As some may already know, our website not only takes contributions from real-life pharmacists and their perspectives, opinions, advice about working as a pharmacist, it also includes a unique pharmacy school directory unlike those offered from other educational websites. The director lists available pharmacy school and PharmD programs, along with scores on how easy your walk or commute will be to commercial locations. The higher the score, the more walkable it is to the closest stores, restaurants, coffee shops, etc. This directory may serve as an important tool when deciding how well you will adjust to the program of your choice based on convenience to areas you can hang out in, or shop.
Let’s take a closer look at how to use this website more effectively. First, click on the “Pharmacy Schools” link at the top of the webpage:
Next, search for a school that you may be interested in. Here, I selected a school located in favorite city of mine: Chicago
Next, click on the link to the school to arrive at the program’s page:
You will notice three scores for (1) walking, (2) Public Transportation, and (3) Biking. Again, the higher the scores, the better it is to walk, or to find public transportation, or available bike routes. These scores may serve you well if you will not be having a car, or if you do not live close to the school. Obviously, the higher the scores, the less likely you will need to worry about getting around town, or finding your own transportation. If you click on any of the scores, a new webpage will open up in your browser with a map of the school, and more details regarding the relative times using different transportation methods:
Clicking the map, will open up the map with a marked list of area merchants such as coffee shops, restaurants, bars, grocery stores, parks, and many other places. Needless to say, I’d prefer, if possible, to attend my dream school that also offers nearby places of interest where I would not have to drive or walk far to buy groceries, or grab a cup of coffee.
When clicking on a specific category, the navigation window on the left will change to a list of business or landmarks within the category:
These scores on the website should obviously be used with some caution, and only for information purposes only. You should not base your decision on these scores, and it would be recommended to apply to the school that you desire based on what the school can offer you, whether you can get in and afford it, and whether it would be a good match. The scores only offer high easy transportation, or how convenient it would be to walk to the nearest merchant. However, it does not provide any indications on the favorability or satisfaction the location may bring. Some areas with high walking or transportation scores could also resemble congested, urban areas with lots of pollution and noise, and higher cost of living. On the flip-side, schools with lower walking and transit scores may offer an area that is peaceful, quiet, and less-congested. Take for example the University of Hawaii at Hilo College of Pharmacy which currently has a relatively lower score.
However, the school is in Hawaii! How could you not want to live there if you desire paradise, warm weather, water sports, and the beach? To each their own, as some people prefer being around crowds, and others may enjoy living in a place that offers a serene and quiet environment. Therefore, enjoy using the website for further research into the location of your schools…or for your amusement.