I haven’t posted in 9 days!
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! (;
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!
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.
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!
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.
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 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?