to do is ask. What I mean by that is that they will listen to your problems, work with you and try to solve them in any way possible. An easy way you can greatly increase your chances of success is to go to the professor’s office hours, go to tutors and utilize the services designed to help you. Some of you may be hesitant to seek out help, especially if you did not need any help during high school, but I can tell you from experience it is definitely worth it. You can go with a few friends, so it’s not as intimidating, but I definitely recommend going to office hours at the beginning of each semester just to introduce yourself and let them learn your name.

This recommendation leads me to the second reason why I love ACPHS: the small school atmosphere. We have fewer than 2,000 students on campus, which allows each and every student to get personalized, individual attention from everyone. The huge benefit of a small school is every student can meet with, learn from and develop relationships with all of the people on campus. I have only been at ACPHS for a year, but I already feel like I know all of my classmates. On top of that, I have gotten to know much of the administration at the school and many of them know my name. Being able to walk around campus and know most of the people you see is a blessing only a small school, such as ours, can provide. A great way to see and experience life at ACPHS is to come by for a campus tour and talk to our admissions counselors. They are all fantastic and have a great deal of experience answering any question imaginable. This will make it much easier to see if our school is the right fit for you.

To wrap it up, the two main reasons why I decided to attend ACPHS are because of the phenomenal academics and the close knit community. I hope you learned something new and, hopefully, can add your own reasons to why you would like to go here. More blog posts are soon to come. Enjoy the summer!

Gavin O’Brien