9 Days!

I haven’t posted in 9 days!

Illinois

Illinois weather has been really sucky the past 9 days. Rainy, cloudy, and cold. I don’t usually mind but it is the summer and I am at school with no one so it is pretty depressing to be stuck inside while it rains all day. Today, however, the sun came out and so I was very excited to take a good panoramic picture of the sunset from my balcony! (;

First real sunset in a while! They come and go so quick here!

First real sunset in a while! They come and go so quick here!

12 minutes after the above picture!!

12 minutes after the above picture!! The sky is amazing.

Class

It has been a busy 9 days! My second exam is tomorrow so I have been studying a lot. I think I slacked off a bit in paying attention during class for this material – mostly because I was so bored since it was a lot of “information dumps” (as my professor calls them) and memorizing. I’ve been forcing myself to study really hard for this exam. I feel like if I don’t do as well on this one as I did on the last one I am not only letting myself down, but also I am letting down my professor. I don’t know why I feel like that but it has really been motivating me to study hard for this exam now. I made some awesome study sheets and met with some friends at Starbucks to work on studying over the weekend, so hopefully that pays off!

Study sheet setup. I lived at my desk all weekend.

Study sheet setup. I lived at my desk all weekend.

Saturday morning scone (:

Saturday morning scone with homework (:

Research

I have been imagining slides in lab which is really cool. I have seen pictures in class of DAPI stains (binds to DNA so you can identify nuclei) and other protein stains, but I have never seen a stain for my own experiment, so I was pretty excited to look at the first brain. It takes a little while to go through and image all of them, so I have been moving pretty slowly – especially because of studying. I am hoping to pick up the pace after my exam.

Fitness

Don’t judge, but I have barely worked out these past 9 days! I think that blogging keeps me on schedule with working out because I don’t want to go on and seem lazy when I talk about my day, so I work out. However, since I haven’t been blogging my workouts have suffered. I did go down to the gym in my building and went on the elliptical for 40 minutes or so the other day, but other than that I have been quite lazy. As per the recommendation of MiniMD I am going to download a couch to 5k app and start running! Wish me luck!

Food

Another disappointment. Stress eating all the time! I have been out to eat a lot with my friends from class and have been going through my leftover pasta so I have been quite unhealthy! I realized from this exam period that when I am not being healthy and working out and staying on schedule then I tend to not do as well with the material! I am really hoping this doesn’t make my exam grade suffer and I am really planning on getting back into a good schedule and NOT staying up until 2 AM watching Grey’s while stuffing my face with veggie straws.

Went out for Ramen with a friend from class

Went out for Ramen with a friend from class

Ironically I only took pictures of my healthy food choices. I didn't want you all to know (;

Ironically I only took pictures of my healthy food choices. I didn’t want you all to know (;

Tried my hand at overnight oats. They weren't my favorite but I think that is because I didn't add enough honey.

Tried my hand at overnight oats. They weren’t my favorite but I think that is because I didn’t add enough honey. PS I really don’t like my thumb in this picture.

Life

My best friend, Jake, came and visited with his girlfriend the other day, so it was really fun to actually hang out with someone and not be terribly lonely since campus is empty this summer! I spent the morning snap-chatting his girlfriend being very shocked by the fact that he was awake at 8 AM. I am so excited for the semester to start so that all of my friends are back on campus. College is more fun when people are here with you. I also ordered the book “Med School Confessions” after reading a post on A Life in Scrubs and I am really looking forward to reading it AFTER my exam is done!

I don't know why I saved this picture before I wrote the word "early"

I don’t know why I saved this picture before I wrote the word “early” Notice my hood because Illinois weather has been awful! 

I hope everyone has been having a great July and I am looking forward to getting back on a schedule, posting more, and hopefully doing well on my exam tomorrow!

How do you stay on schedule? Do you ever stop being healthy for a week or two? 

2 thoughts on “9 Days!

  1. Thanks for the shoutout!! I definitely hit a little bit of a mental block at week 4 with the app (I think it was just too hot outside!) but I seem to be back on track. 🙂 I’ll look forward to seeing how you like it!

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