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How I Studied Pharmacy Twice By Lauretta Oyemwenosa Obakpolo by Period007(m): 4:29pm On May 24, 2020
Ever since my induction I have been asking myself, Lauretta was Pharmacy your dream profession? Will you enjoy pharmacy practice? Do you think your current passion for pharmacy will take you through the practice years or you will abandon the practice for something else? Well, all these questions are daily answered as I journey in pharmacy practice.

Pharmacy was what I decided to study after a mental analysis of the profession to pursue as a career. Engineering and law were two professions I also admired so much but were not alternatives to Pharmacy for me. I may still pursue a degree in Law, maybe later in life.

My Father’s Influence

As a little girl (and daddy’s girl), I followed my father to Airen Pharmacy in Benin City for his refills and I met the pharmacist on duty who talked with so much confidence and eloquence. I remember asking my dad what do people like the Pharmacist study in school and he not only gave me a detailed answer, he also encouraged me to be one. My dad will tell us about the need to pursue a professional course as that will grant us meal ticket for life. That was his right word “meal ticket”, but is pharmacy profession my meal ticket today or should I tell daddy the truth? Maybe soon he will know the truth.

My dad’s love for Prof. Dora Akunyili made me know about her early as a child. He would always cut the portion of the newspaper she appeared in for me to read. I read a lot about her (her personal life and fight against fake drugs) and discovered she studied Pharmacy at the University of Nigeria. That alone increased my passion for pharmacy profession and choice of the University of Nigeria. So I can say God used my dad to help me choose Pharmacy and Late Prof. Dora Akunyili increased the zeal to study the choice.

My missionary Journeys in Pharmacy school

My journey in pharmacy school could be likened to a complex biochemical pathway. In fact, I will summarize it as a first and second missionary journey.

1.The first journey was in the faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences in the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. It started so beautifully from NSLT to Abuja building and then to Jimbaz as a fresher in the den. This progressed to the days of Prof. Nwodo’s biochemistry class to Pharm. Calc. and the whole pharm this pharm that courses.

Academic balance was achieved in 300 level then and so progressing across levels were easier. This balance and joy of soon to be a pharmacist was truncated in 400level second semester when my admission was questioned and subsequently suspended. It was heartbreaking and mentally draining but then it thought me a lot.

My admission was questioned and my graduation suspended. Does this really matter anymore? No it does not. The most important thing is I left UNN and came to my place, Edo state. I wrote another JAMB and got admitted again into the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Benin and that was where my second ‘missionary’ journey began.

2.University of Benin Pharmacy School was a memorable place. When I started I was still down psychologically but then reality will always be reality. One just had to pick up what was left and move on.

I had two major discouragements starting over again. The first was writing a full semester examination with a wrong Matriculation Number. Thank God for my seat mate now colleague, Pharm. Obaseki Obaman and my God-ordained exam officer-Professor Ighodaro Igbe. They were angelic and instrumental to me not leaving UNIBEN pharmacy out of another frustration. The second was the ASUU June to December 2013 Strike. After then, I enjoyed pharmacy school. I had colleagues that were all unique in various ways and life, as well as pharmacy became fun again

Politics and Involvement

In 300 level, the zeal for politics came and we did it. Yes we ventured into SUG politics-‘we’ because we were a team. Upon picking interest in SUG presidency, so many persons questioned why I should go for the president, why not the Vice. Some suggested even that pharmacy students had no need to join politics, that we should be reading our books. But we did what needed to be done and we came out victorious

Many of us had carryovers (for the first time) because of the SUG politics. We still did the politics till 600 level even when the CGPA were threatened. I remember someone telling me to choose between becoming SUG president and my Pharm.D. I chose both and got both. I paid price to obtain the prize. It was worth paying anyway.

Special thanks to my classmates, they all made sure I did not fail as a union president. Many had to wake me at night to read, some photocopied there notes and revision jotters for me, some read into my ears just to aid comprehension. I am always proud I met them.

Dreams really do come true.

In 2011 when I had issues with the University of Nigeria, I thought how sad my beautiful dream was about to die. I wept without control, day and night. After my last paper in final year UNN pharmacy school, I cried so much as my friends were celebrating. The tears gave me strength instead and made me resolve to see my fight to become a Pharmacist to the finish.

On my induction day in UNIBEN (June 2019), as we sat in the auditorium my mind flew back to all what I went through in 2011/ 2012 and all I saw were hot tears flowing freely from my eyes. My mum ran to me and held me so tight and all she could say was ‘at last’. My dad held my provisional license and oath certificate so tight that he refused to release it saying ‘before UNIBEN change their minds, I will already be in my house’. Yes, he went home straight with them and left me to celebrate with my friends.

