i just graduated and got a job (although some ppl still haven't, due to the economy and competition). I think that 7 months should be enough, it sounds more then what mine was (like 40 hrs in ER), hehe. I started off in the gift shop, they let me have some of the snacks + popcorn, it was awesome.
Yeah my gpa was a 3.8 the 1st time i applied but with 0 hospital volunteering. The 2nd time i applied, it was around 3.6 but with 40 hrs volunteering. Weird, huh. I would keep it above 3.5 if I were u. I got into the spring class instead of the fall class, so who knows, fall class may be more competitive.
Pharm is taught by one guy, in a huge auditorium in jester, it usually weeds out a lot of people. He goes over a crapload of drugs/day, so the # of drugs to memorize is crazy. You will find mnemonics to be very helpful. I barely made a B, but i remember after tests, he showed us a bell curve where a lot of people made C's, less B's, and very few A's.
I would suggest find a partner and study drugs with them. You could also do the S.H.I.N.E. volunteering in the SoN on top of the hospital volunteering to get a good letter of rec from faculty.
Aaah, I'm trying to improve my GPA. It's a 3.4 right now and I'm planning to apply this fall to get in for spring 2013. I looked into the shine program... thanks! Did you get your other letters of rec. from other sci. professors?