Archive | October, 2013

Life Update

24 Oct

Well, it’s been a while……

since the last time I posted here I was accepted to medical school, graduated university,  had a fantastic summer holiday with lots of amazing trips and finished the first block of medical school!

I’ve finally gotten used to the med student schedule which means that most of my time is spent studying and reading up on things for class & in my limited free time I either want to catch up on sleep or go work-out, be social with friends, or try something new. When I started this blog in January, I didn’t know how the rest of the year would play out and what I would end up doing.  While I’m so glad that I was accepted to med school, the amount of time that school & studying takes up is a little overwhelming & it’m still trying to find the right balance.  It was really hard after a year of finishing school as a part-time student & a fun summer break to go back to studying like a fiend (like the hardest part of undergrad X100).  I think the other part though is that now my school has unrolled a new curriculum that shortened the medical foundations course from 2 years to 18 months & my class is the first class on this new curriculum.  I think it’ll be good in the long term, especially when it comes to taking the Step1. Everything is integrated which cuts out a lot of redundancies and helps build understanding and application between all of the different subjects we are covering.  It’s still hard in the short term because for me some subjects are much more difficult than others (ugh, biochem) and it made it hard to plan out a schedule.  How can you stick to a regular routine when the schedule changes week-to-week & some subjects I needed to study a lot more than others?

Regardless, Block one is officially behind me! I’m done with Biochem, Gross Anatomy, Histology, and Embryology for the forseeable future.  One of the perks of our new curriculum and class structure is that if you pass the final exam for each block (finals are always scheduled on Mondays) you get a week’s holiday.  Those unfortunate enough to not pass, have to go to remediation all week & retake a final exam at the end of the week. Today, Oct 23, is the second day after the block 1 final & I don’t know what to do with myself and all this free time.  I woke up at 6:30 am yesterday and have been going stir crazy since then. Nothing to study, no deadline to meet or meeting to go to.  I tried to relax and catch up with the rest of the world by watching a couple movies  but I kept feeling like I had something else to do or that today was Sunday & that I had things to do for school tomorrow. I’m sure I’ll be basking in the freedom after a couple of days though, then med foundations II will start all too soon.

In regards to this blog, with all the fun trips I was lucky to take this summer and then the whirlwind that has been my first block of school, this has gotten pretty neglected.  I would like to keep it up though as a fun distractor for me.  It’ll be partly about pretty beauty things but also a kind of journal for how this whole medical school thing treats me.  Ideally, I’d like to post once a week with a weekly favorites/fails and a weekly empties thing with sporadic posts on other beauty things as the mood strikes. The beauty blog/vlog world is way oversaturated so i’m not expecting that I’ll have any revolutionary insight or anything, I just enjoy it & like to talk about it.   I’d also like to add a weekly update of what I though of school that week. Some weeks will be glowing with details of amazing experiences and others will probably be a lot of sleep deprived self-indulgent whinging I’m sure.  I just want to be able to look back on the whole thing and see that those hard weeks were really worth it.

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