Indeed, I saw the value of persistence, courage and self-motivation. I challenge all pharmacy students to turn every limitation to a challenge and do all you can to achieve your dreams. Time used in achieving satisfaction is never counted when the satisfaction comes. Every pharmacist today had unique stories in pharmacy school so turn yours to a testimony.

Even as I continue in the practice of pharmacy, I trust I will do my best to contribute my quota to the profession. For now, no plans to practice outside the profession, rather I will work towards having a better professional experience. Pharmacy is still my dream profession today and always, but as the world is evolving I am ready to evolve so as to remain relevant in the profession.

Dr Lauretta Oyemwenosa Obakpolo
B.Pharm, Pharm.D

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Induction day with my parents

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Re: How I Studied Pharmacy Twice By Lauretta Oyemwenosa Obakpolo by Nobody: 4:40pm On May 24, 2020
lauretta Lauretta,, my able sug presido. Never knew this was the story... so insightful. Am also a uniben optometry 300level student. One of ur ardent followers during the sug elections in unibest.

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Re: How I Studied Pharmacy Twice By Lauretta Oyemwenosa Obakpolo by DOMINO001: 9:18pm On May 24, 2020
Never give up in life.

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Re: How I Studied Pharmacy Twice By Lauretta Oyemwenosa Obakpolo by johnkey: 5:01am On May 25, 2020
Back then in school I always feel disturbed when I see a young student mocking an older classmates, when you don't know their story or how yours will end.

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Re: How I Studied Pharmacy Twice By Lauretta Oyemwenosa Obakpolo by Period007(m): 8:31am On May 25, 2020
DOMINO001:
Never give up in life.
Her never give up altitude is top notch and should be a motivation to many

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Re: How I Studied Pharmacy Twice By Lauretta Oyemwenosa Obakpolo by potent5(m): 8:51am On May 25, 2020
Never give up on your dreams. I had a similar experience studying... From university of Uyo to the University of Nigeria.
To God be the glory for the courage to take a deep breath and try again.

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Re: How I Studied Pharmacy Twice By Lauretta Oyemwenosa Obakpolo by Petersamuel8(m): 10:40am On May 25, 2020
congratulations and it's a good thing you love what you do

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Re: How I Studied Pharmacy Twice By Lauretta Oyemwenosa Obakpolo by Period007(m): 12:30pm On May 25, 2020
potent5:
Never give up on your dreams. I had a similar experience studying... From university of Uyo to the University of Nigeria.
To God be the glory for the courage to take a deep breath and try again.
Can you share to us your story

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Re: How I Studied Pharmacy Twice By Lauretta Oyemwenosa Obakpolo by potent5(m): 12:57pm On May 25, 2020
Someday, yes.
Period007:

Can you share to us your story

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Re: How I Studied Pharmacy Twice By Lauretta Oyemwenosa Obakpolo by KC031: 4:08pm On May 25, 2020
That's really an inspiring story.
Almost same like mine,spent 8yrs in UNN but I thank God for where Iam today. Keep the flag flying honourable colleague.

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Re: How I Studied Pharmacy Twice By Lauretta Oyemwenosa Obakpolo by Randy100: 4:19pm On May 25, 2020
I don't want to sound insensitive to her case but she is to be blamed for what happened to her at UNN. I stil like her courage and determination in fighting till last. She is welcomed to the noble profession of druggist.

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Re: How I Studied Pharmacy Twice By Lauretta Oyemwenosa Obakpolo by Divay22(f): 5:44pm On May 25, 2020
Damn
Some people are strong sha. But I'm happy your parents are lovely and i sure know they gave you all the assistance and courage to go on and you finally made them proud.

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Re: How I Studied Pharmacy Twice By Lauretta Oyemwenosa Obakpolo by edoairways: 6:31pm On May 25, 2020
lalasticlala this piece is interesting as it motivate many not to give up. Kindly move this to encourage others too

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Re: How I Studied Pharmacy Twice By Lauretta Oyemwenosa Obakpolo by Chidexter(m): 6:36pm On May 25, 2020
Randy100:
I don't want to sound insensitive to her case but she is to be blamed for what happened to her at UNN. I stil like her courage and determination in fighting till last. She is welcomed to the noble profession of druggist.

