A Black Female Medical Student

Archive for May 2009

Posted on: May 27, 2009

Wow! I can’t believe I let so much time go by without updating! I guess I’ve been busy. I went home for an Memorial Day weekend to spend some time with my family, and I had so many things to do before I left, and now I gave to spend the next couple of days playing catch up.

Its the end of the quarter so things are both winding down and wrapping up, if that makes any sense lol.

I cannot WAIT for school to be over, though! All my friends in medical school have pretty much finished their first year for the most part. It seems like every day I see a new facebook status update with some going “YEAAAAH! FIRST YEAR FINISHED! THANK YOU JESUS!”

And I’m over here just chugging along lol.

But yeah.

I’m back in school. Back in Chicago. And its cold and rainy.

Sigh.

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Tis all. 😦

I have a Neuro test tomorrow. I’m in the library now, about to begin my first leg of marathon studying. Then I’m going to clinic tonight, and when I get back, I’ll start my second leg. I’m excited about clinic tonight. I’ve trained myself to think of clinic as fun, as a stress reliever, as a form of relaxation.

Oh when I say clinic I mean the clinic the the medical school runs at the battered women’s shelter. I am on the board, and we have the obligation to lead clinic twice per quarter.It’s crazy how I somehow always manage to get clinic on the night before a test. Like, it almost never fails. Its okay though.

I’m sure that I’ll do well on Neuro tomorrow. To me, the material isn’t all that complicated, its just that its a lot of it. It was worse in the beginning of the year when I had like ZERO memorization skills. Now that I’ve developed some (through some SERIOUS trial and error) things aren’t nearly as bad.

TIP: One trick that I use to memorize details is that I make questions. Whenever I go through a slide or reading material, rather than just taking notes, I always create questions on whatever important points that I want to take away from the source. At the end of my first run through of material, I usually have like…70-100 questions to go through. I then quiz myself, and for whichever one’s I get wrong, I make sure to go back and re-read that section/slide. Then I go through the questions again. Its a quick and dirty way to practice for the test AND is especially helpful in remembering convoluted and random facts that are seemingly unrelated; you will constantly encounter stuff like that in medical school lol.

But yeah. For some reason doing questions just makes things stick better lol.

Anyways, enough of that. Gotta get back to studying.

On the side note. Me and The Boy are on the rocks. I’m so irritated with him now, its not even funny. But I’ll probably write more on that tomorrow, after I’ve slain The Beast that is Neuro Test #2.

Tata for now!

I had so much fun this past weekend! Yesterday we had a dinner party for two of our classmates. It was a great time. Around 20+ people came out to dinner, and we had this loooooong table set out for us. The food was just okay, though.

I don’t know if I’m cut out for the fancy-schmancy restaurant thing, to be perfectly honest. Every time I’ve gone to one, I just wasn’t that excited about the food. Give me my chain restaurants: Cheesecake Factory, Carrabas… and my take out joints:  Uncle Joe’s Jerk, Harold’s Chicken, Yum’s Chinese, and of course, my fast food: Popeye’s chicken, Mickey D’s, Checkers and I’m happy!

I am a woman of simple tastes, ya dig?

Anyways, afterwards we went out clubbing. I had a great time. Danced a lot. Got extreeeeemely tipsy! Afterwards, I decided to sleep over at The Boy’s house, which may not have been the best idea lol! We got up late this morning, ate some food and decided to do an assignment that we have due tomorrow. So the time comes for me to leave, and what do you know….. We WOULD see 3 of our classmates walking out of his building at the exact same time as us! And worse part is they all came to the party last night, and there I was wearing the exact same clothes from last night!

Walk of shame… and I’m not even in college!!! And nothing between us has even happened like that! We just like cuddling. He’s a great cuddler. 🙂

I guess it only an issue because we’re trying to keep things on the low. Since we have all the same friends and things, we’re trying to minimize the awkwardness.

And believe me, it was soooooo awkward! But that’s what comes with dating someone in your class I guess. Haha.

I can laugh about it now, but I’m certain I must have just looked PURPLE at the time cuz I’m SURE I was blushing lol.

Anyways, that’s that! I’m going to try to get my mind back into school mode. I have a very busy week ahead of me!

Posted on: May 8, 2009

Lol…. so I passed the Epi midterm. It really wasn’t that bad, in hindsight.I just let myself get worked up about things sometimes lol.

I’m looking forward to the weekend though. Tonight I plan on going downtown to do some lightweight shopping. I need some jewelry and running shoes.

Tomorrow I’ll probably do a protein treatment on my hair and then do some studying for Neuro. In the evening, I have a birthday dinner that I organized for a couple of classmates. I’ve invited some old college friends and will probably be going out afterward so that will be fun.

Also the weather has been nice, so I’ve been in a pretty good mood.

Truthfully, school isn’t SO stressful this quarter, or maybe I just have a better handle on dealing with my stress, because I have been really busy. Who knows.

My summer research stuff has been going okay. I’ve even started some preliminary writing. If everything goes the way I want, I will have authored my first publication and will be working on my second by the end of the summer. I’m not going to be able to get first authorship on this one, but hopefully I’ll be able to get it on the second one.

What else is going on…. oh yeah. I’m going home next weekend! Exciting. I really need to get away. Chicago is fun, but its totally consuming. I just want to get some of my life back lol. Also, I will be attending my older sis’ graduation so that should be fun.

Yup. So  just one more month of school and then I’m freeeeeeeeeeeeeee….. to go and focus on research lol.

Ah well. 🙂

I have an Epidemiology test in less than 2 hours, and I am freaking out!

What the heck???! I hate EPI!

Actually, I don’t hate it. I just don’t like my class. And we’ve been in school since the first of August. I am losing my drive. And my motivation.

School just keeps dragging on and I still have another month of this madness.

After that, I don’t even get a real break! I’ve got summer research crap.

*sobs*

Sometimes I really wonder what on earth POSSESSED me to sign myself up for this crap.

*sighs*

Yeah so, I’m sitting here in my very messy room, uploading photos to facebook and blogging. There were several photos that I had to like… not post because they were way too close between me and and this friend of mine who is definitely in a relationship. I don’t know what was going on with me that night! I’m thinking about labeling the album “overly affectionate”. I was kissing and hugging everyone it seems. 🙂

But yeah, I really need to get past this messy room thing. But is soooo messy. Every time I start, I don’t finish because its too much!

I really need to finish though. I want to do it tonight. It was something that I said was going to do this weekend, and I really want to make sure that I get it done.

Me and the Boy are getting closer. I don’t know how I feel about it to be perfectly honest. Like, he’s an awesome guy and I think he’s great. Its just is he someone I can see myself committing long term to? I don’t know. Because that’s what its going to be essentially. Since we’re in the same class and everything.  I’m just really uncertain about everything.

Confused.

Anyways, I love the weekend.

I love the weekend because its when I put everything on hiatus.

I feel like I spend the larger part of the week running around like a chicken with its head cut off. During the weekend, I can sit, read, watch movies/TV,  hang out downtown, spend time with the Boy. Its so nice. I’m starting to really appreciate my weekends. Because I know tomorrow, when reality hits, I’m going to go right back into stress mode. There’s a test on Wednesday, my to-do list is like a million items long, I’m not happy with my hair, I have community service, yadda yadda yadda.

I’m getting a handle on it though. Its all about incorporating new things one item at a time. I’ve done really well these past couple of weeks with maintaining certain parts of my life in a somewhat balanced matter. Now I just have to work on the other parts.