A Black Female Medical Student

Archive for December 2008

I have less than 1 wk before I gotta go back and start school again.

I don’t wanna go back!!!!

😦

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Helloooooo!

Its been forever since I’ve updated I know. I’m sorry. Finals happened, and then post-finals partying, and then I had to travel home…. and now I’m here. Home. Again.

Its kinda boring, but nice. The last time I was here, I still had studying to do so that I could gear up for finals. Now…. I don’t have anything to do, but yet I still have lots to do.

I went to the bookstore last night and bought 6 books:

1. The Shack, by William P. Young. I finished this one today. Good, solid book. Its basically all of Young’s ideas on the Trinity and other aspect of theology hidden within a fictional novel, and also apparently the subject of quite a bit of controversy. Partly because for about 3/4 of the book God is portrayed by a large, stereotypical, black women (seriously, I almost put the book down after that. It wasn’t just that she was big and black, but that was she was so stereotypical, and I’m tired of seeing black women portrayed that way in the media. I mean, she was in the kitchen barefoot 1/2 the time, and speaking incorrect English the other 1/2. ) There are also some arguments that the book isn’t theologically sound, but then again, what book ever really is (besides the Bible, of course.) I thought that the spirit and the purpose behind the book was good, and that it could be a wonderful evangelical tool if used correctly. The writing was kinda iffy, but the content and plot made up for it.

2. Candide by Voltaire. I don’t know. I walked past it by the bookstore and I decided to pick up. I’ve always liked satire, and he’s supposed to be one of the best.I’m reading it now. I might post a review when I’m done.

3. Walden and Civil Disobedience by Henry David Thoreau. This has been on my reading list since my junior year of high school. I heard both Gandhi and MLK loved it.

4. The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama. I’m liking this dude more and more everyday. Oh, and I saw Michelle Obama by the way! It was just her in a motorcade, riding past, but I was so happy about it. Especially since I know they will have moved to DC by the time I make it back to Chicago. I also saw another Obama motorcade when I was riding to O’Hare airport, but I couldn’t make out which one it was.

5. War & Peace by Tolstoy. Lol. Don’t even ask me why. I just know I don’t want to have died without having read it and I may as well do it now. I don’t know that I will have it finished by the end of break; not because of its length, but because it looks SO BORING. Lol. But I will have it finished by the end of 2009. How about that?

I also have 3 DVD’s that I bought over Thanksgiving break and never got a chance to watch: The Last King of Scotland, When Harry Met Sally, and Borat. They were all on sale for like $5 so I decided to get them. I bought The Last King of Scotland because I heard it was good, When Harry Met Sally because I feel like I’ve missed out on the many media references to it for long enough, and Borat because I nearly died laughing when I saw it the first time.

Also, I plan to work on my French. There is this awesome website called LiveMocha.com. Where you can learn any of 6 (I think???) languages for free. I figure between my (albeit meager) background in French, one classmate that I have who is fluent, and LiveMocha I should get to conversational level by summer. I want to go to Haiti on this scholarship that my school is offering.

So yeah, that’s it: books, movies, and French.

Oh yeah, and then there’s ice-skating, seeing all my friends brand new babies, Christmas and New Year’s.

I’m looking forward to it.

Happy Holidays to you and yours!!!

So…. its cold and snowy in Chicago, and I’m right smack in the middle of finals. Blah.

I’ve been here in Panera studying with my big sib (who is so awesome by the way…. I like her so much) ALL DAY. But its not too bad! Nice ambiance, good food and good company make for happy studying.

If only the weather weren’t so…. stupid.

One thing that has (negatively) surprised me about Chicago is how much it snows.

Don’t get me wrong, I knew it would be cold. I just didn’t know HOW cold. It was in the TEENS yesterday! The TEENS!

Its ridiculous! I was happy and enchanted after the first snowfall, but since like… Monday its just been snowing incessantly and in all different kinda ways! Snow flurries, snow showers, sleet, freezing rain….

I find it annoying. I’m used to getting like one big snow and everybody gets all excited and then its over. Not this unending…. froth.

And the worst thing about it is that we get all this snow and no snow days.

But yeah.

So in other news….

I went to the club last night. It was fun, I guess. The music was good, but there were just all kinds of shady characters milling about. I mean sketchy people all around! And I have never seen so many (seemingly) straight guys dance with each other and seem happy about it. Not that there’s anything wrong with it, but that behavior is generally reserved for females. And, dude, they were amp’d.

But the music was good…. I think I would have had more fun if I was just a little more drunk. Only cuz my inhibitions would have been lowered. I was dancing, but not too much. I just had this lingering fear in the back of my mind that if I got too jiggy with it, one of those shady characters would have tried to dance with me.

I went with a one other female classmate and a whole bunch of male classmates. They were having fun using the “I’m a medical student at [insert name of prestigious unversity here]” line. The girls were just loving it.

And the guys were just loving it that the girls were just loving it.

Sketchy.

But yeah, thats really about it. I’ll be back home again in a week and I’m really trying to do something fun and refreshing. No more loafing. Maybe I’ll go visit my sister or visit some of my friends that I have scattered about the US.

Anyways, its back to studying for me.

Smooches!