It is difficult to overestimate everything that VSMU means to each student in the life. The university gave us education, friends, someone met his/her love here. Despite all the complexity of studying, the heart clenches at the thought that on 1st September you will not attend a lecture, you will not get an impressive stack of books in the library, you will not walk along your own corridors, greeting each other and academic staff.
Is it difficult to study at the Pharmaceutical Faculty? Insanely. But if you cultivate discipline and responsibility in yourself, everything will be generously repaid. Any work is not useless, every effort is rewarded. Therefore, I firmly adhere to the point the university means primarily a hard study, and then everything else. There is no medicine for fun. I remember Natalia Y. Konevalova warning us at some of the lectures that "there is no one outside the university who will whisper in your ear how to act in this or that situation. You are facing alone the problem, and your patients hope for your help."
Pathological physiology and chemistry of poisons were among my favorite subjects. Both disciplines were aimed at understanding the underlying essence of the processes in a human body, and who else does not like to get to the root of the matter?
I remember the exciting and cheerful first academic year, the remarkable Chair of Social and Humanitarian sciences, Kuznetsova’s lectures on physiology, performances of the legendary FCI-players.
The second academic year passed through under the aegis of three chemistries and botany. I never liked this herb, and I felt like shooting myself before every analyst. However, I did not understand how I finished the second year with excellent marks in these subjects. Apparently, what the eye fears, the hands do. It was a kind of challenge for me: whether you cope with what provokes rejection.
The third academic year meant pharmacy technology and biochemistry. "Pharmacy" was interesting. I liked remembering how to prepare this or that dosage form, how to mix different substances, calculate the dose. I would say, such a potion making, the course of a beginner-alchemist. Orlova Lyudmila G. taught us the biochemistry, and I would say that I knew the manual from cover to cover. But, returning to what I said before, any work is repaid. Once my relative after being operated was forbidden to eat green vegetables, and everyone fell into perplexity: why the doctor restricted this? Maybe he joked or hinted that the patient had to go on a diet? But the reason was in vitamin K, contained in green vegetables, which promotes the thrombi formation. I remembered this thanks to the biochemistry and warned my relative that the doctor's injunction was justified. Now you would not say "why the pharmacist needs it ?"
During the fourth academic year, the pharmachemistry undoubtedly took the lead: lectures, cards, tests, and tasks. To prepare for the colloquy, you had to spend the whole weekend - it turned out to be a small session. And I spent days and nights at the Department of Industrial Technology, while writing a diploma. By the way, I recommend writing a thesis paper to anyone who is interested in science. Yes, it's very hard, you would fail two hundred times to complete it, and you would leave the laboratory covered with soapsuds and exhausted, but the result is worth it.
Today, completing the fifth-year course, I realize how we have grown up and changed a lot in these five years. We are on the verge of a new stage in our life, which basis VSMU gave us, or to be more exact, the most important part of it are academic staff. Thanks to those who, despite everything, found the strength to interest the student, fulfilled their duty with brilliance in imparting the knowledge, who stretched their helping hand in hard times. Each of us is having your heritage, and I hope we will carry it with honor outside the University.
Alexandra Chernysheva (Ganevich), graduate of the Pharmaceutical Faculty.