Late Fall 2017
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November is Educational Trust Month! The Trust has awarded hundreds of scholarships to our sisters. Who was the first educational grant named after?
Upcoming Dates
December 3-6, 2017
ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting & Exposition in Orlando, Florida

December 15, 2017
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January 15, 2018
LKS Educational Grant Application Deadline

February 15, 2018
Chapter Update Forms Due
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Greetings from your Grand Vice President for Collegiates!

I hope you all had a great semester! I can't believe the fall semester is coming to an end, and the holidays are knocking at our door. These next couple of months can be the busiest with finals, Midyear, moving home and the holidays. Check out the article below by Debbie Bourquin and Christina Inteso on how to survive Midyear. And don't forget to visit us at Booth #101!

Another important survival tip is to practice self-care. Here are some of my favorite tips:

1. Relax with rain sounds. I use the Sleep Machine app to create my own mix of relaxing sounds!
2. Try meditating. I use the Insight Timer app to walk me through meditation and set my intentions for having a successful day. 
3. Use aromatherapy to lift your mood. Our emotions are easily influenced by our surroundings. Try lavender to help you relax and calm down. Citrus makes you feel happy, and peppermint or rosemary help sharpen your mind and focus.
4. Stretch during long study breaks. This will get your blood flowing and give you a sense of rejuvenation. 
5. Fill your space with inspirational quotes. When things get tough, have a pick-me-up message ready to go.
I hope you enjoy this edition of LinKS. Keep in touch!


Amanda Higgins, PharmD
Grand Vice President for Collegiates
Christina Inteso, Northeastern Region Supervisor
Debbie Bourquin, Midwestern Region Supervisor
ASHP Midyear is right around the corner! Midyear can be overwhelming and intimidating. Follow these tips from Christina and Debbie to help make your experience a little less stressful. Don't forget to stop by Booth #101 to see members from Grand Council and Headquarters. See you there!
Xi Chapter Family Brunch with KY XI
Do you ever struggle to explain to your family what LKS is about? Check out this article from Xi Chapter on how they partnered with Kappa Psi for a family event. This event is a great way to teach your families about the organization you joined, as well as to recruit potential new members. Great job, Xi Chapter!
Alpha Xi Medicare Health Fair AlphaXi
Medicare Open Enrollment has begun! This can be an extremely difficult process for our senior population. Alpha Xi Chapter partnered with Medicare to organize a health fairwhere our sisters provided many services such as MTM, screening and testing. They also helped seniors to find the best Part D plan for them. Excellent community service, Alpha Xi!
Personal DevelopmentDevelopment
LKS is dedicated to professional development and personal growth of its members. As collegiates, you are on an accelerated course to prepare you for the real world once you graduate. While pharmacy school has a lot of opportunities for professional development, personal growth can sometimes be cast aside. However, it is extremely important to focus on yourself so you can reach your full potential!

Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs suggests that all individuals have a built-in need for personal development, which occurs through the process of self-actualization. 

Our basic needs include physiological needs, like food, water, warmth and rest as well as a sense of security and safety. Our psychological needs include building relationships and having a feeling of accomplishment and purpose. Our final needs are for self-fulfillment, where we can achieve our full potential. 

How do we get to reaching our full potential? By working on our personal development! Here are some tips on how to get started:

1. Develop Your Personal Vision
A crucial part of development is having an end goal in sight. Where do you want to be in a few months or a few years? Why? Clearly defining where you want to be will allow you to focus on what is going to get you there. 

2. Plan Your Personal Development
What skills do you need to get to where you want to be? What can you do to help you reach your goal? Where is your current skill set compared to where it needs to be? Start to identify what you need to accomplish and prioritize what needs to be done first. Focus on a few things at a time so you don't become overwhelmed. 

3. Start the Improvement Process
Start working on some of your goals on your personal development plan. "A dream becomes a goal when action is taken toward its achievement." -- Bo Bennett

4. Record Your Personal Development
Keep a record of what you've learned. Write down the date and time period, a brief background, what exactly you did, the effect your action had and the outcome. Not only will you be able to look back and reflect, but this will be extremely helpful during interviews.

5. Review and Revise Your Plan
Review your plan regularly to make sure your activities are moving you closer to your goals. Life changes, and so will your goals. Revise your plans so they align with what you actually want for your life. 

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