Can you kindly explain what happened please

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Re: How I Studied Pharmacy Twice By Lauretta Oyemwenosa Obakpolo by Randy100: 7:16pm On May 25, 2020
Chidexter:


Can you kindly explain what happened please
I beleive, she came with fake or incomplete result as required by the faculty.

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Re: How I Studied Pharmacy Twice By Lauretta Oyemwenosa Obakpolo by Period007(m): 7:19pm On May 25, 2020
It can also be a fake admission

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Re: How I Studied Pharmacy Twice By Lauretta Oyemwenosa Obakpolo by Jman06(m): 8:56pm On May 25, 2020
Hmmmmm


The great Lauretta Obakpolo!

This your story is really touchy! Some of us never heard about it before now, even while we were campaigning for you that year.
Anyway, the good thing is that your story has taken a happy turn and I know you'll continue to soar from glory to glory. All I see around you are potentials. Keep the fire burning!

As for your experience at UNN, I'm glad you've put that behind you. Please, never let that experience influence your professional and social life with your colleagues and friends in any shape. Let forces of nature judge the actions of men as they have always done.

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Re: How I Studied Pharmacy Twice By Lauretta Oyemwenosa Obakpolo by Abcruz(m): 10:06pm On May 25, 2020
Wow I am inspired

For there is hope for a tree,
if it be cut down, that it will sprout again,
and that its shoots will not cease.
Though its root grow old in the earth,
and its stump die in the soil,
yet at the scent of water it will bud
and put out branches like a young plant
.
Job 14:7-9

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Re: How I Studied Pharmacy Twice By Lauretta Oyemwenosa Obakpolo by Nobody: 8:08am On May 26, 2020
Randy100:
I don't want to sound insensitive to her case but she is to be blamed for what happened to her at UNN. I stil like her courage and determination in fighting till last. She is welcomed to the noble profession of druggist.
How is she to be blamed Please explain. Must they wait for her to reach year 4, just to question her admission and get her suspended

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Re: How I Studied Pharmacy Twice By Lauretta Oyemwenosa Obakpolo by Randy100: 8:35am On May 26, 2020
Snowale:
How is she to be blamed Please explain. Must they wait for her to reach year 4, just to question her admission and get her suspended
The blames goes to her for the following reasons

1. Submitting fake document if that was the case.
2. If it is fake admission, then, it means that she didn't make the cut off mark and she was trying to cut corners. It still her fault.

The school is not to be blamed because they warned each candidate beforehand. The school has a policy of reviewing each candidates admission intensively in their penultimate year that is were most people are caught and shown the door. Do you still think the school is to be blamed?

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Re: How I Studied Pharmacy Twice By Lauretta Oyemwenosa Obakpolo by germaphobe(m): 9:08am On May 26, 2020
also a pharmacy student currently in my 200 level. first semester 100level was cool, was serious and all gp was good and high, fast forward to second semester i screwed up no need of even checking my result cus i know there will be alot of carryovers, started 200level on a sad and depressed mood everything was just not making sense anymore friends still think i'm the same guy they used to know in 100level first semester, before the corona break we were preparing for exams, and some where planning on sitting with me i was thinking of how i'm entering another crisis of carryovers. thank God for the break i have worked on myself and the passion is back can't wait to pick up

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Re: How I Studied Pharmacy Twice By Lauretta Oyemwenosa Obakpolo by Nobody: 9:14am On May 26, 2020
Randy100:
The blames goes to her for the following reasons

1. Submitting fake document if that was the case.
2. If it is fake admission, then, it means that she didn't make the cut off mark and she was trying to cut corners. It still her fault.

The school is not to be blamed because they warned each candidate beforehand. The school has a policy of reviewing each candidates admission intensively in their penultimate year that is were most people are caught and shown the door. Do you still think the school is to be blamed?
Life would be more beautiful when we do things based on what our conscience says as Humans, we were created with conscience not to just dump it, and follow strict rules we created for ourselves. Just see how the will pity her, had it been she is the VC's, a professor's or a powerful politician's daughter. That's why sometimes I agree with those that says laws are for the poor, especially in Nigeria. This law in particular is too strict, because she had spent almost 4 years in the medical school before she was withdrawn. The money + The time + The stress + risks etc. Only if you know the amount of money spent on an average undergraduate per session.

I've seen three people called to panel for examination malpractice, 2 were expelled.the third one was pardoned because he's dad is a senior lecturer. The 2 that were expelled were caught talking to each other, can you imagine, the judgement passed on them was too strict, because they are already in their final year.

