Anonymous said: Can you tell me anything about the pharmacy fraternities at uop?I'm interested in joining one!
Hi! I love that you’re interested in joining a pharmacy fraternity! I’m actually in one myself! There are a bunch of opportunities to get to know people in all the fraternities during this semester, so keep your eye out for all the pre-rush events!
There are four pharmacy fraternities on campus: Kappa Psi (KY), Phi Delta Chi (PDC), Rho Pi Phi (RPP), and Lambda Kappa Sigma (LKS). I’m not entirely sure what you do and don’t know about these organizations. But I’ll give you some general information. First of all, all of these organizations are open to both pre-pharm and pharmacy students. So if you are a pre-pharm and you do end up pledging, you’ll probably be alongside students already in pharmacy school, so that’s a great way to start getting more insight into what pharm school will be like if you are a pre-pharm student.
KY is an all-male fraternity on campus. They have a really strong alumni base and their brothers all seem like good people. One of my good friends since freshmen year joined KY and he loved it. They also have what’s called an associate program, where they have a separate pledging process for women, but the girls aren’t technically considered brothers. You used to be able to pledge another fraternity and be an associate at the same time. For example, some girls used to be a part of both LKS and KY Associates, but they changed the bylaws and you can no longer do that. So if you become a KY associate, you can’t pledge another fraternity.
PDC is a co-ed fraternity. The brothers are probably some of the nicest people I’ve met on campus. They’re really great, really social, and I have had some great friends join PDC.
LKS is also a co-ed fraternity. But their mission statement is about promoting the advancement of women in pharmacy. So during most of my time at Pacific, all of the members were women. But last year, they pledged a boy! They’ve always been co-ed, but last year was the first year they had a guy member.
RPP is a co-ed international fraternity. I am personally a brother of Rho Pi Phi and I have never regretted my decision to join. I’ve made the greatest friends and I think it’s really opened my eyes to so many different avenues in pharmacy.
Each fraternity also does their own outreach events, like health fairs where they do health screenings, immunizations, and health education. There’s also more outreach than just health fairs. For example, my fraternity also does this even called drug take back day, where we travel to different locations in this part of Norcal and work with police departments/health orgs to collect and dispose of unused/expired prescriptions that people just have no idea what to do with.
Each brotherhood has their own pros and cons. I suggest that you just go to all of the rush events with open eyes. Don’t set your eyes on just one organization, because you never know what everyone else has to offer. When you go to pre-rush, don’t be afraid to put yourself out there. No one is judging you and we all just want to get to know you guys and have fun! Trust me, sometimes I feel like I’m awkward and terrible at talking to people, so if you feel like you’re nervous, just remember that we’re probably nervous too.
I hope I answered your question well enough. Feel free to keep asking me things if you want more specifics! And if you ever feel comfortable letting me know who you are, feel free to contact me. And maybe we can grab lunch and I can answer any other questions you have about pharmacy school, orgs, or any other UOP questions in general! :)
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Anonymous said: Hello. For students in the pharmacy program, if they are unable to meet the GPA requirement, are they dropped or do they have to take one more year to boost it up? Basically, does a 3+3 change to a 4+3?
If you don’t meet the GPA requirement, you don’t get dropped from the program. You just add on another semester or year, however long it takes until you raise your GPA, and apply next year. So yeah, basically a 3+3 changes to a 4+3, but you wouldn’t actually have to stay that whole year. You could literally just take one math/sci booster if that’s all you needed and take the rest of the year off until the application season. But you are only allowed to extend until 5+3. If you don’t meet the GPA requirements in your 5th year, then you pretty much get dropped from the program.