A Black Female Medical Student

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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.


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.


Sitting in the computer lab, semi-studying, semi-contemplating my last day as a 20 year old.

20 was a big year for me. I finally broke up with my ex, graduated from college, lived by myself for the first time, learned to cook really well, got my first car, moved to Chicago, had my first real spring break (went to Miami… it was AWESOME), and STARTED MEDICAL SCHOOL.

It was definitely a fun age. I’m looking forward to 21 though, I can finally stop sneaking into 21 & over clubs! I know my friends have been annoyed, because its always some huge escapade to get me in. I mean, I know every trick in the game to get in where I really don’t fit in lol.

Still, it was fun.

I also have a Chicago winter to look forward to… I really don’t look forward to that. Its already BLISTERINGLY cold, and I SWEAR I saw some snowflakes yesterday. However, fall/ winter fashion up here is just TO DIE FOR!!! I never knew you could look so cute in the cold! These Chicagoans have opened my eyes up to new things.

Not to mention, I have a whole bunch of new friends. Of course I miss my old ones, but my new ones are amazing too. They are some of the smartest, funniest, kindest people I have ever met in life.

Despite the fact that medical school has taken over my life, I still think my birthday weekend is going to be extra fun. Not only because its Halloween, but also cuz…. ITS HOMECOMING WKND!!!

Yeah, 21 will be fun.

And, YES, I will be able to experience life as a 21 yr old on a college campus after all. Even if only for a weekend. 🙂

I am very excited, not only for the parties, concerts, old friends, etc., but BECAUSE I AM GETIING OUT OF CHICAGO.

Don’t get me wrong, I love it here. But it’ll be nice to get AWAY. I’m going back to the undergrad, and please believe I will be acting bad.

But not too bad of course… don’t want to compromise this new pre-professional image I got going on.

But anyways, there is this HUGE party happening this Saturday, and I bought the dress for it. Believe me… its sleek. Maybe a little too sleek…… lol.

Still it is my 21st, so its all about the grown and sexy, right? I got the sexy down, but the grown is still a few hours away….

Anyways, let me stop being silly.

I have to take a Biochemistry test before I leave (life of a med student, the work never, EVER stops), but after that… gameover.

So once again, its back to studying for me…. TATA.

Oh yeah… here is a song that has been playing in the back of my mind this whole week.

Cupid… doesn’t lie
But you won’t know unless you give it a try
Oh baby, true love
won’t lie but we won’t know unless we give it a try

Luuuuuuuv it!

Posted on: July 28, 2008

This post is gonna be hella short, because I am *DEAD* tired.

I leave for Chicago on TUESDAY… i.e., TOMORROW.

I have to go shopping… pack… and get my hair done.

Oh yeah, and I bought my ticker fot $106…. yeah, baby… Priceline has been my best friend lately.

In other news, I feel INFINITELY better about going to medical school now. I asked my best friend, a business major, to draw up a budget for me, so that I will only be spending a minimum amount of loan money this year. He also happens to be a freakin Excel GENIUS so I know he’s going to work some magic for me.

Also, I have enlisted the help of my Auntie to put my weave in for me *FREE* (yes, Queen of Cheapnicity is at it again) so, thats just one less kink that I need to work out in life. I have never had a weave put in my hair before…. I want to get a full sew-in for myriad reasons of which I won’t go into now because black haircare is another on of my slight obsessions and once I get started on it, I can’t stop…. I just keep going and going and going….

But I’m getting some human hair track sewn in… I’m going for the long flowy look… a la recent photos of Tatyana Ali or Sanaa Lathan… lemme find some for ya….

Doesn’t Tatyana’s skin look gorgeous? Mine has been burnt to a crisp due to all the cavorting in the sun that I’ve been doing. But I want th length to be a little close to Tatyana’s rather than Sanaa… I can’t have that much fake hair on my haed. I think I would keep over and fall from the weight.

Really… I’m just an itty-bitty thing. I’m going to have to put some photos up of myself in the near future, though I liked the thought of being an anonymous blogger, I think it will be fun for this blog to have a “face”.

Okay, seriously, I’m tired.


I am so tired. Work has been very draining lately. We have inspectors coming in, meaning, everybody works extra hard to try and do all the work they SHOULD have been doing for the past 3 moths in a span of 2 days. Its so ludicrous to me because office goes through this every 3 months or so. At least. Its ridiculous. Seriously, people need to get fired.