Solution: We are not robots that just pass judgement based on rules and regulations written in paper. expelling someone in year 1 and someone in year 4, for breaking the same rules. We are humans, we should be considerate.

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Re: How I Studied Pharmacy Twice By Lauretta Oyemwenosa Obakpolo by Randy100: 9:46am On May 26, 2020
Snowale:
Life would be more beautiful when we do things based on what our conscience says as Humans, we were created with conscience not to just dump it, and follow strict rules we created for ourselves. Just see how the will pity her, had it been she is the VC's, a professor's or a powerful politician's daughter. That's why sometimes I agree with those that says laws are for the poor, especially in Nigeria. This law in particular is too strict, because she had spent almost 4 years in the medical school before she was withdrawn. The money + The time + The stress + risks etc. Only if you know the amount of money spent on an average undergraduate per session.

I've seen three people called to panel for examination malpractice, 2 were expelled.the third one was pardoned because he's dad is a senior lecturer. The 2 that were expelled were caught talking to each other, can you imagine, the judgement passed on them was too strict, because they are already in their final year.

Solution: We are not robots that just pass judgement based on rules and regulations written in paper. expelling someone in year 1 and someone in year 4, with the same for breaking the same rules. We are humans, we should be considerate.
You are now sounding so emotional. Laws are made to keep order. From your comment, we should go ahead and forgive Evans the kidnapper since Babachir Lawal is free man after all they stole from people. The truth is that the world is unfair to some people, some would be lucky in her shoe while others won't but those who are caught should face the music, the law should deal mercilessly with them. You know why? It will discourage those that have the intention of following the same path.

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Re: How I Studied Pharmacy Twice By Lauretta Oyemwenosa Obakpolo by phockallmods: 12:12am On May 27, 2020
Randy100:
You are now sounding so emotional. Laws are made to keep order. From your comment, we should go ahead and forgive Evans the kidnapper since Babachir Lawal is free man after all they stole from people. The truth is that the world is unfair to some people, some would be lucky in her shoe while others won't but those who are caught should face the music, the law should deal mercilessly with them. You know why? It will discourage those that have the intention of following the same path.
you are just a bitter soul, abeg, go commit suicide jare

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Re: How I Studied Pharmacy Twice By Lauretta Oyemwenosa Obakpolo by Randy100: 7:33am On May 27, 2020
phockallmods:
you are just a bitter soul, abeg, go commit suicide jare
I don't think you are alright.

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Re: How I Studied Pharmacy Twice By Lauretta Oyemwenosa Obakpolo by phockallmods: 10:38am On May 28, 2020
Randy100:
I don't think you are alright.
Much more than you would ever be in your life.
Re: How I Studied Pharmacy Twice By Lauretta Oyemwenosa Obakpolo by Randy100: 12:14pm On May 28, 2020
phockallmods:

Much more than you would ever be in your life.
Your entire generation will never reach my greatness. Imp

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Re: How I Studied Pharmacy Twice By Lauretta Oyemwenosa Obakpolo by phockallmods: 12:22pm On May 28, 2020
Randy100:
Your entire generation will never reach my greatness. Imp
I rebuke u and your evil generation. Back to sender.
Die already, male witch like you!

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Re: How I Studied Pharmacy Twice By Lauretta Oyemwenosa Obakpolo by Randy100: 12:38pm On May 28, 2020
phockallmods:
I rebuke u and your evil generation. Back to sender. Die already, male witch like you!
Idiota.

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Re: How I Studied Pharmacy Twice By Lauretta Oyemwenosa Obakpolo by phockallmods: 2:22pm On May 28, 2020
Randy100:
Idiota.
Idiotasius

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Re: How I Studied Pharmacy Twice By Lauretta Oyemwenosa Obakpolo by iaamxavier(m): 3:47pm On May 28, 2020
germaphobe:
also a pharmacy student currently in my 200 level. first semester 100level was cool, was serious and all gp was good and high, fast forward to second semester i screwed up no need of even checking my result cus i know there will be alot of carryovers, started 200level on a sad and depressed mood everything was just not making sense anymore friends still think i'm the same guy they used to know in 100level first semester, before the corona break we were preparing for exams, and some where planning on sitting with me i was thinking of how i'm entering another crisis of carryovers. thank God for the break i have worked on myself and the passion is back can't wait to pick up


You can't have carry over in 100L and move to 200L
You must repeat that 100L.. that's how it's done in every pharmacy school

1F in 100L level and you repeat the level
There's no opportunity of resitting any course in 100l

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