Monday, February 27, 2012

MPA Awards Banquet

Good morning!

I’m here with my final recap from the MPA ACE! In case you’re catching up from the weekend, you can read the first two posts about the convention below:

So Saturday night was the final banquet, which is my favorite part of the whole weekend. Even though shopping for dresses is kind of a pain, I do like getting dressed up and wearing them Smile.


Eric, Brad, Gina and I got all dolled up in our hotel rooms before heading downstairs to catch the last few minutes of the cocktail hour and take some pictures.



By the time we arrived the drink line was out the door, but we weren’t about to miss out on our free drink! (They give everyone one free drink token.) Unfortunately, I left my ID up in the hotel room and didn’t realize it until we were almost up to the bar. I quickly bolted back up to our room and grabbed it, but by the time I got back everyone had made their way into the main ballroom to be seated for dinner. Since people were still finding their seats, I decided I had time to run over to the bar and still make use of my token – there were no lines this time Winking smile. I’m happy to report I was successful and nabbed myself a glass of white zin to enjoy with my dinner.


Speaking of dinner, it was quite tasty!

It started off with salad and a roll.


I wasn’t particularly excited about the main entrée when I saw what the wait staff was serving (some kind of steak and salmon combo), so I politely asked our server if there was a vegetarian option available. She told me they had a lasagna dish and kindly brought me a plate. I was pleasantly surprised when I saw my meal because this wasn’t just any lasagna: it was a spinach and artichoke lasagna!


It was so good. I actually think I am going to try to recreate this recipe sometime in the next few weeks.

Oh, and we can’t forget the dessert.


CHEESECAKE! Enough said. The girl next to me gave up sweets for Lent, and it took a lot of willpower not to snatch her piece Winking smile.


I spent about an hour eating and chatting with the pharmacists at my table, and then it was time for the awards ceremony.


A number of pharmacists were recognized for their achievements in the profession over the past year, and the installation of this year’s MPA president took place as well. I mentioned this the other day, but my preceptor of my current rotation was actually the president last year so he got to do the installation.


Pretty neat!


The awards ceremony lasted about an hour and a half and when it was over, Eric, Gina and I were invited to the president’s suite where they were hosting a little shin-dig for the members. My preceptor introduced Eric and I to quite a few pharmacists, including a few who work in Traverse City. These conventions are all about networking! We were up at the suite for about an hour and then came back to the hotel room to change before going to the downstairs bar in the hotel lobby.


We were probably at the bar for an hour or so before we realized how completely wiped out we were and decided to call it a night.

Yesterday morning, we were up bright and early for a pharmacy law review, and then Gina and I drove back to Grand Rapids. I spent the rest of the day unpacking, lounging, and taking care of some “graduation business.”


I cannot believe I’m actually filling out my pharmacist license application! I’ve been in college for six years, but it feels like I just started yesterday. Crazy!

Oh, and I’ll definitely be using up every last penny of those student loans.

Getting licensed is expensive!

Time for my last week at my compounding rotation. I have a presentation tomorrow, and then my last day is on Wednesday. I’m really going to miss that place!

Catch ya later Smile


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