I am still searching to find a house. At first I entered the search really excited about the prospect of finding this cute little flat in the middle of the city, you know…. finally I was going to realize all my dreams of that Sex and the Cityesque kind of life, but that died. Now I just want to find a place and get on to thinking about more important things, like whether or not I want to buy a dog, and how to pay for my trip to Miami.

(15 more days. I…. can’t… wait.)

This is the spot we’re staying in:

Isn\'t it purty? Living room area.... omg we are gonna party soo hard.....

The pool....

Makes me wish I could swim.....

6 ppl.... 2 beds.

I found this one review about the place from “Timmy”:

“Very noisy with low class cliente (umm… okay.) If you don’t mind loud music by the pool (sounds sexy!) and it running into your room with neighbors partying all night long (sounds fun!) this is the place for you. I think that it is great that they have programs for the kids, however, not at the cost of peace and quiet. Don’t expect to get much sleep in while staying here ( uhh…. I wasn’t. But question, who really comes to South Beach to sleep?).”

Now, I really feel bad that Timmy and his family didn’t get the experience that they were looking for…. really, I do. But I am excited!

I know, the place isn’t exactly the Waldorf-Astoria, but I believe that it will serve our purposes well. I mean, its located right in the middle of South Beach. Not to knock Timmy or anything, but next time you take the kids to Florida for good clean family fun, try Orlando. Real talk.

Anyways, back to apt. shopping (ugh) I ran across this spot thats $900/mo for 2 people, furnished (except for the 2nd bedroom) and 2 blocks away from school. I saw the pics on line, and its actually very pretty. Sounds like a steal, right? But if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. I talked to the realtor and he seems like a nice guy, but I’m just not sure about him. Anyways, I hit up the future roomie, and she seems down, so maybe I can finish this search once and for all.

By the way…. I’m scheduled for a raise at work (yes!). This is right in time for school shopping….. I think I will make my next post about how I plan to FRUGALLY prepare for the rigors of a Chicago winter.

Goodnight, my love.

I decided to start a new blog today. I have done this in the past, tried and failed several times. But it won’t happen this time…. I have a feeling about this one.

I think I’m a maverick. I looked up the definition today:

“One that refuses to abide by the dictates of or resists adherence to a group; a dissenter.adj. Being independent in thought and action or exhibiting such independence…”

Anyways, thats where the blog title came from. Cuz I be maverickin’. It can be used as a verb, you know (wiki definition) or so says Wikipedia.

A little bit about me. Right now, I am without money. My credit card company decreased the limit on my card WITHOUT WARNING (click here!) and my phone company cut off my cell phone bill so I can’t call them to cuss them out. I also can’t get my phone back on because my credit card is now useless so…. yeah, I’m in a pretty pathetic situation.

I am also looking for a place to live in a little place called Chicago starting August 1. Today is July 5 and I still have NO IDEA where I will be living. I have even less time than it sounds because I’m going to Miami on July 23-27…. a trip that I still don’t know how I will be paying for *tears*.

I got paid yesterday and my check was immediately swallowed up due to my past few months of bad spending habits and irresponsible financial choices (see, I can take ownership of my faults). It sucks because this should have been a weekend of GREAT SHOPPING for me…. there were so many AMAZING sales this weekend *sobs*.

Alas, I am reaping the consequences of my actions. I know its my fault, but I didn’t think life after college would be like this. Bush and his abysmal leadership skills have wreaked havoc on the economy and my life! And I know I’m not the only one who’s crying. At least I got into med school…. can’t tell you how many friends I have wandering around aimlessly and jobless… and broke. Just last summer our eyes were starry-eyed and full of hope.

And now….. oh well.

Anyways as Ella said so beautifully, goodnight my love.

OH AND GO SEE HANCOCK! Saw it last night and LOVED IT!


    • abeja: Just found this blog skimming seems interesting...
    • Tashawna: Hey, Im a freshman in college and have been skimming through a few of your blogs. I just wanted to ask you some questions on how you got into medschoo
    • blackgirlmd: No she wasn't scared. Like I said, I think she already knew. My hours are cool. I have about four 8-hr shifts every wk which is pretty chill. Wayyy be